Parentage of the grape: Pinot Noir, Cinsault

History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the Pinotage hybrid by crossing the French varietals Pinot Noir and Cinsault (locally known as “Hermitage”). His attempt at creating a signature grape for the country of South Africa succeeded. The grape grows and ripens easily in the country’s soils, due mostly to the robust Cinsault genes it carries. The flavor of wines made with the grapes can take some getting used to, however. While the Pinot Noir lends some gracious fruit qualities to the mix, Cinsault, which is mostly a blending grape back home in France, gives it a more rustic structure that tends to dominate. 
The early history of Pinotage was precarious at best. While it was embraced as a South African grape and widely planted and produced by the 1960s, many countries were wary to do business with South Africa due to its ongoing Apartheid practices. A Read more »

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      Robertson is a wine region within the Breede River Valley in South Africa, centered around...

  • Stellenbosch

      Stellenbosch is located within the Coastal Region in South Africa’s Western Cape province....

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  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

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  • Pinotage Ashwood 2012


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  • Nederburg Pinotage Winemaster's Reserve 2010


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  • Van Loveren Pinotage Robertson Wo 2005


    Heerlijke wijn.Die koffie afdronk heel speciaal. Ze hebben ze deze maand in de aanbieding bij Once a Grape [] 5,85.Drinkt ie nog lekkerder..... Read More

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  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I ... African wine, and it was a Pinotage from Neil Ellis.  I agree.  Very easy to drink.Yes, I do drink a lot of red wine.  And I go for the big mouth-filling tannic reds that don't seem to be as popular, these days.  Yippee, more for me. "What kind of wines is California... Read More

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  • Hi Mark!Yes of course, it's a fair swap I would say ;-)Previously I was an ... red wine? A must try is a Pinotage as the grape is exclusively grown in South Africa, it's usually an easy drinking red wine with the smoothness of a merlot but with slightly more spicyness and depth. My favorite is Beyerskloor Pinotage, with Kanonkop a close 2nd. T... Read More

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  • I am from South Africa and became very familiar with the wines. Now I have to start all over with learning about wines from the Americas. Excited! Read More

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