Pinotage is a grape variety that was created in South Africa in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University.
Perold was attempting to combine the best qualities of the robust Hermitage with Pinot noir, a grape that makes great wine but can be difficult to grow.
Perold planted the four seeds from his cross in the garden of his official residence at Welgevallen Experimental Farm and then apparently forgot about them. In 1927 he left the university to take up a job with KWV co-operative and the garden became overgrown. The university sent in a team to tidy it up, just as Charlie Niehaus happened to pass by. He was a young lecturer who knew about the seedlings, and rescued them from the clean-up team.
The young plants were moved to Elsenburg Agricultural College, grafted onto newly established rootstock and the one that was doing best was selected for propagation and was christened Pinotage.
The first wine was made in 1941 at Elsenburg.
14 October is International Pinotage Day and Paarl Wine Route producers will be celebrating this special grape.
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
Enjoy a complimentary Pinotage & Canapé pairing at the Tasting Room at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate on Pinotage Day on Saturday, 14 October in celebration of Pinotage Day.
For more information please contact +27 (0) 21 869 8386.
Offer is valid from 9 – 14 October 2017
In celebration of International Pinotage Day on 14 October 2017, Landskroon Wines offer you 15% discount when you order your Landskroon Pinotage or Landskroon Blanc de Noir (100% Pinotage) at the tasting room or online shop.
You will also get a free wine tasting on the above-mentioned wines.
For more information please contact +27 (0) 21 863 1039
Enjoy a vertical tasting of Mellasat’s White Pinotage 2009, 2015, 2016 and 2017 straight out of the barrel. Each wine will be paired with a delicious snack.
Further lunch options will also be available on the day.
The tasting will be available on Saturday, 14th October, from 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday, 15th October, from 10:30am – 3:30pm
Bookings are essential. Contact +27 (0) 21 862 4525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is R99 per person
Under Oaks celebrates Pinotage !
Join Under Oaks on Saturday, 14 October 2017, from 12pm – 2pm for a leisurely lunch in their private cellar. The menu has been designed to reflect the complex character of their Pinotage Reserve and includes mouth-watering dishes such as Pinotage Sorbet, Sushi, Biltong and Beetroot Salad, Bobotie and Jan Ellis Pudding.
Cost is R295 per person (Wine Club Members R250 per person)
Bookings are essential.
Contact email@example.com or +27 (0) 21 869 8535.