La Motte was acquired in 1970 by the late Dr. Anton Rupert, an internationally respected industrialist who established a global business empire, and was held in high regard as a committed conservationist. Dr. Rupert and his art-devoted wife Huberte also played an immense role in the preservation of art.
La Motte is owned by the Rupert’s daughter, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, one of South Africa’s leading mezzo-sopranos. She is married to Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of La Motte Wine Estate.
La Motte is one of three wine estates owned by the Rupert family. Hanneli’s brother, Johann Rupert, owns L’Ormarins, formerly owned by the younger brother, Anthonij, who tragically died in a car accident in 2001. Hanneli and Johann are in partnership with the Rothschild family of France, producing wines on the Fredericksburg farm under the Rupert & Rothschild label.