Founded in 1991 and named after the famed French skiing town, Cape Chamonix has some of the highest-planted vineyards in the Franschhoek wine region. The beautiful vineyards, planted on the mountainside above the valley floor, range from 320 to 597 metres in elevation, at heights where a cooling breeze helps to mitigate the generally warm Franschhoek climate. Winemaker Gottfried Mocke was born in the Swellendam area and worked in Germany, France and Oregon before returning to his native country. It is fair to say that, after joining Chamonix in 2001, he completely turned around its previously rather ordinary wines and today has built the winery a reputation for producing some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs in the country. The winery currently farms primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery produces a range of wines, some particularly fine examples of a Bordeaux-style blends, as well as a schnapps and fruit for export, but the success of its wines threatens to eclipse all its other activities.