The Pinotage Grape - The uniquely South African varietal that keeps on giving!

The origin & story of Pinotage is uniquely South African! In many ways the development of Pinotage in 1925 by Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University Abraham Izak Perold, arose from a simple error. Designed with the intent of being a cross-bred varietal (not a hybrid) from Pinot Noir & Hermitage (Shiraz), to capture the finest qualities of both varietals; Pinotage was developed by accident as a cross between Pinot Noir & the lesser known Cinsault grape, which at