The Nedbank Green Wine Awards, launched in 2009, were created to acknowledge the efforts and significant successes that local wine producers and farmers have achieved with their conservation initiatives. The 2014 winners were announced at a lunch on 16th October at Myoga restaurant at the Vineyard Hotel.
La Motte, already well known for their achievements in this space, were announced the winners in the following categories: Best (sustainable) contribution to tourism, Best contribution to community development, Overall Winner of best farming practices.
“Conservation is something that is extremely important to us as a family,” says Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of La Motte. “The legacy that Dr. Rupert left us is one with a strong conservation leaning, and we are extremely proud that our efforts to uphold this are being recognized.”
“Since the inception of these awards, our primary objective has been to recognise and reward those wine producers in our country that put the well-being of the environment, the planet, and its people first,” said Sydney Mbhele, Divisional Executive for Integrated Marketing at Nedbank. “We therefore applaud each and every entry received in this year’s Green Wine Awards. While only one winner could be selected today, we appreciate all of the efforts that have been undertaken by local winemakers and their investment in sustainable business practices so that the green wines of today can be enjoyed by the generations of tomorrow.”
About La Motte
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.
For more information visit www.la-motte.com