La Motte, Franschhoek
If ever there was a place to experience the finer things in life, this boutique wine estate owned by the Rupert Family would be it.
La Motte was acquired in 1970 by the late Dr Anton Rupert, it certainly sets the benchmark for combing good wine with food, art and music.
Now owned by Rupert’s daughter, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, former leading mezzo-sopranos in SA, she is also the inspiration behind the Classical Music Concerts programme enjoyed in the Historic Cellar on the estate.
La Motte’s Historic Buildings
In fact, La Motte boasts four buildings of historical significance – all dating back to the 1700s, including the only working water mill of its kind in the Franschhoek Valley. All the structures have been fully restored and preserved by the Rupert family.
But a visit to this Franchhoek gem means you need to coincide your diary and plan accordingly – not only for the music events mentioned above but for their exceptionally curated art exhibitions.
Fleurs de La Motte Experience
The La Motte Museum – currently closed until 31 January – is set to reopen to the public on 1 February 2018 for the Fleurs de La Motte Experience. This will see the museum, alternating on a weekly basis, between a sculpting demonstration by Toby Megaw or a walk-about with artist Paula van Coller-Louw or Museum Curator, Eliz-Marié Schoonbee. Reservations are essential. The experience concludes with tea in the Pierneef à La Motte gardens.
La Motte experiences for any day of the week
The estate’s elegant Tasting Room is where you can enjoy the pairing of five La Motte wines with five tastings of Pierneef à La Motte’s cuisine created by Chef Michelle Theron. Or otherwise plan around their special Thursday mornings Sculpture Walk – a guided tour along all the female sculptures on the estate.
It encapsulates a fine appreciation for the balance between artistic creation and the important role played by women in society. Their Historic Walk on Wednesday mornings offers a brief résumé of the history and heritage of the estate, after which the tour proceeds through La Motte’s rose garden and dwells at four national monuments gracing the Franschhoek Valley landscape.
For the wine-loving, eco-traveller within
The La Motte Hiking Trail will certain appeal to the wine-loving, eco-traveller within. The circular route, which starts at the La Motte Tasting Room, stretches over five kilometres, can take anywhere between two to three hours depending on your pace.
Coupled with information from a well-informed and passionate guide about the Valley’s history, flora and fauna, hikers receive a hiking trail map, bottle of water and will be treated to light refreshments when stopping for a breather at the Lapa.
Bosjes farm, Breede Valley
Sometimes they say the most beautiful things don't come in size and Bosjes Chapel affirms this as it is the first attraction one see when walking into the BOSJES farm.
Situated in the Breede River Valley, the farm boasts the striking chapel, inspired by Psalm 36:7 "How precious, O God, is Your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of Your wings" with inspiration, clearly, reflected in the building as it spreads its "wings".
Bosjes means ‘small bushes’ in Dutch and is the name that was given to the Bosjeman’s Valley Farm, which produces wine grapes, olives, peaches, and proteas.
The farm has been in the Botha and Stofberg family since 1831 and has been open to the public.
Not only do tourists and locals flock to the farm to experience its impressive landscapes, historical architecture, and exquisite new additions, which have been beneficial to the local community, but BOSJES has now turned into a must-visit attraction.
Unlimited showers are the order of the day
The farm is open to day visitors as well as overnight guests, who can stay in Die Skuur Guesthouse and guests desperate for a bath during #CapeWaterRestrictions, here unlimited showers are the order of the day as the farm has its own water supply.
This, together with the incredible avant-garde chapel, makes BOSJES the perfect out-of-town escape.
After working up an appetite from soaking in the breath-taking landscaped chapel garden views filled with plants referenced in the Bible, visitors have the option of visiting the BOSJES TeeTuin for a cup of coffee or BOSJES Kombuis for lunch where executive chef Kim Cox's silky smooth ice creams, in flavours like chocolate brownie and vanilla, are so irresistible that guests may find themselves driving back out to the farm just for a second taste.
Other tempting desserts include almond pannacotta with poached pear and shortbread and old-fashioned malva pudding with vanilla ice cream.
The restaurant, just like the chapel, was designed by Coetzee Steyn from Steyn Studio and is the perfect contrast to the old manor house next to it.
The restaurant boasts high ceilings, glass walls, a wooden terrace, mountain views and a historical-and-nature inspired blue and white tiled mural of the Bosjes Tree of Life created by Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler.
Kunjani Wines, Stelenbosch
As a new kid on the block, Kunjani Wines was conceptualised in 2011 when a chance encounter between a German Entrepreneur, Paul Barth and a South African Businesswoman, Pia Watermeyer birthed a vision for a cross-continental wine.
The Kunjani hands represent a greeting between friends. “Kunjani” means “Hi, how are you?” and that is exactly how great relationships start. A simple greeting and a great glass of wine between new friends.
Officially opening in November, Kunjani’s delicious wines and its breathtaking beautiful interior is best paired with their carefully curated menu - designed to be a FUN dining experience.