Harvest time is the most important time on a wine farm, but it is also a time to celebrate the season’s special tastes and traditions. After a beautiful cold and wet winter and relative cool start to summer, quality expectations are high and the La Motte winemaking team invites visitors to share in the excitement of harvest time in the Winelands. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and cellar, try fermenting grape juice from the tanks, taste the estate’s latest vintages and linger for lunch in the garden with a special harvest platter.
For the La Motte team, harvest is also a time of thanksgiving. When booking for the Harvest Experience, you are invited to join them by sharing what you are grateful for on a complimentary tag that you can hang in the vineyards.
What you can expect from the La Motte Harvest Experience:
One of the estate’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable wine tasting ambassadors will guide you on this celebration of unique harvest traditions:
· In the vineyard – enjoy an introduction to the various varietals, harvest processes and the estate’s biologic farming practices. Spot the differences between the various varieties and taste the sweetness of the ripe berries. Write and hang your tag in the vineyard.
· In the cellar – experience the hand-sorting of grapes, crush, pump-overs and other cellar activities, concluded with a tasting of grape must (fermenting grape juice) from a fermentation tank.
· In the tasting room – sit down to a tasting of La Motte’s award-winning collection of wines – six wines from the La Motte Collection as well as the two wines from the estate’s renowned Pierneef Collection.
· In the shade of the age-old oaks – relax in the calm ambience of the estate gardens and enjoy Chef Eric Bulpitt’s special Harvest Plate – with a glass of wine of course!
The Harvest Experience at R120 per person includes the vineyard and cellar tour as well as wine tasting. It takes about 90 minutes and happens hourly from Tuesdays to Sundays, between 10h00 and 15h00 during February and March.
A Harvest Plate is additional and optional and is available at R220 per person. This nostalgic platter of Winelands favourites includes a sausage roll, cured meats, boerenkaas, pickles, chutney, curried eggs, farm-baked bread with butter and hummus, grapes and crudités as well as the popular La Motte mosbolletjie!
The Harvest Experience takes place outside and in the spacious cellar and tasting room where social distancing as well as all other Covid protocol are in place.
Reservations are recommended and can be made with the La Motte Tasting Room: T +27 (0)21 876 8820 or E firstname.lastname@example.org
La Motte’s renowned harvest-time mosbolletjies are also available at the La Motte Farm Shop for the duration of harvest. They sell like hot cakes, so to avoid disappointment, order yours in advance: T +27 (0)21 876 8840 or E email@example.com