Pinotage: South Africa's Grape Varietal As explained by our friends at Wine Access, Pinotage is a recent addition to the wine world, having been created in South Africa in 1925, by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I Perold. Perold crossed the Pinot Noir and Cinsaut grapes with the aim of acquiring the best qualities of both parents: classic Pinot Noir flavors with a bountiful crop from sturdy, disease resistant vines. Pinotage is a versatile and food-friendly wine. If you haven't had the opportunity to explore food pairings at one of our specialty South African wine dinners and menus at Michael's On East, we suggest pairing Pinotage with robust Mediterranean dishes, Cape Malay-spiced lamb chops, blackened fish, charcuterie, or even foods with plenty of spice such as curry dishes.Michael's Wine Cellar's own Robin Schwartz first came across Pinotage while living in New Zealand years ago. (Kiwis love their South African wines when not drinking wines from their native country!) Robin participated in a full-day wine trip while she was vacationing in South Africa, stopping by and loving the wines from Fairview Vineyards. In fact, she bought a few bottles of the Fairview Vineyards Pinotage to take home with back then. Luckily for Robin, today we carry the wines from Fairview Vineyards in the store at Michael's Wine Cellar, which are also available for purchase online. We hope you'll stop in the retail shop or try ordering a bottle of the Fairview Vineyards Pinotage from our online wine shop today. Interestingly, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is known as the home to the first bottled Pinotage. Steeped in a history dating back to 1692, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the majestic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch in South Africa. If you are ready to try South Africa's original grape varietal IN South Africa, please join us in the summer of 2017 for the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club's "A Taste of Africa" trip escorted by Michael and Terri Klauber of Michael's On East and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International.) The Lanzerac Wine Estate is just one of numerous winery experiences available during this exclusive food and wine-focused and luxury safari journey.