Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard, South Africa

Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard is just less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. It is situated in the historic town of Franschhoek, South Africa. Franschhoek is known as the food and wine capital of South Africa. The area was settled in the 1800s by the French Huguenots making it the French Corner of the Cape.

Mont Rochelle forms part of the Virgin Limited Edition group of luxury holiday destinations and certainly lives up to expectations! The estate includes two accommodation options, two restaurants, and of course, the exquisite Mont Rochelle Wine Cellar.

Accommodation

The Manor House, Mont Rochelle, South Africa, Photo by Virgin Limited Edition

The Mont Rochelle hotel features 26 stunning rooms and suites that are available year-round. If you are planning an event such as a wedding or a family reunion, the hotel is available for exclusive hire, making your event extra special!

The Manor House is a luxury villa on the estate. The villa has four suites, a kitchen, a lounge, two swimming pools and a gym. Up to eight adults and six children can be accommodated in the Manor House. And it is perfect for those seeking a more private hideaway at any time of the year!

MIKO Restaurant

MIKO Restaurant at Mont Rochelle, Photo by Virgin Limited Edition

Mont Rochelle's flagship restaurant, MIKO, offers visitors views over the Franschhoek valley, surrounding vineyards and the Franschhoek mountains. Begin your evening with cocktails on the terrace as the sun sets! The covered terrace means that outside dining can happen throughout the year, and the MIKO fire will make sure that cooler evenings and winter months remain comfortable.

The Country Kitchen

A bit less formal than MIKO, the Country Kitchen restaurant incorporates the wine cellar's tasting room. Pop in for a coffee or a light meal and don't forget to taste the fantastic selection of wines.

Also on offer are picnics that you can pre-order and enjoy on the lawn in front of the restaurant or down at the dam. Mont Rochelle is a family-friendly estate. There are games on the lawn for everyone to enjoy and a recently installed play park for the kids,

We have enjoyed eating at the Country Kitchen a number of times and have found the service to be attentive and the food excellent. When you visit, make sure to chat with the knowledgeable and friendly tasting room staff about the wines. They can arrange for the wines to be ordered through the cellar and delivered by Hard to Find Wines upon your return to the UK.

The tuckshop at the dam on Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle Wines

Winemaker Dustin Osborne creates an exquisite range of wines of limited quantities, which are available in the UK through Hard to Find Wines. We recently chatted to Dustin about the wines he creates.

"The wines that we produce on the farm are very terroir-focussed, very site-specific," said Dustin. "Our main focus is in producing wines that are from Franschhoek and are terroir-driven."

Dustin Osborne, Winemaker at Mont Rochelle

"On the estate, we've got various different noble cultivars that are planted. You are looking at Sauvignon Blanc, we've got Chardonnay, a bit of Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. These are the main focusses of the property."

"A lot of our focus is on providing our guests with a very personal experience."

"So, if you are ever in the valley, please feel free to come and join us. We would love to welcome you in the tasting room. Our tasting staff are always happy to welcome everyone. Enjoy some wines, have a nice meal. If you are interested, you can ask for me at the cellar door and we can maybe have a little tour around the cellar."

Visit our website now to see the Mont Rochelle selection and place an order so that you can experience these wonderful wines before you even make a trip to Franschhoek!