We know what Abraham Izak Perold did. He physically brushed a male Hermitage (Cinsaut) flower against a pollen donor Pinot Noir (also described as the Prince of French varietals) and voila, like Dr Frankenstein, he created a monster! Well, maybe not a monster, but certainly a mammoth! Every second Saturday in October, wine lovers celebrate South Africa’s national wine, Pinotage.
Wine enthusiasts all over the globe have embraced the celebration of South Africa’s internationally successful and unique grape varietal and this year’s Pinotage Day celebrations promise to be extraordinary, entertaining and with a more International presence.
Internationally special Pinotage tastings and events are hosted in Asia, Europe and the USA where there is a new excitement amongst wine lovers for Pinotage wine.
South Africa will be a buzz of activity of events and promotions as wine stakeholders have grabbed the opportunity to create numerous special offerings and campaigns. In the Western Cape , a Pinotage heritage festival , Pinotage FunRun and MTB race, as well as vertical tastings and exclusive pairing menus, have been created. In Gauteng, the Pinotage and Biltong festival in Centurion will treat guests to a uniquely South African celebration.
This year Pinotage Day will also be celebrated at Die Groot Plaasproe at Sandringham with a Pinotage & Biltong tasting presented in conjunction with the Wellington Wine Route.
Here is a list of some of the events and promotions
Pinotage & Biltong Festival
Pinotage and Biltong Festival will be celebrated in Centurion over the Pinotage Day weekend (13-14 October) at The Leriba Hotel. 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.
Pinotage Day at Die Groot Plaasproe
Pinotage Day will be celebrated at Die Groot Plaasproe at Sandringham with fantastic wine tastings. A Pinotage and Biltong tasting as well as a showcase tasting of wines from the Wellington Wine Valley will be presented on 13 Oct .
Avontuur Estate – Stellenbosch
Avontuur is presenting a “Pinotage Vertical Tasting Experience” as well as a weekend long cellar door “Buy- 5-get-1-Free” deal .
Buy 5 bottles of Pinotage and get 1 bottle of Pinotage 2017 for free.
Pinotage Day Festival at Beyerskloof:. Trip down Memory Lane – The Pinotage Road – from France to South Africa
Event Sold Out
Clos Malverne offer an unique “Ice-cream & Wine pairing” .
4 Pinotage wines are paired with 4 ice different creams (R86)
De Waal – Stellenbosch
Top of the Hill Fun Walk . It involves a hike through the vineyards, to the amazing Top of the Hill Pinotage vineyard, hosted by owner Pieter de Waal. After tasting this beautiful wine at this very old vineyard, the 2 km Walk is ended with a delicious cheese luncheon on our private outside Terrace
Deetlefs Wine Estate – Rawsonville
Deetlefs offer an informal tasting on Saturday 13 October (R80). Buy 5 and get 1 bottle of Pinotage for free.
Deetlefs Wine Estate is the only Wine Estate in the WORLD where you will taste 3 different colours of Pinotage!
Du Toitskloof Wines
Cellar Door Promotion and competition. Buy a special Pinotage & Pinotage Rosé
Two pack for R95 and stand a chance to win a case of both.
Grand Provence – Franschhoek
A special menu dedicated to Pinotage is created by acclaimed chef Guy Bennett.
Link – https://goo.gl/BA3xWj
For Pinotage Day, Kanonkop is offering a vertical tasting of the Kanonkop Estate Pinotage. The tasting will be in their art gallery, and no pre-booking required. Tasting fee is R50 per person, and that includes a tasting of their range of current wines. The Black Label Pinotage is also available for tasting at an additional fee of R100.
L’Avenir – Stellenbosch
Vertical Masterclass Tastings. Experience the extraordinary ageing potential of Pinotage with a masterclass tasting of the best L’Avenir Pinotage vintages of the past decade.
Landskroon – Paarl
Landskroon offer a 15% discount on their Pinotage and Blanc de Noir wines. Valid from cellar door and online (offer valid 8-13 Oct).
Lanzerac – #PinotageDay at Lanzerac
On 13 October 2018 Lanzerac celebrates Pinotage with unique Pinotage tastings, special food offerings and Pinotage promotions. Guests can look forward to enjoying an array of delicious food offerings beneath the leafy oak trees. Two private Pinotage tastings ( and a mystery tasting) will be hosted by Lanzerac Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan.
Link – https://goo.gl/VK4qv6
On all the Saturdays of October Leipzig offer a Pinotage and Waffle paring at their cellar door (R70)
Pinotage and Biltong pairing of three Meerendal Pinotages, including the Heritage Block Pinotage and an older vintage from 11:00 till 13:00 Price R80 pp. Special discount on Pinotage wines for the day.
Mellasat – Paarl
Vertical tasting of their White Pinotage, past, present and future paired with delicious traditional delicacies. R99 per person . Lunch option available on the day.
10% discount on all Pinotage cellar door purchases.
Celebrate International Pinotage day by participating in this 8km Jeep track off-road fun run. Wine tastings 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’.
Overhex cellar door promotion – 10 % discount on the Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinotage and Balance Classic Pinotage Shiraz for Pinotage Day on the 13th of October
Painted Wolf Wines – Paarl
Free tastings 11,12 & 13 October of their FIVE Pinotage wines, showing off Pinotage versatility. On Pinotage Day the tasting room will be open till 5 pm.
Enjoy a complimentary traditional “paptert” canape & Pinotage pairing at the Tasting Room. The “pap & sous” boerewors, homemade chakalaka with corn on the cob, perfectly paired with Rhebokskloof Pinotage, can be ordered at the Rhebok restaurant.
Riebeek Cellars will host a Pinotage and Boerewors special at the Riebeek Wine Shop in Plein Street, Riebeek Kasteel on 13 October 2018 Special offers on Riebeek Pinotage and Kasteelberg Pinotage.
Rooiberg – Robertson
In October Rooberg will offer special free Pinotage cellar door tasting and Pinotage orientated restaurant specials.
Opening older Pinotage Vintages for public tastings. Buy 5 get 1 free cellar door promotions on certain Simonsig Pinotage brands.
On Pinotage day – Buy 5 bottles of Stellenbosch Hills Bushvine Pinotage 2016 and get 1 bottle for free
Stellenbosch Vineyards offer a 15% discount on their Pinotage ranges on cellar door and online purchases – Offer valid on 13 Oct for Welmoed, Stellenbosch Vineyards and Credo ranges.
Swartland Winery offer a 10% cellar door discount on some of their Pinotage wines.
Van Loveren – Robertson
The Java MTB & Trail Run (13 Oct) 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.
Vriesenhof offer a 15% discount on all cellar door Pinotage purchases (Valid from 8-13 Oct 2018).
The annual Wellington Pinotage Dinner & Dance Event .Join Wellington Wines for a five-course long table dinner with Pinotage from the Vinoteque on Pinotage Day 6 October 2018.