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

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

  • Simonsberg-stellenbosch

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      The Paarl wine region is located in the Coastal Region of South Africa’s Western Cape. The...

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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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  • Lovingston Winery Pinotage 2011


    Richly earthy nose with notes of cherries. The silky tannins drink more like a ... a traditional South African Pinotage, but in a region that sees very little Pinot Noir, this is a welcome addition to my wine rac Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • While traveling through Napa Valley last month I noticed that all the Vineyards I visited had roses planted around their crops. They're planted and watched closely for any early signs of infestation on the land. They monitor the Roses closely and upon early signs of problems, protective measures are taken to make sure the grape vines receive a s... Read More

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  • Môreson Pinotage 2008


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  • Bob's Pinotage 2011


    Plenty sour at first - it definitely tastes young. I proably would have skipped it but a wine clerk told me that once a wine is on its shelves, it is ready to be drunk. Citrus tartness, lightly smoked tannins, a little grape juice, and a couple of orange blossoms. Pretty well put together. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • Loma Prieta Winery Karma Vineyard Lodi Pinotage 2010


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  • Neil Ellis Pinotage Stellenbosch 2009


    Quite purple color. Not the prettiest nose--earthy, "leafy." Interesting on the palate. It's not terribly fruity--maybe a tad of cherry flavor--but there is a very "sweet" sensation around the edges of the tongue. No tannin to speak of at all. Smooth, very brief finish--a touch of bitterness, but that is gone in a millisecond. An easy wine... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Wamakersvallei Winery Pinotage Wellington Phambili 2005


    A great value Pinotage from South Africa.Rich coffee / mocha tones and a lingering finish that punches well above its price point. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Mooiplaas Wine Estate the Bean Pinotage Case Of 2011


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    Wine review by Sandy71

  • Barista Coffee Pinotage 2011


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    Wine review by Sandy71

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