Our Story


Rottcher HistoryThe Sonnegold Orange Winery was established by Mr Rottcher, a German immigrant near Greytown in 1916. Necessity was the “Mother of Invention” as with no grapes available wine was made from oranges and served at the Holy Communion. Grandson, Kurt Rottcher continued the family tradition and Rottcher Wineries was officially started in White River in the Heidelberg Valley in 1959! Rottcher Wineries was sold to Koot and Loura van den Heever in 1983 and then to Christine and Jaco Nel in 2008. Rottcher’s was then relocated to its present location at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre where the poduct range has been increased by current owner and distiller, Frank Theron.

Frank’s passion and enthusiasm has included purchasing stills which have added another exciting aspect to Rottcher’s product range. Frank is justifiably proud of Rottcher’s unique range of fermented and distilled products. Rottcher’s offer drinks which are a secret blend of zesty Lowveld citrus and cane sugar, all carefully nurtured in their White River cellar until perfectly matured!






The Man …Frank Theron, owner and distiller buys, creates and develops Rottcher into “Distillers of Distinction”!

At the beginning of 2012 Frank Theron bought Rottcher Wineries. Encouraged by his friends, assisted by the former owners, and greatly motivated by his personal passion for wine and his own hobby of collecting wines, he took the reins with energy and enthusiasm. 

As the proud new owner, he immediately decided that the winery needed innovation and spark which brought about his long-term plans to expand and introduce an exciting selection of new products. 

Frank’s vision for the winery is to ensure that Rottcher flourishes and will remain as a prominent landmark on the Lowveld tourism and commercial map for generations to come.