Ridgeback Wines

Paarl Wine Route


The 65ha Ridgeback Wines farm was established in 1996 by current owner Vernon Cole, formerly from Zimbabwe. Its first wine came in 2000. After the early success of the Ridgeback Shiraz 2001, a 300-ton cellar, guesthouse and wine tasting centre were quickly established. The name Ridgeback is inspired by the character of the African Ridgeback dog pedigree, famed for its exploits, bravery and spirit. There are 35ha under vine, comprising diverse cultivars. Its range includes an MCC sparkling wine too.


White and Dessert Wines

Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chenin Blanc

Red Wines

Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Grenache (Red)

Wine experiences

Wine Club



Bed & Breakfast



$$ moderately priced

No. of rooms


Located on a 62 hectare farm, 10km outside of both Paarl and Wellington set amongst our cherished vineyards, and home to our nationally and internationally celebrated Ridgeback wines, Ridgeback House offers a truly luxurious experience that includes stylish accommodation, fine dining, top-notch service and some of the best wines South Africa has to offer.


The Deck restaurant is a breakfast and lunch restaurant overlooking our pristine little dam populated by 24 different species of waterfowl. Surrounded by a lush garden and open lawn The Deck Restaurant is a real break away and a special find. The restaurant was voted as one of the top 25 breakfast restaurants in the Cape Winelands in 2018 and offer child friendly facilities as well.


Outdoor Experiences

Mountain Biking Trails

Lifestyle Experiences

Arts & Culture