Vanessa at Ridgeback is an excellent host. We first met her when visiting the vineyard for a tasting four years ago. We were delighted.to find that she has added a B&B guesthouse since then, and so it was the obvious choice for our stay in Paarl.
We had the suite, which offered a huge amount of space. It was such a delight to wake up and be able to look out across the vines. Paarl can get very hit, so it was great to be able to relax by the pool under a shade.
The dining room isn't just used for breakfast. One evening we enjoyed dinner on the estate. We enjoyed beautifully cooked Hake, and were able to enjoy the wine from the estate without worrying about drinking and driving!
Included in the package was a tasting and a tour of the cellar.. The winemaker - Toit - gave us a very good understanding of his craft. We were very lucky as they were just harvesting the white grapes, so we were able to see the beginning of the fermentation in the oak barrels.
In addition to the B&B, we enjoyed a lovely lunch by the lake, washed down with a tasting of the current batch of wine for sale.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ridgeback Guest House founded in 2008, originally the old farm house,located in the middle of the 62 hectare farm nestled amongst the working vineyards,overlooking the magnificent Paarl Limietberg Mountains and home to our award winning Ridgeback Wines.Ridgeback House offers a truly luxurious experience with stylish accommodation, fine home cooking, attentive service and some of the best wine South Africa has to offer.All rooms are individually decorated, all en-suite. Four rooms have private balconies overlooking beautiful koppies and vineyards.Ridgeback House caters for a wide range of clients from corporate clients through to get-away seekers and nature enthusiasts. It serves as a great base to explore the Cape Winelands and Cape Town with countless attractions, or sit back,relax and simply enjoy the outdoors. ... more less
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