International Pinotage Day 2018, dedicated to South Africa’s own unique grape varietal, is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in October will be celebrated at the home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage – Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

International Pinotage Day 2018

In 1925, Professor Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, successfully crossed two grape varietals – Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) – to create the country’s first indigenous wine grape variety, Pinotage. Some years later, Lanzerac Wine Estate became the first winery in the world to use the word ‘Pinotage’ on the label of its 1959 vintage.

This year, on 13 October 2018, Lanzerac Wine Estate invites Pinotage lovers to spend the day exploring this proudly South African varietal through the Estate’s three Pinotage wines, whilst enjoying the relaxing atmosphere in the estate’s tasting room and deli courtyard.

International Pinotage Day 2018 treats

Guests can look forward to enjoying an array of delicious food offerings beneath the leafy oak trees, including Pinotage-glazed lamb burgers, smoked Pinotage BBQ beef tacos, Pinotage-cured biltong from the Lanzerac biltong counter, fresh oysters that pair beautifully with the Lanzerac Premium Pinotage Rosé as well as a variety of freshly baked cakes and desserts. Chef Stephen Fraser’s Pinotage meat platters are the perfect option for those wishing to share, boasting a myriad of delicious meats, including fired lamb tails, pork ribs, slow cooked brisket and boerewors bites with Pinotage BBQ sauce and apricot aioli. Cheese burgers and mini boerewors rolls are available for children.

International Pinotage Day 2018

The wine station set up in the courtyard will ensure that guests are able to savour their favourite Lanzerac wine, whilst enjoying live music from the dynamic musical duo, Acoustic Element.

For the ultimate wine experience, two private Pinotage tastings will be hosted by Lanzerac Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan, showcasing the many flavours that complement the unique characteristics of a Pinotage wine. These tastings will take place from 9.30 to 10.30am and 12.30 to 1.30pm at R150 per person per tasting session and will consist of a maximum of 15 guests per session.

The Lanzerac Secret Tasting, also hosted by Cellar Master Wynand Lategan, invites guests to a mystery tasting that is sure to delight those with a more discerning palate. Details of this exclusive tasting will be shared with the participants the day before. The Lanzerac Secret Tasting will take place between 11am and 12 noon at R200 per person.

What: International Pinotage Day 2018

Where and when: Lanzerac Wine Estate, Stellenbosch on 13 October 2018

Book: For tastings with Eske Cilliers on or +27 021 886 5641

Specials: To ensure each visitor has a glass to toast to Pinotage Day, the Lanzerac Tasting Room will be offering a 20% discount on all Lanzerac Pinotage wines from Friday, 12 October o Sunday, 14 October 2018 including the 2017 Premium Pinotage Rosé, 2015 Premium Pinotage, the KV PROF 2016 and the Estate’s flagship wine, the 2016 Pionier Pinotage. Visitors will also receive a 10% discount on all other Lanzerac wines over the Pinotage Day weekend.