International Pinotage Day is the perfect reason to explore the top wineries from the Paardeberg countryside for the #PaardebergCountry Pinotage Festival on Saturday 12 October.

The wineries, scattered around the foothills of the landmark Paardeberg that separates the Paarl and Swartland wine regions, will come together at Vondeling to celebrate International Pinotage Day, showcasing the diversity of the South African signature grape.

The #PaardebergCountry Pinotage Festival will also feature live music all day by four-piece band Cherry Vinyl while food trucks, coffee, biltong and cupcake vendors will keep the hunger pangs at bay.

“This is a great opportunity for wine lovers to experience different styles of Pinotage, and to compare those stretching from Voor-Paardeberg to the Swartland. You’ll also get to see that Pinotage has many other faces too,” said Vondeling co-owner Julian Johnsen, who produces his Rurale Blanc de Noir MCC from 100% Pinotage.

Each of the wineries will showcase their own styles of Pinotage, along with other wines in their ranges, with Johnsen and Vondeling winemaker Matthew Copeland presenting their pale pink bubbly Rurale and the 2016 Bowwood Pinotage fresh from its recent award as a 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage. The participating Paardeberg Country wineries are Ayama, Doran Vineyards, Dragonridge, Lammershoek, Perdeberg Cellars, Scali, hosts Vondeling Wines and Wightman & Sons.

Die Worsrol food truck by The Goose Roasters will offer gourmet hotdogs, tempura fish and chips, Asian burgers and vegetarian options, while popular Italian restaurant Piccolo Posticino will serve up a variety of pizzas from their Tuk-Tuk truck. Biltong & Deli @Eden will be there too with their variety of biltong and droëwors products, Afrikano Coffee Company will serve coffee cones and other coffee products while Cup & Cake will satisfy the sweet tooth with cupcakes and koeksisters.

“Bring your picnic blankets and boules sets and enjoy our wine, food and a game of boules on the lawns,” says Johnsen. Visitors will also be able to buy beautiful proteas farmed in the Paarl region.

The Sunflower Fund will be selling their topes and bands of hope and providing information on their work in fighting life-threatening blood diseases like leukaemia. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential stem cell donors and maintains a registry of potential donors willing to help those in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. Funds raised go towards education, awareness campaigns and assisting patients and donors in the transplant process.

The Paardeberg Country Pinotage Festival takes place from 11:00-17:00 at Vondeling Wines, Voor-Paardeberg Road, Paarl, on Saturday, 12 October. Tickets at R150 from Quicket include a tasting glass, tasting of all wines on show and live music. No BYO food or drinks allowed. Children under 18 enter free of charge.

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