Rickety Bridge Winery
The estate can look back on a long history. There is proof that today’s Rickety Bridge has been active as a farm since the end of the 17th century when Huguenot farmers claimed the land for themselves. Until the foundation in 1990 it was part of the La Provence farm.
Until 1997, the original state of the historic concrete wine cellar and subterranean tanks was completely identifiable yet had to be redone and modernised in the course of arising renovation works.
Since the turn of the millennium, the new cellar contains modern cooling systems as well as a capacity of 200 tons of grapes. Since the inclusion of winemaker Wynand Grobler in December 2007, the focus is laid on perfection, passion and emotion in the production of wine. Additionally, there is the unusually good location with various types of soil that enable the cultivation of different kinds of grape varieties. Numerous awards for the Rickety Bridge wines speak a clear language.
Excellent premium wines from a historic winery
Nowadays, the winery features one of the most modern boutique wine cellars at the Cape with an astonishing portfolio of various South Africa grape varieties that entice novices as well as connoisseurs. Proudly, Rickety Bridge presents the Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle carries the name of the first owner from 1797, Paulina de Villiers. A red wine with a classic elegant character and an inimitable flavour variation of red fruits and a hint of mint and oak aroma. The flagship of the estate is without a doubt The Bridge; the vintage 2014 was awarded with an impressive 4.5 Platter Stars.
Luxurious Accommodation in the Rickety Bridge Manor House
Besides a rich selection of premium wines, the estate offers family friendly luxury accommodation. The Rickety Bridge Manor House is equipped with three rooms; the Basse Provence Country House features seven rooms and a cottage which is located on the opposite side of the Franschhoek River. The beautiful atmosphere makes it a great venue for wedding ceremonies. Sitting in the restaurant Paulina’s, visitors and wine gourmets enjoy homemade South African cuisine to the fullest.
Pirramimma vineyards and winery are nestled behind the township of McLaren Vale, running parallel to Tatachilla Road. The mature vineyards are planted to 13 varieties and 40 designated blocks, spread over 300 acres and allow them to produce over 80 different wines, from the iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz, pioneered varieties such as Petit Verdot and Tannat, and an ancient collection of fortifieds.
Founded in 2005, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House has established strong relationships with partner producers to craft champagnes of a rare elegance from exceptional terroirs and rigorously selected grapes. “Accomplishing through great achievements”, such has been the Rothschild family’s ambition for more than 250 years. Through the strength of its wine-growing experience, the family has joined forces with producers from Champagne to develop excellent champagnes which bring together know-how and tradition.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm L’Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the estate, and the beginnings of what was to become a sprawling enterprise with a focus on terroir-specific wines.
Takara has great experience in producing Shochu , Mirin and Sake for more than one-and-a-half centuries. Because Takara’s main business endeavors depend heavily on the mastery of natural processes such as fermentation, the Company feels a strong responsibility toward preserving the natural environment.
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