The story of Riboville
The story of Riboville is one of both destiny and a destination. Let us inspire you with our story.
Riboville is a dream come true for the Sinovich family. This fine establishment has recently been taken under new reins with George Sinovich at the helm – who has always had a passion and love of the hospitality and food industry.
The legacy of the Sinovich family has been one that echoes a sense of striving, with a touch of very good timing and something that might be considered akin to appreciation for living up to destiny.
After building successful reputable restaurant businesses (The Codfather) and operating in hospitality for many decades, the opportunity to purchase this ‘equestrian’ hotel and restaurant and transform it into a real winner is not only about an investment, it’s about inspiration – a point in history where the triangle of timing, chance and opportunity have come together again to change the future, forever.
In 1974, a bet placed on a horse called Ribovillle who was 20:1 outsider to win in the Durban July, turned out to be just the right bet. Through a series of extraordinary events, the horse romped to the finish line four lengths ahead of the nearest rival, a feat which has never been matched.
This win turned out to be a crucial financial windfall to the Sinovich family, a family transformed through the generations from farmers to land developers, to restauranteurs and now hospitality providers. With an instinctual eye for excellence, this new five-star stable is not only about betting on a good business horse – it is something symbolic to the spirit of the family and a soul of success and the stamina it takes to transform intangible luck into a true fortune.
That’s why this beautiful establishment shall simply be renamed as Riboville.
Situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, Riboville is nestled within the prestigious Waterfall Equestrian Estate. A five-star destination perfectly located in proximity to the city and only a five-minute drive from the Mall of Africa.
Riboville’s boutique hotel, conference venue and restaurant is the perfect blend of urban luxury in a country setting.
Overlooking a lush polo field and tranquil dam which attracts bird life all year round. Located in an equestrian estate, Riboville’s lavish double-volume barn design, echoes this setting with the equestrian-themed art and decor.
Riboville offers a unique rural respite from the stresses of city life.