Wine at Rickety Bridge

With a history going back to 1797, the estate and its legacy have been passed on to its current owner Duncan Spence who has been ownership of the estate since 2000.

Wine Tasting Centre at Rickety Bridge

The Wine Tasting Centre is adjacent to the wine cellar, offering a glimpse into the inner workings of a working winery. It is housed on an elevated platform with a three-sided full-height glazed façade, offering views of the vineyards and majestic Franschhoek mountains. The tasting centre virtually spills over, through glass walls, into the maturation cellar on the one side and onto floating terraces on the other side.


The History of Rickety Bridge Winery

This historic estate was originally part of the great La Provence farm given to French Huguenot farmers in 1694. Over the years the property was divided and the portion which is now Rickety Bridge was granted to Paulina De Villiers, one of the first female landowners in South Africa, in 1797.

In the late 1980s, the estate became known as Rickety Bridge due to the old railway sleeper bridge which crossed the Franschhoek River and provided the entry point to the estate. The rickety bridge was replaced in 1996 and the new bridge provides a safe crossing over the river.

The position of the farm, overlooking the Wemmershoek Mountain range gives the estate a range of aspects and soil types for growing different varieties of grapes. The lower flatland of the estate is covered by sandy soils close to the Franschhoek River which crosses in front of the estate’s lower border. The hillside provides the wine estate with decomposed granite soils which are ideal for growing high-quality red grapes required for producing premium red wine.

Today, Rickety Bridge is a stately Franschhoek winery that has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and the memory and pioneering spirit of Paulina De Villiers are celebrated by the flagship range of wines, Paulina's Reserve. These distinctive wines, as well as the renowned Rickety Bridge classic range and the Foundation Stone Range, have received many accolades and high praise in recent years.

Rickety Bridge Wine Estate is 50 Hectares in an area of which only 13 Hectares. The remaining 32 Hectares are made up of a 5-star guesthouse, a modern wine cellar, a restaurant, staff accommodation, dams, and a pine forest. Rickety Bridge Wine Estate is a popular destination in the Cape Winelands with a long winemaking history.


Meet the Wine Makers

Meet the wine-making team at Rickety Bridge.