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4 Days Christmas and New Year Wine Holiday in Franschhoek, South Africa

Mont Rochelle, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Memorable Wine Holiday in South Africa

Spend your Christmas time with your family with the fantastic wine tasting at Mont Rochelle! Mont Rochelle truly is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa where you can experience some of the local hospitality. With unequaled views over the valley, it's truly a magical place for your Christmas holiday. Enjoy a warm welcome from the Mont Rochelle team who invite you to join this special celebratory meals and entertainment!

Highlights

  • 2 wine tastings and wine cellar tours
  • Treasure hunt around the gardens for the whole family
  • A festive Christmas lunch and dinner with live entertainment
  • Selection of drinks and snacks from your minibar
  • Daily breakfast and lunch or dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation

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3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Golf course
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover 39 hectares (about 100 acres) and you’re welcome to go exploring. A favorite activity for many of the guests is picnicking on the estate; the kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!). There are two restaurants, a cozy bar, a spa, a gym, and a heated outdoor pool. That’s not forgetting a 37-hectare vineyard and wine cellar of course.

Manor House

Manor House is a luxury villa located a short walk from the main hotel and just a stone's throw away from the Country Kitchen. The perfect option for a family group or guests looking for a more private retreat, the Manor House features four beautifully appointed suites, kitchen, lounge, two swimming pools, and gym. Manor House is available for exclusive hire all year round and can accommodate up to eight guests sharing, plus bunkroom for up to six children.

Mont Rochelle’s vineyard

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

The rooms

All rooms come with Africology branded bathroom amenities, tea and coffee facilities, a Nespresso machine, postcards with stamps, a safety deposit box, hairdryer, a well-stocked inclusive mini bar, bluetooth Bose speaker sound system, and flat screen TV with selected channels. The minibar in the Manor House bunk room is stocked with age-appropriate snacks and drinks. Hair straighteners and plug adapters are available on request. Every room also has a dual air conditioning / heating system that you can adjust to your own comfort level.

Children are very welcome to stay at Mont Rochelle year-round and Mont Rochelle has the Pinotage and Cap Classique suites which are able to accommodate children on single beds. Mont Rochelle has children’s games plus a TV, DVD player, and games console for extra entertainment. Babysitting can be arranged and a charge will apply but please advise at the time of booking if this may be required.

Pinotage Suite

There are four spacious Pinotage Suites located in both the Manor House and Garden House, each of which features a separate lounge and fantastic views.

Cap Classique Suite

Guests staying in the two largest rooms, the Cap Classique Suites, will enjoy a separate lounge area, a private terrace, and their own plunge pool. Both suites are in the Vineyard Wing.

Program

Wine tasting

The wine tasting isn't just a special event, it’s an everyday occurrence. Mont Rochelle can organize wine tastings in a variety of locations, including in the restaurants, bar, or in the wine cellar (as you might expect!). Mont Rochelle cultivates grapes of the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties amongst a few others.

Cellar visits

The 150-year-old wine cellar was previously used as a fruit packing shed for the early settlers. Since being converted to a traditional wine cellar, Mont Rochelle can now process close to 110 tons of grapes in a season, these smaller volumes afford more concentration on quality rather than quantity. Stainless steel tanks aid in the making of the crisp clean whites, while barrels are favored for the red winemaking.

Schedule

Day 1

  • 07:00-10:30 Breakfast at Miko with à la carte dishes cooked to order
  • 12:00-16:00 Enjoy the beautiful views than with a picnic basket prepared by Mont Rochelle team or a delicious lunch on the veranda at Country Kitchen. It’s the perfect setting to get into the festive spirit, South African style!
  • 16:00-18:00 Join the Country Kitchen team in the wine cellar for a tour, wine tasting, and canapes
  • 19:00-21:30 Dinner at Miko restaurant where you’ll be able to sample the à la carte menu and play some of the many board games available

