Oh Grape Wine Blog — South Africa
Pining for Pinotage?
Grape Varieties Pinotage South Africa
South Africa’s signature grape, Pinotage, is a black grape variety that produces intense, smokey and deep coloured red wines. Think open fire in a wood panelled study. The variety was created by Professor Abraham Izak Perold in 1925 by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault (a grape variety from Rhône in Southern France) to suit South Africa’s hot climate.Pinotage is grown across all of the wine growing regions in South Africa , totalling about 7% of all plantings. It is used to make single variety wines but it is also often added to ‘Cape Blends’ with with Bordeaux grape varieties.Pinotage wines...