Wine lovers all over the world have embraced the celebration of South Africa’s national wine and this year’s Pinotage Day promises to be exceptional, entertaining and with a more International presence .
Internationally Pinotage events, promotions and campaigns in the USA, UK, Europe and Asia have been created. With campaigns from California to Japan and tastings in London and Germany, this day has a truly international reach this year. Apart from this, Pinotage will also be served on Pinotage Day at a gala dinner in Washington DC attended by executive dignitaries.
On the local front, wineries have grabbed the opportunity and created numerous Pinotage events and promotions to celebrate SA’s national wine. A Pinotage Carnival, FunRun and MTB race, as well as vertical tastings and exclusive pairing menus, have been created.
A centralised cellar door competition has been initiated and entrants will be able to enter a competition via entry boxes at numerous cellar doors and tasting rooms. Alternatively, entries can be submitted on a digital platform via our Facebook page www.facebook.com./PinotageWine. All wine lovers are encouraged to celebrate this day by raising a glass to our beloved Pinotage. A digital cheer can be raised by using the #PinotageDay hashtag.
Various famous Pinotage producers including Neethlingshof, Beyerskloof, Simonsig, Lanzerac, Van Loveren and Kanonkop will be offering special tastings and events. More info can be found on our website http://pinotage.co.za/pinotageday.
Gauteng also has its Pinotage Day celebration as the Pinotage and Biltong festival takes place on 14 and 15 October at the Leriba Hotel in Centurion – an opportunity to celebrate Pinotage Day in truly South African style.
Here is a list of events and promotions planned in the winelands (and Gauteng):
Pinotage and Biltong Festival will be celebrated in Centurion over the Pinotage Day weekend (14-15 October). This event will give wine lovers in Gauteng the opportunity to celebrate Pinotage Day in truly South African style with biltong and a glass or two of Pinotage.
Lanzerac will host vertical Pinotage tastings, special Pinotage promotions and offer wonderful Pinotage picnic baskets.
Celebrate International Pinotage Day by participating in this 8km Jeep track off-road fun run. Wine tastings approximately every 2km on route. All shapes and ages welcome, but no wine for under 18’s. Bottle of wine to each finisher (older than 18). Food, music, entertainment and more fun waiting at the finish line. Parking at the entrance of Neethlingshof, where a tractor will give you a lift to the tasting area/starting line.
Local favourites Jack & Black will set the scene while you enjoy a special Pinotage tasting and get 10% off any Pinotage wines purchased at the Simonsig tasting room on the day. Selected older Pinotage vintages will also be made available for purchase on the day. Indulge in Pinotage inspired food pairings at Cuvée or join a master class with the ‘Lady of Pinotage’ – Debbie Thompson. Pinotage Day is from 11am to 5pm. Entry is free. The Master Class will be held from 12pm to 1pm and attendance costs R200 per person. Bookings are essential.
Join Wellington Wines for a five-course long table dinner with Pinotage from the Vinoteque on Pinotage Day 14 October 2017. Starts at 18:30, R400 pp.
Beyerskloof is presenting a Pinotage Carnival to celebrate International Pinotage Day. Pinotage Burgers, Pino dogs, Pizza, Pancakes with a Pinotage surprise & Pinotage Gelato available for purchase at one of the food stalls. Participate in the fun games and win prizes. Entertainment: juggler, stilt walker, mime and DJ throughout the day and caricatures drawn between 11h30 -13h30. Book a seat at the educational vintage tasting. (event sold out)
For Pinotage Day, Kanonkop is offering a 10 vintage vertical tasting of the Kanonkop Estate Pinotage. The tasting will be in their art gallery and no pre-booking is required. Tasting fee is R50 per person which includes a tasting of their range of current wines. The Black Label Pinotage is also available for tasting at an additional fee of R100.
De Waal – Stellenbosch
Top of the Hill Fun Walk, free wine tasting at the farm and discounts on purchases of Pinotage.
Spier Wine Farm
Cellar door specials at Spier on Pinotage Day. Free Pinotage welcome drink and a special Spier Pinotage Combo pack on sale. On 14 October Spier Wine Farm offers a 20% discount on online Pinotage purchases via their online store.
Under Oaks – Paarl
Join Under Oaks 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.
Landskroon – Paarl
Landskroon offers a 15% discount on their Pinotage and Blanc de Noir wines (offer valid 9-14 Oct).
Mellasat – Paarl
Vertical tasting of White Pinotage 2009, 2015 & 2016. Barrel tasting of 2017 vintage. Lunch option available.
