Pinotage is one of the wine world’s few “designer grapes”. Pinotage is probably South Africa’s most treasured wine, because it was invented in our country in the 1920’s. Abraham Perold, the father of Pinotage, was born and buried in Paarl. Every year on the second Saturday in October we celebrate this home-grown grape varietal. This day is always a highlight on the calendar as wine lovers around the globe celebrate South Africa’s national variety. Pop over to Paarl on Pinotage Day, Saturday 12 October 2019, and see what our wine producers have to offer.

Start your day off by stocking up on this much-loved varietal at Boland Cellar and Landskroon Wines. Buy five of Boland Cellar’s award winning Cappupino Ccinotage at R60 per bottle and get the 6th free. (www.bolandcellar.co.za) Landskroon Wines offer you a 15% discount when you order your Landskroon Pinotage or Landskroon Blanc de Noir (100% Pinotage) at the cellar door. This offer is valid from 7 – 12 October 2019. (www.landskroonwines.com)
Head off to Perdeberg Cellar where #PinotageDay celebrations will be in full swing at their Tasting Room! Pinotage activities will include sampling and tastings of an array of their Pinotage wines, visitors will receive a complimentary Pinotage tasting and when you buy any bottle of Pinotage you stand the chance to win in their Pinotage competition. (www.perdeberg.co.za)

At Mellasat Vineyards, home to the world’s first commercially available White Pinotage, visitors will be able to celebrate #PinotageDay by enjoying the rare opportunity to taste rare older vintages of this indigenous local varietal. Take part in a vertical tasting of four vintages – 2008, 2016, 2017 and 2019, each paired with a traditional snack. Cost is R109 per person. Bookings are essential and the tasting is available from 11am – 4pm. (www.mellasat.com)

Painted Wolf Wines Tasting Room which is conveniently located in Paarl’s beautiful Main Road will be offering visitors a flavour adventure. Their pack will be pairing their full range of Pinotage wines with traditional South African dishes with a twist – a taste experience that is not to be missed. Discounts will be given on all their Pinotage wines. They will be in a festive #PinotageDay mood with music, delicious food from Sit Café and wine to give away! They might even have one or two older vintages up the sleeve and if you think it’s too hot for red wine then you can relax in the shade and sip on their fresh and fruity Pinotage Rosé. They will be open from 11 – 3pm. (www.paintedwolfwines.com)