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Estate History

Rickety Bridge vineyard is situated between the Dassenberg Mountain and the Franschhoek River, offering a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. The winery has been in operation since 1797 and is currently owned by Duncan Spence. The estate was originally part of the La Provence farm, which was given to French Huguenot farmers in 1694. In 1797, Rickety Bridge was granted to Paulina De Villiers, one of the first female landowners in South Africa.

The estate became known as Rickety Bridge in the late 1980s due to the old railway bridge made from sleepers that crossed the Franschhoek River and provided access to the estate. The bridge was replaced in 1996, providing a safer crossing.

Rickety Bridge Wine Estate's location overlooking the Wemmershoek Mountain range offers a range of aspects and soil types, perfect for growing different varieties of grapes. The sandy soils near the Franschhoek River are ideal for cultivating white wine grapes, while the decomposed granite soils on the hillside are perfect for growing high-quality red grapes used to produce premium red wine.

The estate has gained recognition and received numerous awards for its wines. Its commitment to quality and the use of traditional winemaking techniques have contributed to its success.

Despite technological advancements, Rickety Bridge Wine Estate has remained dedicated to preserving old traditions in winemaking. This commitment ensures that the handcrafted wines produced on the estate maintain their exceptional quality.

In addition to wine production, the estate boasts luxury accommodations, a tasting room, a wine cellar, and a restaurant. Visitors can indulge in wine tastings, take tours of the cellar, and enjoy delicious food paired with the estate's wines.