Deetlefs Wine Estate Rawsonville
Celebrations at Deetlefs. Order 12 bottles Deetlefs Estate Pinotage 2013 (R145 per bottle) and get six Stonecross Pinotage 2015 for free.
Bon Courage – Robertson
Cellar door special. Bon Courage Wines in Robertson offers a 25% discount on Bon Courage Pinotage 2014 (13 & 14 Oct).
Cellar Door Promo: buy one case (six bottles) of Pinotage and get one bottle for free. Taste 2016 Gen Smuts Trophy Pinotage wine.
Cellar Door Promotion: buy two bottles of Pinotage and receive a free wine glass (R10). Free take away coffee.
Cellar Door Promotion: 10% cellar door discount on all Pinotage wines purchased on the day.
Merwida – Rawsonville
Paint with Pinotage and stand a chance to win a case of Merwida Pinotage. Offer valid from 12-17 October 2017.
Wildekrans Wine Estate – Botrivier
Wildekrans will be celebrating Pinotage Day for the whole weekend with Pinotage tastings, promotions and a special Pinotage pairing menu.
Knorhoek – Stellenbosch
Knorhoek runs a cellar competition for October. Stand a chance to win a case of Two Cubs Pinotage 2015 (last year an #AbsaTop10Pinotage wine). Every Bottle of Pinotage purchased (at 10% discount) = one entry to the Lucky Draw.
A complimentary Pinotage & Canapé pairing at the Tasting Room on Pinotage Day.
Diemersfontein – Wellington
Pinotage and chocolate fountain parings.
Buy six bottles of Pinotage and get one free bottle of wine.
A variety of Pinotage dishes at Season’s Restaurant – including a free glass of Pinotage.
L’Avenir – Stellenbosch
Pink on Pinotage Day. Oysters and strawberries will be served with Pinotage Rosé and bubbly.
Special offer for all Pinotage and Master Blend wine lovers!
Get 10% off if you buy a case (six bottles) of Pinotage 2014 or Master Blend 2016 (Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec Blend) via the Online-Shop or at the winery.
Offer valid from 1-31 October 2017.
Avontuur Estate – Stellenbosch
Pop into the popular tasting room at Avontuur Estate on Saturday, 14 October and enjoy a free tasting of the Estate Pinotage 2014 to celebrate international Pinotage Day. Take home a two-pack of this wine for R200 (usual price is R236). Only valid on the 14th from 08h30-16h00 from the tasting room.
Rooiberg – Robertson
Order a Pinotage burger and receive a complimentary glass of Pinotage or Pinotage Rosé.
The Pinotage burger consists of your choice of beef or chicken, a double layer of cheese and onions caramelised in our own Pinotage, for only R85.
Free glass of Balance Pinotage with a meal. Pinotage Wine and Food pairings.
Special menu items for Pinotage Day. Delicious roosterkoeke with spicy salami filling, wholesome aromatic bobotie mini-cups, juicy boerewors, tasty biltong, Pinotage and more.
Backsberg Estate Cellars will be offering Pinotage lovers an array of options to whet the palate. There will be a vertical tasting of five Backsberg Pinotage wines at R25 per person and promotional deals on the maiden release Pinotage Rosé and well-known Pinotage. In addition, the Backsberg Restaurant will be dishing out the good stuff with a Pinotage inspired beef burger paired with a glass of either Pinotage or Pinotage Rosé for just R100 per person.
Slanghoek Wine Cellar
A 10% discount on their Pinotage wine, including Slanghoek Private Selection Pinotage 2016, Slanghoek Red Jerepiko 2016 and their Vinay Smooth Red Blend.
As an added bonus, visitors will be treated to some specially made Pinotage infused chocolate truffles when visiting the cellar
Arabella – Robertson
Buy two-get-one-free Pinotage Promotion: buy two bottles of Pinotage and get another free when you buy from the cellar. Only valid on Saturday 14 October.
Daschbosch – Rawsonville
20% Discount on the Palesa Pinotage.
The Java MTB & Trail Run – 14 October.
The MTB trails at Van Loveren Family Vineyards offer amazing views of the Breede River and the Robertson valley. Starting and ending at Van Loveren, the four trails vary in technicality and offer riders of all fitness levels a good workout.
Buy a case of Kaapzicht wine (six bottles) on 14 October and get one bottle of Pinotage Rosé for free. (only at tasting room)
For this weekend only try the Bobotie Spring rolls and get a glass of Pinotage for free.
Chef Thomas has prepared two delicious meals that will pair well with our Jakkalsvlei Pinotage Coffee Edition.
For more information, contact the Pinotage Association:
Twitter: @PinotageSA #PinotageDay