Richard Branson & Wine

With the Mont Rochelle – one of the Virgin Limited Edition retreats – Virgin founder Richard Branson operates a luxury hotel for gourmets and wine connoisseurs in the town of Franschhoek in South Africa. Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town in the Western Cape Province and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa.

Here, visitors can enjoy the local wines with a gourmet meal or picnic in a luxurious atmosphere framed by a stunning vista or a wine tasting sessions in the 150-year-old wine cellar, a former fruit packing shed. Today, the Mont Rochelle team processes 150 tonnes of grapes each season.

And if that’s not enough, visitors can explore the region’s wineries on the “Franschhoek Wine Tram”.

Wine hotel and restaurant

With so much wine, don’t forget to dine: for example on the terrace of the Country Kitchen restaurant – conveniently right next to the wine cellar – where specialities like Franschhoek trout pâté and Klein Karoo ostrich carpaccio are served.

You can also enjoy a picnic in a quiet spot on the estate, or dine at MIKO restaurant, where South African dishes featuring Cape Malay spices, rooibos and buch are on the menu.

Relax holidays in Franschhoek

Apart from enjoying a glass of wine, you can take a dip in the pool, relax in the hammam and indulge in an Africology spa treatment. To get active, hit the gym, visit the croquet and tennis courts, explore one of the countless golf courses or check out the hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the immediate area.

Mont Rochelle Chardonnay

Character/Description

This fruity European-style Chardonnay impresses with its light yellow colour and its aroma of exotic fruits, vanilla and roasted aromas. Medium-bodied, it is rich and complex with a balanced acidity. On the nose it shows aromas of caramel, marzipan and lemon cream and on the palate nuances of citrus and stone fruit. Refreshingly long-lasting finish. A classic French style Chardonnay.

Wine Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Winery Mont Rochelle
Region Franschhoek | South Africa
Appellation Veneto
Category  White wine
Grape variety(ies) Chardonnay
Taste Dry
Tannins Soft/velvety
Barrel maturation 50 % of the wine was matured for 8 months in French oak barrels –75 % in second fill, the rest in third and fourth fill. The remaining 50 % was matured in steel tanks.
Content 750 ml
Alcohol 13 %
EU organic farming Bio-Wein

1790
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Miko Red Syrah

Character/Description

The Mont Rochelle Miko Red is a tribute to Miko Rwayitare, the first black owner of a vineyard in South Africa. This Syrah is only produced in particularly good vintages and perfectly reflects its terroir. Already convincing in its bouquet, this red wine,  with its complex play of aromas of dark fruits, cloves, pepper and black olives, fully unfolds its elegance on the palate. The supple tannins and the beautiful fruit notes also contribute to its elegance. Matured for 24 months in barrique the Mont Rochelle Miko Red is a pleasure drunk by itself, but also pairs excellently with hearty dishes of dark meat and game.

Wine Miko Red Syrah 2010
Winery Mont Rochelle
Region Franschhoek | South Africa
Appellation Franschhoek
Category Red wine
Grape variety(ies) Syrah
Taste Dry
Tannins Soft/velvety
Barrel maturation 24 months in french oak
Content 750 ml
Alcohol 15 %
EU organic farming Bio-Wein

5490
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Miko White Chardonnay

Character/Description

A gloriously full-bodied wine with a straw-yellow colour, boasting beautiful aromas of stone fruit with fresh citrus and lime notes, orange and butterscotch. A complex and multilayered wine with elegant roasted aromas accompanying the full-bodied and long-lasting finish. Complex and elegant vanilla tones, truly extraordinary.

Wine Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Winery Mont Rochelle
Region Franschhoek | South Africa
Appellation Franschhoek
Category White wine
Grape variety(ies) Chardonnay | Viognier
Taste Dry
Tannins Soft/velvety
Barrel maturation 18 months in French oak barrels (90 % new barrique and 10 % second and third filling) plus 5 months in bottles
Content 750 ml
Alcohol 13 %
EU organic farming Bio-Wein

3840
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Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon

Character/Description

The Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon shows a beautiful ruby red colour in the glass. This classic red wine is characterised by an extremely beautiful tannin structure. Notes of eucalyptus, cassis and blackcurrant shape its character, while the play of aromas is perfectly rounded off by smoky undertones. Matured for 18 months in French oak, the Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon captivates with a wonderful balance of opulent fruit, well-integrated acidity and silky tannins on the palate.

Wine Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Winery Mont Rochelle
Region Franschhoek | South Africa
Appellation Franschhoek
Category Red wine
Grape variety(ies) Cabernet Sauvignon
Taste Dry
Tannins Soft/velvety
Barrel maturation 18 months in French oak
Content 750 ml
Alcohol 14 %
EU organic farming Bio-Wein

2280
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“Miko” taster pack

Character/Description

Miko White Chardonnay

A gloriously full-bodied wine with a straw-yellow colour, boasting beautiful aromas of stone fruit with fresh citrus and lime notes, orange and butterscotch. A complex and multilayered wine with elegant roasted aromas accompanying the full-bodied and long-lasting finish. Complex and elegant vanilla tones, truly extraordinary.

Miko Red

The Mont Rochelle Miko Red is a tribute to Miko Rwayitare, the first black owner of a vineyard in South Africa. This Syrah is only produced in particularly good vintages and perfectly reflects its terroir. Already convincing in its bouquet, this red wine,  with its complex play of aromas of dark fruits, cloves, pepper and black olives, fully unfolds its elegance on the palate. The supple tannins and the beautiful fruit notes also contribute to its elegance. Matured for 24 months in barrique the Mont Rochelle Miko Red is a pleasure drunk by itself, but also pairs excellently with hearty dishes of dark meat and game.

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Miko White Chardonnay
Miko Red

Wines Miko White Chardonnay | Miko Red
Winery Mont Rochelle
Region Franschhoek | South Africa
Taste Dry
Content 2 x 750 ml
Alcohol 13 % | 15 %
EU organic farming Bio-Wein

8850
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Franschhoek

During apartheid, Franschhoek was just one area within the much larger Paarl region and ultimately constrained to mass production. Franschhoek is complex, and the region’s authenticity, and with that its identity, can be found only in its disparity. For a region that comprises only 1225 hectares of vineyards – less than the Austrian Wachau region – identifying important factors for viticulture should not be too complex. But the reality is quite different, for a variety of reasons. The Franschhoek wine region lies in a broad valley, bordered on three sides by tall mountains. The landscape leaves visitors amazed and winegrowers pondering, as they have to deal with a variety of soils, exposures and climates due to the different topographies. For example, in the south-western part of the region, where the Groot Drakensberge meet the Franschhoek Mountains, it can rain up to 2000 mm a year, while in the valley beyond there is often only 400 mm of rainfall. Equally varied are the geological conditions: While the valley floors are mostly sedimentary, the slopes consist mainly of weathered granite and sandstone. Climatic differences between the plain and the mountainous areas provide another piece of the puzzle that is this small region.
Franschhoek – the name literally means “French Corner” – has, since 1688, been shaped by the Huguenots, with French names and French grape varieties alike dominant in the region. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon set the tone, joined by Chenin Blanc and Viognier, Merlot,  Syrah and – most notably – Semillon, for which Franschhoek is said to have the perfect growing conditions.

 

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