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Engage in an authentic Pinotage experience at De Waal Wines

8 October 2018  -  De Waal Wines

Saturday 13 October, International Pinotage Day...

Pinotage, the South African grape variety, is almost 100 years old.  Pinotage was born in 1925, when Professor Abraham Perold cross-pollinated Pinot Noir and Cinsault in Stellenbosch.  Sixteen years later, a humble winemaker from the De Waal family, Charl Theron de Waal, produced the first Pinotage wine in South Africa.  CT de Waal made a barrel of this local grape variety, on request of Professor Perold, in 1941.  The potential and interest into this new local grape variety led to the idea of experimenting and the planting of Pinotage bush vines on this farm.  In 1950 Danie and Coffee de Waal planted one hectare of Pinotage, just above the Shiraz vineyards on the highest point of the farm.  Today the Top of the Hill vineyard is 68 years old and is the oldest Pinotage vineyard in the world!

We invite you to join our Top of the Hill Vineyard Walk on International Pinotage Day.  Hosted by owner Pieter de Waal, he will share many intriguing stories of the nine generations of De Waal wine makers in South Africa and their relationship to the history of wine in this country.

The walk is ended off with a wine tasting of the other wines in the range and a cheese luncheon on the Terrace. The quality of wines produced at De Waal Wines will be highlighted here. The amazing selection of cheeses on Janine de Waal's beautifully presented cheese board completes this fantastic experience at De Waal Wines.

Cost is R245 per person.  Limited spaces are available, so please book to avoid disappointment.

To add to the festivities on Pinotage Day, we will launch a lovely Pinotage two-pack gift hamper, at a special price from the farm.  This gift set will showcase two different styles of De Waal Pinotage wines.  The regular Pinotage is produced from a selection of younger vineyards, and the second Pinotage is the highly-rated Top of the Hill Pinotage, produced from a 68 year old vineyard.  Both wines are from the brilliant 2015 vintage.

Three different Pinotage wines will be open for tastings at the farm, throughout the day, from 10h00 until 16h30.

Guests will receive a 10% discount when buying a case of Pinotage wine (6 bottles).

For bookings or more information, please contact Helga on at +27.218813711.