Rickety Bridge Winery

Rickety Bridge is nestle against the slopes of the Franschhoek mountains

About the winery
This remarkable winery has a long standing tradition of winemaking, as the original cellar infrastructure of concrete and underground tanks prove. Unfortunately, these underground tanks had to be filled up to level the floor of the old cellar. The new winery was completed in 1997, when the old cellar was renovated and converted into a barrel fermentation centre. Over the last few years the cellar has been re equipped and modern cooling equipment was installed in the renovated cellar during 2000. Our winemaking philosophy is one of a gentle approach in the cellar. All grapes are hand harvested and only the best are selected for our wines. Over the years, our approach has been endorsed by numerous local and international accolades.

Learn more about Rickety Bridge Winery and their facilities at:

http://www.ricketybridge.com/

Location

Franschhoek

Opening Hours
Monday: 09:00 - 18:00Tuesday: 09:00 - 18:00Wednesday: 09:00 - 18:00Thursday: 09:00 - 18:00Friday: 09:00 - 18:00Saturday: 09:00 - 18:00Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00
Cellar door / shop
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Accommodation
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Tastings
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Tours
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Restaurant
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Events / Weddings
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Languages
English
Children friendly
No
Region
Franschhoek
Country
South Africa
Organic
No
Grape varieties
Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon BlancCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, Shiraz
History & Geography
The land dates back to 1694 when farms, situated in the valley at the foot of what is now known as Franschhoek Mountain were given to Huguenot farmers - Rickety Bridge was once part of the original La Provence farm. Over the years these properties were subdivided and on the 13th May 1797 a quitrent grant was given in favour of the widow Paulina de Villiers, making her one of the first female landowners. Paulina de Villiers renamed the farm Paulina's drift. It is believed that Paulina was the first to plant vineyards on the estate. The estate became known as Rickety Bridge in the late 80's/ early 90's when Dr Nigel MacNaught was the owner. The old original rickety bridge which consisted mainly of sleeper wood beams was too narrow for larger vehicles. This was probably the main reason for changing and rebuilding the bridge, the concrete state, during 1996. Current owner Duncan Spence from the UK, an international business man, acquired the property in February 2000.
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