The Winemaking Tradition

The winemaking tradition definitely runs deep in the history of this remarkable winery, as the old cellar infrastructure, consisting of concrete and underground tanks, would prove.

Unfortunately, these underground tanks had to be filled up to level the floor of the old cellar. Dr Nigel MacNaught purchased the wine estate, then known as Zanddrift, in 1988 (the present owner of Stony Brook). This was also the beginning of a new era of development for Rickety Bridge. In 1989 a replanting programme was started and in 1992 the first wine was produced from these vines - 6663 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Since then Rickety Bridge has been redeveloped. Mr. Allan Tonkin completed a new winery in 1997, when the old cellar was renovated and converted into a barrel fermentation centre. The current owner, Mr. Duncan Spence, installed modern cooling equipment in the renovated cellar during 2000. Visitors are welcome to come and visit our newly built and decorated Wine Tasting Centre with magnificent views over the Wemmershoek Mountains and the natural beauty of the Franschhoek valley. Now Rickety Bridge Winery truly is one of the most progressive, modern boutique wineries in South Africa.

Rickety Bridge Winery