Pinotage is a red wine grape that is unique to the South African Wine Industry. The story of Pinotage starts with its creator, Prof. Abraham Izak Perold. Perold’s academic achievements paved the way for the creation of Pinotage in 1925. The professor successfully crossed Pinot noir and Cinsaut, which was then known as Hermitage, hence the name Pino – tage. While Pinotage is also grown in Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, United States and Israel, to name just a few, its birthplace remains South Africa.
The Pinotage tale is one worth well telling and should always end where it is enjoyed with friends, food or maybe even somewhere alone with a bottle of Pinotage as your company. Pinotage has health benefits when consumed in moderation is a bonus. Numerous studies have shown that the moderate consumption of red wine could be beneficial to your health. This is because red wine contains high concentrations of resveratrol, an antioxidant that shows abilities to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
The Pinotage Experience tour takes you through the premier wine-producing region of Stellenbosch and Franschoek. As well as fantastic wines, you can expect scenery that will take your breath away, lush green valleys, rugged mountains and historical buildings. You will enjoy a cellar tour, wine tastings at three top wine estates that offer great quality of Pinotage Wines as well as to learn more about the grape varietal itself. Enjoy walks in the historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschoek that will take you back to history with the aim to acquit yourself with the arrival of different European cultures that have since integrated with locals making South Africa a country diverse and unique, priding itself in the art of winemaking.
Places of Interest
Lanzerac is steeped in spellbinding history, having been established in 1692 – a mere 13 years after Stellenbosch itself and is the third oldest farm in the area. The first owner was Isaac Schrijver who planted the very first vineyards and, unsurprisingly, named the farm Schoongezicht, meaning wonderful view.
In the early 1800’s the first cellar was erected and subsequently complemented by the iconic Manor House, which exhibits an unusually high level of sophistication for Cape Dutch architecture of the period with its main gable dating back to 1830.
Steeped in history dating back to 1692, Lanzerac Wine Estate is a historic landmark and Stellenbosch icon. The grande dame is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Positioned in the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley on the outskirts of the historical town of Stellenbosch, the Estate boasts views of dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of gardens shaded by giant Oak trees.
The beautiful little town of Stellenbosch, roughly an hour from Cape Town, lies surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains in the Jonkershoek River Valley in one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape.
The second oldest town in South Africa has fondly been called ‘Eikestad’ or city of oaks and its streets are lined with some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Dorp Street is a national monument and taking the time to walk around this cosy old part of Stellenbosch, with its secluded lanes, water furrows, cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee bistros, with superb views of mountain, vineyards and orchards, is an idyllic morning venture.
One of South Africa’s top red wine cellars, the Stellenbosch producer is unrivalled as a Pinotage specialist. With 150ha of vineyards based in the premium wine district of Stellenbosch, Beyerskloof ensures the growth of their quality-driven, oak matured, hand-pressed premium range of wines.
The French corner of the Cape, Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes’ from Cape Town and within half an hour of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Somerset West wine routes. This traditionally French town is the food and wine capital of the country and one would be hard pressed to dispute the claim.
Eight of the top 100 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, there are 30 wine cellars and over 28 restaurants from which to choose for your gastronomic experience.
Franschhoek Cellar, a beautiful asset to the Franschhoek wine route, combines the charms of leisurely country life with the elegance of a world-class venue. Enjoy wine tastings paired with Belgian chocolate or handmade cheese. Dine on alfresco style lunches in our fabulous garden, or sip on an artisanal beer in our bistro & beer garden. Franschhoek Cellar has a special selection of unique event venues within the space to ensure we host your most memorable occasion.