Day 2

  • 07:00-10:30 Breakfast at Miko with à la carte dishes cooked to order
  • 12:00-17:00 Sip on cocktails poolside (the bar menu and snack platters are available)
  • 15:00-17:00 Children can enjoy games around the lawn or tennis court
  • 17:00-18:00 Kids treasure hunt around the hotel gardens for the whole family to enjoy
  • 19:00-19:30 Enjoy Christmas Carols and celebrate the festivities with your loved ones on the hotel lawn where Mont Rochelle will be serving pre-dinner drinks
  • 19:30 Christmas Eve á la carte or set menu at Miko

Day 3

  • 07:00-10:30 Breakfast at Miko with à la carte dishes cooked to order
  • 08:00-09:00 Surprise visit from Santa delivering gifts right to your door for the kiddies
  • 13:00 A traditional Christmas lunch at Miko or Country Kitchen
  • 16:00 Children can play games on the lawn or tennis court, laze by the pool, or watch a Christmas movie in the vineyard lounge
  • 19:00-21:30 À la carte dinner at Miko

Day 4

  • 07:00-11:00 Breakfast at Miko with à la carte dishes cooked to order
  • 12:00-16:00 Relax by the pool, play games on the lawn, or enjoy a light lunch in the bar, Miko, or Country Kitchen
  • 16:00-18:00 Join the team in the wine cellar for a wine tasting with canapes paired to bring out the flavors of Mont Rochelle wines
  • 19:00-21:30 À la carte dinner at Miko

Note

For the picnic basket, Christmas lunch, and dinner at Miko restaurant, please speak to the team at the reception in advance to reserve your place.

Location

Mont Rochelle is located on Dassenberg Road in Franschhoek, South Africa. Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town in the Western Cape Province famously known as the French Corner of the Cape and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa. Mont Rochelle is 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town in South Africa and is within 35 minutes’ drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Somerset West wine routes.

Distances

  • Cape Town - 45 minutes' drive
  • Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Somerset West wine routes - 35 minutes’ drive

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cycling
  • Gym
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Hair dryer
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

This holiday includes breakfast which is served in the main restaurant, Miko. At Mont Rochelle, the food served is a blend of international dishes with a healthy nod to the varied nature of South Africa cuisine, paired naturally with some superb local vintages. The wrap-around views of the Franschhoek valley do steal the show somewhat, but you can be sure the chefs have been focusing on dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The menus are one of the highlights of your stay, but Mont Rochelle understands that some people have special requirements and personal favorites too. Special food and beverages or simple snacks and light meals can be prepared according to your child’s tastes. Let them know in advance and they’ll do their best to make sure they have exactly what you need.

Dining at Mont Rochelle

There are two restaurants at Mont Rochelle. The Country Kitchen which joins up to our wine cellar is an ideal place for a light lunch in the sunshine. Or if you're after something a little more formal, Miko is Mont Rochelle's flagship restaurant with impeccable 180-degree views over the Franschhoek valley and a stunning terrace surrounded by glass doors, giving guests the feeling of an alfresco dining experience all year round. Start the evening off with a refreshing cocktail from the bar and find a comfy space on the terrace to watch the sunset.

Christmas menu

Starter

  • Smoked 'sout vis' pate with cheese and onion toastie
  • Malay spiced onion and cauliflower bhaji with dhania sauce
  • Haddock fishcakes (mushy pea and mint salad with lemon aioli)

Family feast

  • Toulouse stuffed chicken with cranberry glaze and thyme jus
  • Maple glazed gammon with mustard sauce
  • All served with scratch roast fingerling potatoes, green beans with red onion and flaked almonds, and honey thyme beetroot with toasted pumpkin seed

Dessert

  • Cape Malay malva truffles
  • Turkish delight
  • Mini lemon meringue tart

Christmas day menu

Starters

  • Pomegranate and beet cured salmon gravlax with grilled fennel bulb, marinated grapes, and marjoram dressing
  • Steamed Cantonese BBQ pork buns with pickled red onions, apple, radish and mint salad, and ponzu gel
  • Compressed watermelon and pickled ginger with goats cheese, sesame lavash, toasted pinenuts, and fresh basil

