Pinotage Day promises loads of fun

Pilates enthusiast Lucy Rossouw, front, with Xania van der Merwe of Wellington Wines and chef Heidi Arhens get into the mood for International Pinotage Day.

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 kick off with a hilarious pinotage pilates session during which standard pilates equipment will be replaced with a wine bottle and tasting glass, which participants can take home afterwards.

Pinotage food and wine pairings will be presented in the tasting venue, with biltong, boereworsfrikadelle and chocolate brownies, and 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 produce market will have pnotage-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, and visitors can take their own picnic baskets.

Tickets are available at R150 at

The day will end with the pinotage long table at 7pm, and a three-course gala dinner. Tickets to the long table are R450.

For reservations, email