A comprehensive new booklet on South Africa’s most famous indigenous variety, Pinotage, offers wine enthusiasts a look into the many facets of the grape that is internationally labelled a vinous treasure. South Africa’s Pinotage Wine Guide – 1995-2011, published by the Pinotage Association and its headline sponsor Absa, offers a succinct insight into Pinotage’s unique history, the special treatment the grape requires in the vineyard and the cellar, as well as a guide to the top Pinotage producers with all relevant maps and contact details.
Other sections include ideal Pinotage and food pairings, as well as insight into South Africa’s top achievers in the annual Absa Top 10 Competition which since its inception in 1997 has played a major role in improving the standard of Pinotage and generating interest for the variety among wine makers, marketers and the general wine consumer.
Beyers Truter, chairman of the Pinotage Association, says South Africa’s Pinotage Guide is part of the Pinotage Association’s on-going commitment to promoting the uniqueness of Pinotage to various audiences and also slaking the thirst for wine knowledge among consumers and tourists as well as new and established wine enthusiasts.
“With the founding of the Pinotage Association in 1995 tremendous inroads have been made in positioning Pinotage as a grape that does not only make a wonderful diversity of wines, but also as a grape with a personality of its own and a unique story,” says Truter.
“Together with Absa – the Pinotage Association’s headline sponsor since 1997 – the Association has managed to capture the imagination of the wine world by communicating and promoting this story. This new guide is another chapter in the Pinotage story and offers the Pinotage Association the opportunity of showcasing the exciting and varied aspects of our grape and our wine in a short, succinct and handy publication which we are proud to share with consumers and all interested parties.”