It’s a damp, chilly afternoon. Ancient oak trees are depositing droplets of water on the ground outside. But we are cosy and warm at Franschhoek’s La Motte wine estate, and sampling a selection of the estate’s award-winning wines, under the tutelage of Maritha duToit, La Motte’s Brand Ambassador. We don’t know a lot about wines, but Maritha, affectionately known as Zita does, and is happy to share some of her knowledge with us. An open fire warms the room, and a few other groups of people are scattered around the room doing tastings of their own. The walls are hung with original works of art, by acclaimed South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, after whom La Motte’s Pierneef Collection of premium wines is named. Through floor to ceiling glass windows, we
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