International Pinotage Day – yes, an entire day devoted to this uniquely South African wine – takes place on the second Saturday of October every year. Despite COVID’s best efforts, 2020 is no different, and Pinotage lovers around South Africa (and the world) will be raising a glass to our very special, signature varietal.
The story of Pinotage begins back in 1925, when Prof. Abraham Izak Perold, the first professor of viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, successfully combined Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) grapes creating a new variety called Pino-tage.
Perold needed to nurture and reproduce the first seedlings (there were only four) and his efforts were rewarded when, 16 years later, CT de Waal produced the very first barrel of Pinotage wine in Stellenbosch. The name ‘Pinotage’ actually only appeared on a wine label in 1961. According to The Pinotage Association, it was SFW’s 1959 Lanzerac Pinotage.
It’s been a slow burn ever since, with Pinotage gradually and little-by-little gaining in popularity across the world. And it was only really in 1991, 30 years later, when Kanonkop’s Pinotage won the Robert Mondavi Trophy for the Best Red Wine at the 1991 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, that Pinotage finally secured its place in the sun. You can’t beat a good Pinotage – and it pairs really well with food. The Boozy Kitchen blog recommends pairing this great South African wine with great South African cuisine, like bobotie, briyani, a slow-cooked potjie or even smoky grills straight off the braai (boerie roll and Pinotage anyone?).
Full-bodied Pinotage goes well with venison, rich meat dishes and robust stews, while a medium-bodied Pinotage is perfect with game fish or a hearty bean soup – even sushi and sashimi. Happily, it can also be paired with a selection of cheeses and a range of rich, sweet and chocolatey desserts. From ‘lifestyle’ Pinotages to rosés and even bubbles, Pinotage is truly a wine for all seasons and occasions!
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this proudly Stellenbosch, proudly South African wine this weekend:
L’Avenir Wine Estate
Join the L’Avenir team for a special Pinotage focus experience at the L’Avenir Cellardoor.
The ‘Pinotage Focus Tasting’ is R150pp and includes the following wines: GlenRose, Horizon, Prov 2017, Prov 2013, Single Block Pino 2018 and Single Block Pino 2013.
To book contact: 021 889 5001
Neethlingshof is celebrating International Pinotage Day with a free taste of their Estate Pinotage, Pinotage Rosé or The Owl Post Single Vineyard Pinotage with any tasting on the day. These 3 wines are also available at a 20% discount online and from the tasting room.
They are excited to welcome Die Wors-rol, makers of gourmet worsrolle, to the Neethlingshof Estate on Pinotage Day. They will be serving up the following:
· Die Lam Rol: Smoked lamb shoulder, fermented tomato ketchup ratatouille, burnt peppers, truffle mayo and chips (R95)
· Fish and chips – Beer Battered hake, “Sout en Asyn Chips, Lemongrass dressing, onion rings and homemade tartar sauce (R85)
– Vegetarian options will also be available.
** In addition to the above, they will also have the usual wine tastings and pairings available.
** 20% Discount ends on 10 October 2020.
Bookings are essential as seating is limited.
To book contact: 021 883 8975
Pay a visit to Lanzerac – home of the world’s first commercially bottled Pinotage!
The estate will be celebrating the entire weekend, with the space in front of the estate’s Tasting Room & Deli transformed into an oenophile’s dream with tables for guests to relax and enjoy a perfect Winelands’ day out with friends and family amongst the picturesque Stellenbosch mountains.
Guests can look forward to enjoying an array of delicious food, including dishes from the braai station, such as Wagyu burgers, braai boards, low & slow cooked pork belly, gourmet boerie and ice-cream sandwiches. The wine station set up will ensure that guests are able to savour their favourite Lanzerac wine and Gin cocktails, whilst enjoying live entertainment beneath the leafy oak trees.
On the Saturday morning, Lanzerac’s Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan will host a private Pinotage Tasting experience in the working wine cellar, providing guests with an in-depth knowledge of both the estate’s range of Pinotage wines, rich Pinotage pioneering heritage and vineyard practices pertaining to the Pinotage vines. The tasting will commence at 11h00 and 14h00 with tickets priced at R150 per person.
Entry to what is set to be a delightful day out with family and friends is complimentary. Bookings for the private Pinotage Tasting on Saturday 10 October are essential.
For more information about the festivities, or to book your seat for the private tasting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday the 10th of October, Beyerskloof will be marking Pinotage Day with a traditional snoek braai menu at the Red Leaf Bistro. Sound delicious? So it should, as the snoek will be braaied with their special white Pinotage sauce!
A selection of vintage wines will be available to taste and purchase. Please note that tasting stock will be limited to first-come, first-serve. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Booking is essential. To book contact: 021 856 2685 or email RedLeaf@Beyerskloof.co.za
Recognised internationally for their Pinotage, Kanonkop is also getting in on the weekend’s action! Join them for a vertical tasting of their Kanonkop Estate Pinotage range from 2011-2018. At only R75 per person (refundable on purchase) it is a wonderful wander through the estate’s love affair with Pinotage.
They’re open between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, 10 October. To book contact: 021 884 4656 or email email@example.com