Wine of the week – Hanneli R
The La Motte wine farm is situated at the gateway to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape. The farm is a well known producer of fine wines, recognized internationally and locally for its exceptional quality.
Its history goes back to 1695 when the land was originally granted to a German immigrant, Hans Hattingh. A few years later, Hattingh sold it to Pierre Joubert, a French Huguenot, who named the farm after his birthplace in France – La Motte d’Aigues. Still, it was only in the mid 1700s that viticulture began on La Motte by descendant Gabriel du Toit.
The year 1970 saw the start of big changes for La Motte when entrepreneur Dr Anton Rupert purchased the farm. Extensive renovations to buildings, along with ongoing replanting of the vineyards and a conservation programme helped build the way forward for a successful enterprise. Today, La Motte is owned by Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg with her husband Hein Koegelenberg, the CEO.
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