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Mont Rochelle Wine and Vineyards

At Mont Rochelle, we cultivate and nurture various grape varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon amongst a few others that are used for blending purposes to add complexity.

The vineyards are situated between 250m and 400m above sea level exposing the grapes to a range of micro climates. Mediterranean-like conditions found in the Western Cape means dry summers and high winter rainfalls of 1000mm. The Franschhoek Valley also experiences the south-easter which helps bring in cooler air allowing for a longer ripening period.

Wine Tasting in Franschhoek

Wine tastings at Mont Rochelle isn't just a special event, it’s an everyday occurrence!

We can organise wine tastings in a variety of locations, including at The Country Kitchen and at our bar.

Explore our Wine Flight Menu

If you'd like to book a wine tasting, please contact us on +27 21 876 2770 or email

The Cellar

The winery building dates back to the 1850s where it was originally used as a fruit packing shed for the early settlers on the farm. Since being converted to a traditional wine cellar we can now process close to 150 tons of grapes in a season, and these smaller volumes afford more concentration on quality rather than quantity.

As the building is a National Heritage site no alterations were allowed to the structure. The result of this is that all of Mont Rochelle’s stainless steel tanks are horizontal, as the roof could not be heightened for them all to fit in! These stainless steel tanks aid in the making of the crisp clean whites, while barrels are favoured for the red wine making.

Our wines are available to buy and take home, or if you don’t have space in your suitcase you can get them delivered straight to your door.

Our Winemaker

Michael Langenhoven, our winemaker, was formerly at Boschendal and prior to that at La Motte. The talented wine devotee also has international winemaking experience, having guided successful harvests in France’s Rhône Valley (M.Chapoutier, 2009), Sancerre (Pascal Jolivet, 2011) and California’s Dry Creek Vineyards in 2004 and 2005.

Langenhoven accredits his love for winemaking to his family roots in the industry. His Granduncle was an accomplished winemaker and Michael was fortunate enough to grow up close to the winelands. With a tenured career spanning over 17 years, one of Michael’s proudest accomplishments was the first double gold medal that he won at the VERITAS Wine awards, one of South Africa’s most sought after wine competitions.

Michael’s hopes are to contribute in growing the accomplished Mont Rochelle legacy of excellent wines.

Find out what it takes to make award-winning vintages here.

Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram experience is a must-do and stops at some of the best wineries in Franschhoek including Mont Rochelle, which is on two of its routes, the blue line and the purple line.

Book your experience here

Our Wines

Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Classic in style with a lovely tannin structure and nuances of eucalyptus, cassis and blackcurrant. Ruby red with youthful purple hues, this wine displays an array of classic cigar box characteristics that are neatly integrated with layers of black fruits and pencil shavings.

The palate is a delicate balance of opulent fruit and acidity with tannins that are well defined and silky in texture.This wine is ready for drinking but will most definitely benefit from careful cellaring for at least 10 years from vintage.

Cabernet Sauvignon was among the first varietals planted at Mont Rochelle, making the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard blocks some of the oldest on the farm. These older vines yield low volumes of highly concentrated fruit for the production of our elegant and complex Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The wine-style is geared towards finesse and elegance, although this wine can be powerful at times with good fruit intensity.

Mont Rochelle Syrah 2017

Our Syrah, named such due to the ‘old-world’ style of winemaking utilised, is far more traditional than our “New World” location would suggest with spice, herbs, pepper and black fruit dominating in the wines profile.

Youthful in appearance, on the nose there are generous amounts of violets, red fruit, and white pepper. The palate displays juicy red fruit and spice, with leathery undertones, yet remains fresh and elegant with a well-rounded and polished tannin profile.

The Shiraz vineyards on Mont Rochelle range from 200m above sea level to 450m above sea level with an incredibly steep gradient ensuring that we have a diverse flavour profile from the fruit produced. This translates into a Syrah wine with abundant layers of fruit flavours and complexity.

MIKO Chardonnay 2017

Miko Chardonnay is produced in honour of the late Mr. Miko Rwayitare, Miko Whites are only produced in exceptional vintages, ensuring that the best wine possible is bottled in Miko’s memory. Minimal intervention in the cellar ensures that all Miko wines are the ultimate expression of Mont Rochelle terroir.

Straw green colour with golden hues. The nose conjures images of beautiful stone fruit nuances with lovely fresh citrus lime tones, including butterscotch, oatmeal, and honey. The palate is complex and is well balanced by a finely judged and elegant toasty oak component.

MIKO Red 2012

Miko Red is produced in honour of the late Mr. Miko Rwayitare, Miko Red’s are only produced in exceptional vintages, ensuring that the best wine possible is bottled in Miko’s memory. Minimal intervention in the cellar ensures that all Miko wines are the ultimate expression of Mont Rochelle terroir.

Remarkably youthful with both purple and garnet hues, a classic red blend boasting black fruits, spice and savoury aromatics with flavours of blackcurrant, olive and tapenade on a silky tannin profile.

Little Rock Blanc 2022

Little Rock Blanc is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, and Chardonnay. It is made to be enjoyed amongst friends with or without food and on any occasion.

Pale straw green with golden hues, this wine exhibits an abundance of stone fruit and tropical aromas reminiscent of peaches, apricots, and perfume with subtle spice nuances. Flavours of fruit salad and a fresh lively acidity neatly tie the wine together.

Little Rock Rouge 2021

Our Little Rock Rouge 2021 is a blended wine of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah all lending a helping hand to the final blend. This wine strikes a perfect balance between easy-drinking and complexity showing a balanced fruit profile and a smooth, soft palate. We create this wine to be enjoyed for all occasions!

Deep red in colour, this wine displays opulent dark berry fruit, such as dark cherries, sweet plums, and mulberries. The palate has a long, vibrant and juicy finish with very elegant tannins.

Mont Rochelle Sauvignon Blanc 2021

A Franschhoek style Sauvignon Blanc which portrays a melange of tropical fruit aromas and a broad palate that has lovely freshness. Pale straw with green tinges. This wine displays gooseberry, grapefruit, guava and fresh lemon rind on the nose. The palate is layered with complexity and mouth-coating texture, whilst still offering a fresh and zesty appeal.

The Mont Rochelle Sauvignon Blanc is made solely from old vineyards situated in Franschhoek. A small percentage of Semillon was blended into the wine, with part of the wine being fermented in neutral oak barrels for increased complexity and texture.

Freshness and layered fruit complexity are the hallmarks of our Sauvignon blanc.

Mont Rochelle Chardonnay 2020

The Mont Rochelle Chardonnay expresses the true reflection of the Mont Rochelle terroir. This fruit forward Chardonnay is more European in style with an integrated oak component and lovely angular acidity.

Pale straw in colour with golden hues and displays marzipan, lemon curd and flinty like characteristics on the nose. There are hints of citrus and stone fruit on the palate which is refreshingly long and lingering on the finish.

Our block of Chardonnay was the first vineyard planted on the farm in 1994, and has been producing world class wines since its first vintage with both the Mont Rochelle and MIKO Chardonnays finding their origins here.

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