Intermediate

  • Miko salad (foraged leaves with green olive cheeks, pickled red onion, pea mousse, and raspberry dressing
  • Hot and sour soup made with Line fish, sprouts, coriander, and tamarind and lime in a warm spiced Asian broth

Mains

  • Turkey breast carved off the crown, rolled turkey leg with sage butter, pistachio and sultana pork stuffing, maple
  • and whiskey glazed gammon, and a cranberry juice
  • Pan fried line fish, tempura squid tentacles, Kingklip, prawn, and tamarind stuffing with chili and lime butter
  • Double baked beetroot soufflé with cumin roasted candied beets, gorgonzola cream, marinated shaved fennel, and marjoram dressing sauce
  • All served with Brussel sprouts, pancetta, and toasted chestnuts or lard roast potatoes with smoked paprika

Dessert

  • Baked Christmas pudding with mulled plum ice cream, elderflower crème anglaise, and white chocolate crumb
  • Tonka bean brulee with rose geranium sorbet, marinated pineapple carpaccio, and salted mint dust

Christmas Eve menu

Starters

  • Pulled pork tortellini (verjuice and smoked pork broth with spring onion, wakame, sprouts, lemongrass oil, and chicharonnes paired with Mont Rochelle Chardonnay 2016)
  • Gluwhein marinated trout (beetroot and anise puree, roasted candied beets, smoked beet pollen, foraged herbs, and citrus emulsion paired with Mont Rochelle Chardonnay 2016)
  • Beetroot and lime orzo (pickled shitake mushrooms and bok Choy stem salad, orange, and basil butter paired with Mont Rochelle Sauvignon Blanc 2017)

Intermediate

  • Smoked snoek dimsum with ramen broth, tempura spring, onions, and spinach
  • Smoked cheesecake with confit tomatoes, roasted figs, and basil salad, horseradish dressing

Sorbet

  • Rose geranium

Mains

  • Pork belly (lentil, carrot and bacon casserole, parsley and pistachio pesto, and puffed pork skin, apple cider juice, paired with Mont Rochelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015)
  • Sea bass (wild mushroom and soya ragout, burnt onion shells, parsley, and lime sauce, paired with Simonsig Gewürztraminer)
  • Springbok loin (Sumac roasted baby carrots, mulled blackberries, parsnip puree, seasonal sprouts, and port juice, paired with Mont Rochelle Syrah 2014)
  • Roasted Mediterranean vegetable millefeuille (parmesan wafer, pistachio pesto, spicy tomato, and olive ragout)

Dessert

  • Passion fruit and orange tart with blueberry sorbet paired with mullineux straw
  • Elderflower pannacotta (citrus, mint salad and sesame tuile, paired with mullineux straw)
  • Chocolate crème Brulee (white chocolate crumble, peppermint mousse, and chocolate pearls, paired with Mont Rochelle Syrah Straw wine)

Kiddies Christmas day menu

Starter

  • Panko crumbed fish nuggets wiith lemon aioli and tomato salad
  • Chicken lolly pops with BBQ sauce and crest salad

Main

  • Turkey breast carved off the crown, rolled turkey leg with sage butter, and turkey gravy
  • Maple and whiskey glazed gammon, sultana pork stuffing, and cranberry juice
  • Roasted artichoke and cauliflower cannelloni with smoked mushroom fondue, confit tomatoes, and tempura spinach
  • All served with brussel sprouts, pancetta, and toasted chestnuts or lard roast potatoes with smoked paprika

Dessert

  • Traditional South African trifle
  • Dark chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Biking

There are some wonderful routes that make it easy to explore the surrounding area on bike. Mont Rochelle can arrange rentals with a local company, just let them know and they can book these for you.

