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“Great design but food over-rated”

La Motte Wine Estate
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Private Wine Tour of Franschhoek from Cape Town
Ranked #5 of 66 things to do in Franschhoek
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Considerable sums have been spent on La Motte in recent years, and the elegant restaurant bears witness to this. It really is a beautiful spot. Sadly, the foods looks better than it tastes.

The menu descriptions are misleading, and EVERYTHING is served on a scratchy (fake?) slate. It may look good - but try cutting on this surface and the noise is akin to nails scratching on a blackboard. It is only a detail, but there is the sense here that the cuisine is a triumph of presentation over content. Moreover the servings are modest to say the least - we left after a three course lunch feeling that we had had an enjoyable time in lovely surroundings but were - almost - still feeling hungry. Drinks-wise, we stayed loyal to the Estate's own production and were not disappointed. The wine list is - unsurprisingly - one of the best things here.

By the way, the prices in the adjacent shop were breathtakingly high - a tea towel for the equivalent of £16. A (very attractive) bread board for £148! And so on.

This estate is certainly worth seeing and the wine is good. If they could be more generous with the food and less prissy about its presentation, it would be a great experience.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

delicate delicious wine, knowledgeable staff, a pure delight! And the restaurant within the estate... one of our most memorable stay in South Africa!

Thank Dana W
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

One of my favourite places for wine tasting. The drive up to the building is lovely and the venue has expanded since we were last there in 2010. The wine tasting rooms are lovely and the tasting itself was very well presented. Do venture into the wine cellar at the side of the tasting rooms. There is now a restaurant (Pierneef a la Motte reviewed separately), cafe shop and small museum. Wine tasting here is very good when the weather is not so good, as it is inside.

Thank roslyn105
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Great service, friendly staff, very good wines, special photo opportunities in the maturation cellar and all round a very good experience. Will return !!

Thank Allan K
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

This winery and one other were our favorite stops during our guided tour of the wine lands. This was due to the very comfortable setting were we had our tasting, the very personable and knowledgeable staff member helping us, and the grounds. Pictures included show the comfortable, lounge area where we did our tasting with views of the barrel room. They also have a museum and cafe. I recommend trying their "organic" sauvignon blanc. I don't drink sauvignon blanc, but this one was great.

Thank PtownTMW
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