A piece of heaven on earth

The French Huguenots came to Olifantshoek, as Franschhoek was then known, to escape religious persecution in their native France. With them they brought not only their customs and language, their traditions and Protestant religion, but the vines of France which still grow there. Today the original settlers lie in the graveyard next to the Huguenot Monument at the end of the main street.  Their descendants still till the soil and create the delicious wines that have made Franschhoek a name known far and wide.


Just another day in Paradise!

One of the most beautiful jewels in this very special place is La Motte which belongs to well-known mezzo soprano Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, and her husband, Hein Koegelenberg. She is the daughter of the late Dr Anton Rupert, international businessman and conservationist, who was instrumental in making the valley what it is today.The past here is something on which to build, and not something on which to dwell.

In the Pierneef Collection

The family have always been great admirers of the famous SA artist Pierneef and have a magnificent collection on permanent public display at La Motte. They also pay tribute to Pierneef by naming two of their prestigious wines after him. The release of the new vintages is always an occasion.

Today we are concentrating on the superb Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2023 which has just been released.

This wine is made from grapes from the southernmost vineyards in Africa. The cool climate of the wine imparts aromas of citrus and passion fruit that are prominent, even a grape or two. Other varietal characteristics that stand out include green pepper and gooseberry aromas. Five months on the lees impart a wonderful complexity not often found in Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is very elegant and finishes with a mineral-like quality. The optimal drinking time will be in 2024. The sort of wine that appeals to me.


Featuring a delightful mineral undertone, the wine pairs seamlessly with seafood, it also complements the spiciness found in Chinese and Thai cuisines. Its sophistication also makes it an excellent option as an aperitif, which is the way I like to drink it.

A bargain at R170 at the cellar or online.

La Motte is currently promoting the 2023 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc, and they’re also running an online promotion.

Pay 10% less when you buy 6 bottles of 2023 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc and 2018 Pierneef Syrah Viognier from their Tasting Room or Online.