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Stop and smell the Pinotage

Welcome to Stellenbosch – South Africa’s second oldest town and most inspiring wine, food, art and cultural destination.

Starting 27 November, Stellenbosch’s popular Drostdy Street will transform into a gourmet and grape hub. Held every second Wednesday between November and March 2020, the Stellenbosch Soirées celebrate a selection of wine cellars with food and live music.

Taste your way through an array of Pinotage wines, the signature Stellenbosch varietal that pairs beautifully with the Stellenbosch Street Soirées.

Pinotage, a grape that has become synonymous with South African vineyards, has as much of a dramatic past as it does a spectrum of styles.

This rustic red stems from an experimental cross-pollination of two French grape varietals – Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University is said to have planted four grape seeds in 1925, which were later discovered after he left the university.

No notes were ever found detailing this experiment and so it comes as no surprise that local Pinotage winemakers keep our palates guessing with different flavours and aromas.

Earth-driven and fruity, Pinotage is perfect for pairing with all sorts of pickled, poached and pot roasted delights.

Give your palate a full sensory experience at the Stellenbosch Street Soirées and partner up with a bottle of Pinotage, a proudly Stellenbosch varietal.