John’s Gem: Wine tasting in winter

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La Motte on a misty winter morning

 

All Cape wine estates are producing good wines. And many produce truly excellent wines. So, which ones to visit?

We might look for Cape Dutch architecture, warmth of welcome, an art gallery, or a unique view of the valley. In Winter however, the number one consideration, after the quality of the wine, is a roaring fire in the tasting room! La Motte estate near Franschhoek has a wonderful fireplace, as well as all the other features we like in the Cape wine country.

La Motte estate near Franschhoek has a wonderful fireplace, as well as all the other features we like in the Cape wine country.

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Sabrina and Ed Pollack at La Motte