Wellington Wines will be celebrating International Pinotage Day with a fun-filled Pinotage Celebration on Saturday, October 8, to honour South Africa’s only indigenous grape varietal. The day promises lots of activities for young and old at the Bovlei tasting venue in Bainskloof Road, Wellington, from 8am to 2pm.
The festivities will kick off with a humorous Pinotage Pilates session, during which standard Pilates equipment will be replaced with a wine bottle and tasting glass, which participants can take home afterwards. The first session is from 8am until 9am with more scheduled during the rest of the day.
Pinotage food and wine pairings will be presented in the tasting venue and wine lovers can indulge in prime Pinotage wines and blends with perfect pairing partners such as biltong, boereworsfrikadelle and chocolate brownies. Special tasting sessions will also be held throughout the day. Wellington Wines will offer visitors a special 10% discount on any Pinotage sales and encourage consumers to donate these savings to the Pink Drive in aid of breast cancer awareness.
The Pinotage produce market is the ideal spot for some shopping with delicious Pinotage inspired products, including jams, chutneys, relishes as well as other local products. Wellington rock band The Inside Job will provide entertainment to ensure a festive atmosphere. Visitors can bring their own picnic baskets and enjoy the day with Wellington Wines. (Tickets for the Pinotage Celebration are available at R150 per person at www.quicket.co.za.)
The day will end on a stylish note with the Pinotage long table at 7pm in the evening. The formal gala dinner includes a sumptuous three-course menu paired with suitable wines. On arrival, guests can enjoy a glass of La Cave Pinot Noir MCC with mini bruschettas with roasted tomatoes, green pesto and a Pinotage reduction. For starters, bobotie spring rolls with Pinotage chutney will be served with the 2015 Pinotage from the W Range. The main course will feature slow-roasted lamb shanks on creamy cauliflower mash with a Pinotage sauce and vegetables and the 2014 Pinotage from the acclaimed La Cave range, recent winner in both the Terroir and Quest for the Best competitions.
The sweet finale will be a decadent dark chocolate tart with poached Pinotage pear quarters served with the unique 2013 La Cave Cape Blend, a gold medal winner at the 2015 ABSA Pinotage Challenge, double silver winner of the National Wine Challenge, double gold winner in the Vitus Vinifera Competition and part of the top 10 wines in the 2015 Quest for the Best awards.
Tickets to the long table are R450 per person. For reservations, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wellington Wines range was previously not available in South Africa, but will be on the shelves of local retailers shortly, while the flagship La Cave range will be released in select restaurants soon.
For more information, visit www.wellingtonwines.com.