La Motte traces its early origins back to 1695 when the land was purchased by Pierre Joubert, a French Huguenot, its name inspired by the village of La Motte d’Aigues in Provence. In 1970 the farm was bought by Dr. Anton Rupert and a major development, restoration and conservation programme followed, which very much reinvented La Motte as the force it is today. Vineyards have been progressively replanted with noble varieties, the latest viticultural practices have been introduced and a modern cellar has been built. The winery is now headed up by owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and masterminded by her husband Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of the estate, a trained winemaker with a very much hands-on approach.
The vineyards have been overseen by leading viticulturist Pietie le Roux since 1986. They are managed using advanced practices in the selection of vineyard sites, rootstock and clones, grape varieties planted, vineyard facings and vine spacing. These practices are refined by the latest technology such as satellite monitoring and infrared scanning of the vines. Award-winning cellar master Edmund Terblanche believes that the first priority in wine-making is to make the most of what the grape offers naturally. Individual care is taken with the hand-selection of berries and well-considered barrel maturation. Grapes for the production of La Motte wines are drawn from La Motte estate as well as other farms in the Cape Winelands. Thanks to the variety in terroirs, grapes from each region make a unique contribution to the flavour components of La Motte wines. La Motte’s Nabot farm in the Walker Bay coastal region has been developed as an organic farming operation.