I recently came across the entry above in the visitors book at the La Motte tasting room. It was from from Hansie Hattingh who wrote “10th generation of Hans Heinrich Hattingh, first owner of La Motte. Great to be here”. (Click on the image to see a bigger version)
We are very glad that Hansie Hattingh visited 315 years after the La Motte estate was granted to German immigrant Hans Hattingh, and we are very pleased that he enjoyed his stay.
A bit more history: in 1709 Hans Hattingh sold the land to French Huguenot Pierre Joubert who named it after the village of his birth in Provence, La Motte d’Aigues.
With the planting of 4 000 vines in 1752, viticulture was established on La Motte by Huguenot descendant Gabriel du Toit.
The farm passed through several owners before being acquired by the late Dr Anton Rupert in 1970. The farm is currently owned by his daughter Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg.