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.
On warm, sunny days wine-lovers can taste Rickety Bridge wines on the terraces, surrounded by vines. A laid-back game of boules may beckon just a few steps away, while children can amuse themselves on the jungle gym and adjacent lawn. On cooler days, guests can gather around the wood-burning fireplace and soak up the warmth while enjoying Rickety Bridge’s fine wines. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the various Tasting Centre offerings.
Taste your way through the Rickety Bridge ranges, with the following tasting options:
Rickety Bridge can accommodate parties up to 80 people for a wine tasting in the conference centre, by prior arrangement. Tastings endure 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on the size of the group, wine knowledge of the group, time available to the group.
Cellar tours can be arranged by appointment. Enjoy an in-depth tour through our 500-tonne cellar, guided by our knowledgeable and friendly staff. Get to know the winemaking process from the vine through to the barrel. The tour takes about 30-45 minutes, but we highly recommend doing a tasting thereafter while you drink in the splendour of the surroundings.
Kindly note cellar tours are not on offer during harvest time.
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Cost: R50 per person
Work on the perfect red or white blend with a group of family, friends or co-workers, or simply concoct a little something for a special event. This interactive wine blending session is aimed at both wine novices and enthusiasts alike. The Rickety Bridge team will provide everything you need and coach you in the process of making wine your own bottle of wine, along with a personalised wine label. Booking your red or white blending experience in advance is essential. Big groups can be accommodated, upon request. Contact the Wine Tasting Centre for more information.
Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
Cost: R270 per person
Enjoy a unique Panna Cotta & Wine pairing at the Wine Tasting Centre, skilfully matched by Rickety Bridge’s winemaking and culinary team. The distinctive flavours of the Panna Cottas bring out the natural flavour profiles of the wines. The pairing includes 6 Panna Cottas & 6 wines and can be enjoyed in the morning or the afternoon. Booking in advance is essential.
Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
The Wine Tasting Centre now offers a small selection of wood-fired pizza's on a daily basis. View the latest pizza menu here. Delicious cheese and meat platters and non-alcoholic drink options are also available to order or opt for a bistro style lunch next door, at Paulina's Restaurant.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the Franschhoek Valley. Journey through rolling vineyards in a vintage style railway tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Tram goers can hop on and off at Rickety Bridge, as part of their Wine Tram Experience and stay a little longer and enjoy a bistro-style lunch at Paulina’s Restaurant.
The Wine Tasting Centre is open 7 days a week, from 10h00 to 17h00. The Tasting Centre works on a first-come, first basis unless you’ve made a prior booking. Should all the tables be full, we will place you on a waiting list until a spot opens. We recommend booking in advance during peak season.
Make a reservation on 021 876 2129 or email@example.com.
Kindly note: we're closed on 25 December and 1 January.