Wines of South Africa (WOSA) recently took some Austrian representatives of Wein & Co on a tour of areas of the Cape winelands and visited many of the wineries as “Joe Public” would. Overall WOSA reported that the experiences were all positive, which is great for the image of South African wine and wine tourism.
The report of the visit, on WOSA’s wine industry blog call Cape Chatter, had this to say about the visit to La Motte:
“Day three in Franschhoek was notable for one thing: the La Motte experience. All three guests were hugely impressed by the touristic and wine offering. The tasting was conducted by a delightful hostess who has been superbly trained. She was warm and welcoming without being obsequious. There was nothing she didn’t know about the wines and as soon as she realised she was talking to folks who knew a little more than the average punter, she was more forthcoming with technical details.
“But it wasn’t just about the wines – the place itself is spectacular following its recent revamp. Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband Hein should be congratulated on what they’ve achieved. The museum with not only its Pierneef gallery but other works of art is a wonderful addition – as is the restaurant and the farm shop.
“It’s this sort of thing that should make it a shoe-in for the Great Wine Capitals Global Network Best of Wine Tourism award. Will it be better off in the architecture, parks and gardens category or the wine tourism services? I don’t know because it would happily slot into both.”
Very kind words, and feedback that we at La Motte are going to work hard to keep earning in the future.