Rickety Bridge Wine Estate
Rickety Bridge Wine Estate offers 4-star accommodation on a Franschhoek wine estate, less than 3 kilometres from the centre of the quaint Franschhoek town.
Nestled against the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains overlooking the majestic Wemmershoek Mountain range, the 50 hectare wine estate has 15 hectares of vines, accommodation at Basse Provence Guest House and the Rickety Bridge Manor House, and a beautiful tasting room where guests can sample the superb Rickety Bridge Winery wines. Our restaurant, Paulina’s, occupies a stunning location amongst the vineyards – perfect for pensively sipping on our wine while enjoying a meal off the bistro-style menu. We also specialise in weddings – there are superb spots scattered around the wine estate perfect for a wedding ceremony or reception.
Rickety Bridge Wine Estate is a popular destination in the Cape Winelands with a long wine-making history. Although reminiscent of the past, and nostalgic and timeless, this estate is also all things new, all things delectable and all things sublime. Lie still in the stylishly-renovated 19th century rooms of our beautiful Franschhoek guest house. With every luxury of a four-star hotel, the three en-suite rooms also offer the comforting pleasures of home.
Every detail has been considered in this Franschhoek luxury accommodation: classic Cape Dutch furniture, a fire-warmed lounge and country kitchen, dramatic yellow wood-beamed ceilings and pine floors polished with layers of history all contribute to the timelessness of your experience.
Lunch might be over when the distant orange-pink mountains change their hue. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave.
Please click here to see current menu: Paulina’s Menu (PDF)
Take a seat overlooking the Rickety Bridge vineyards. Sip a glassful of crisp estate wine and enjoy a delicious lunch while drinking in the splendour of the magnificent surroundings. Every creation from our team of talented chefs is given extra zest by the striking beauty of the setting and stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains.
Rickety Bridge is an enchanting Franschhoek wine estate that earns its place in the Cape’s cuisine capital. Franschhoek is home to some of the best restaurants in South Africa.
The Restaurant in the Vines has made way for Paulina’s, named in honour of the original owner of the property in 1797, Paulina de Villiers.
In keeping with current culinary trends, the restaurant features a variety of half and full portions of its exciting bistro style menu, allowing diners the opportunity to sample and share dishes.
The half portions are larger than a conventional tapas serving, so ideal for sharing, or having as a starter. Some of the dishes are served as main portions only.
Paulina’s is open for lunch seven days a week.
The restaurant spills out from a cosy thatched area onto decks with views over the vineyards and mountains. Umbrellas and a Bedouin tent provide cover and shade.
Our Franschhoek Wines
Shadowed by the Dassenberg mountains, the mild Franschhoek valley is the perfect canvas for winemaker Wynand Grobler to create a portfolio of outstanding Franschhoek wines. The flagship range, Paulina’s Reserve, proudly bears the name of original owner, Paulina de Villiers.
The flagship, a king among South African red wines, is The Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon. This distinctive South African wine, as well as the renowned Paulina’s Reserve and Rickety Bridge classic range, have received several accolades at South Africa wine shows and around the world.
Rickety Bridge wine estate is undoubtedly one of the most progressive wineries in the Cape. The historic wine making cellar was recently renovated and converted into a barrel fermentation centre, the new winery was built and modern cooling equipment was installed. The newly built wine tasting centre is the perfect place to sample 200 years of wine making tradition: taste these delightful Franschhoek wines in comfort, al fresco in summer on the winery verandah or relaxing in front of the fire in winter. The pleasures of these outstanding South African wines extend beyond the bottle.
This enchanting estate offers a new delight with every visit. Enjoy a delicious lunch on a sunny verandah overlooking the vines. Stay over in one of the luxurious Manor House rooms, embraced in two centuries of history, and discover one certainty, during every moment spent on this side of the bridge, you won’t want to be anywhere else in the world.