Golf

South Africa is known for the high standard of its many golf courses with courses in Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Somerset West. The hotel can arrange tee-off times for you. Booking is vital during the summer season in order to avoid disappointment.

Gym

For the active types, the gym is available between 06:00 and 22:00 every day. There are two treadmills, bikes, an adjustable bench, and suspension training pack and a set of free weights.

Hiking

Enjoy a hike through hills, valleys, and vineyards surrounding the hotel, as well as in local reserves. The Mont Rochelle Reserve on the opposite side of the valley offers superb views of the wine valley and on a clear day, you can even see Table Mountain and the ocean. The walks vary in length from three to eight hours and are of moderate intensity. Required permits and maps are available from the Tourism Office in the centre of town. You are welcome to take walks through tMont Rochelle's farm and their only request is that you stay on the walkways, thus preserving the fragile vines that produce the splendid wines.

Retail therapy

Franschhoek village offers a variety of art and craft shops as well as galleries and antique stores and Mont Rochelle can point you in the right direction.

Spa Treatments

What could be more relaxing than a spa treatment during your stay? Mont Rochelle has two dedicated spa treatment rooms as well as a Hammam. They use the eco-friendly Africology ‘authentic’ range of products which are made from 100% essential oils and natural plant extracts.

Swimming

Take a dip and relax in the main outdoor heated swimming pool at Mont Rochelle. There are some fantastic views of the Franschhoek Mountains. Bar service is available around the pool and fresh pool towels are available.

Tennis

Mont Rochelle has an Astroturf floodlit tennis court and a cabana complete with a kitchen and bathroom. Racquets and balls are supplied.

What's included

  • 2 wine tastings and wine cellar tours
  • A festive Christmas Eve dinner with live entertainment at Miko
  • A traditional Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings at Miko
  • Treasure hunt around the hotel gardens for the whole family
  • Daily breakfast and lunch or dinner
  • Complimentary selection of drinks and snacks from your minibar
  • Complimentary wireless internet throughout the property
  • Local taxes
  • 3 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

  • Follow the exit signs at the airport to the N2 highway traveling away from central Cape Town towards Somerset West.
  • After 3.2 kilometers, take the exit marked R300 on your left which will connect you to the N1 highway towards Paarl / Worcester. Once you have joined the N1, follow it for roughly 40 kilometers.
  • Take exit 47, which is signposted for Klapmuts / Stellenbosch / Wellington.
  • Turn right onto the R44 in the direction of Stellenbosch. Butterfly World will be on your left.
  • Pass through a traffic light and then you’ll cross a bridge over the railway. After 300 meters, turn left onto the R45 which is signposted for Franschhoek. Follow this road for almost 9 kilometers passing wine estates Glen Carlou, Rupert and Rothschild, and later Vrede and Lust.
  • This road comes to a natural end at a T-junction just after you’ve crossed a disused railway. Turn right onto the R45 signposted to Franschhoek (two strands of the same road merge here).
  • You will now drive towards Franschhoek roughly 18 kilometers through an area called Simondium, passing L’Ormarins, and later La Motte wine estates.
  • As you reach the center of Franschhoek Village, turn right into Bordeaux Street (you’ll first pass Kruger and De Larey Streets on the right) and follow that road. From this point, Mont Rochelle is signposted.
  • At the bottom of Bordeaux Street, carry on straight as the road veers to the left. This is a short section of Cabriere Street and then turn right onto Daniel Hugo Street. Keep following the signs to Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard, you've got just over a kilometer to go.
  • You’ve now arrived at Mont Rochelle.

GPS

33.918258, 19.108861

Please note that Google Maps shows the incorrect location of the hotel if you type in Mont Rochelle Hotel. You must type in Mont Rochelle Mountain Vineyards, otherwise, you’ll end up on the other side of Franschhoek halfway up the mountain.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Children policy
  • When sharing a room with their parents, children aged 6 - 15 are charged at 950 ZAR per night including breakfast and soft drinks.
  • Children aged 5 and under stay for free.

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