If you always thought Pinotage is only used to make serious red wines, don’t miss out on the first Pinotage and Biltong Festival in Gauteng which takes place on national Pinotage day, Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October at the Leriba Hotel in Centurion from 11am to 5 pm daily.
“This is the one festival dedicated to the Pinotage varietal in all its diversity,” says organiser Cobie van Oort of CVO Marketing. “You will be blown away by some of SA’s best red Pinotages, but you can also have lots of fun with alternatives including rosés, bubblies, blends, dessert wines and even a white Pinotage!”
As if you needed any more of a reason to go, we've put together 6 reasons why you can't miss this year’s Pilotage & Biltong Festival:
1. Biltong and Pinotage Pairing
With two of SA’s iconic products on show, visitors can be sure of a fantastic day of around 60 great wines paired with a range of biltong flavours and types from Billa’B & Co – Biltong Deli as well as related items like droëwors.
2. Purchase Directly
Billa’B & Co Biltong and all the wines are for sale and festival goers are invited to purchase directly from the wineries themselves.
3. Try Different Pinotages from 18 Wine Farms
The participating wineries are: Altydgedacht, Beyerskloof, Delheim, Flagstone, Kaapzicht, Koelenhof, La Couronne, Lanzerac, L’Avenir, Mellasat, Overhex/Balance wines, Perdeberg, Rhebokskloof, Slanghoek, Simonsvlei, Van Loveren, Vriesenhof and Wellington Wines.
4. Family Friendly Fun
The event is family-friendly with live jazz by the Swing Cats Duo, meals in one of the restaurants on site or at the River Lapa complex, and casual seating under the trees next to the river.
5. You Can Give Back
The Pebbles Project, a registered charity organisation supported by Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts, is responsible for the Kidz Zone where kids will be entertained whilst their parents enjoy the day. A donation of R75 per child is requested which will go towards Pebbles’ projects. To find out more visit www.pebblesproject.co.za
6. And the Award for Best Dressed Goes To…
The dress code is purple and white and prizes will be given for the best, cutest and most fun outfits! Visit the SelfiePro stand to get your pic taken and share it on social media to enter.
When: 14 - 15 October from 11 to 5 pm daily.
Where: Leriba Hotel, Centurion
Cost: R220 pp online and R250 at the gate. includes a branded wine glass for tastings and a Pinotage and Biltong Pairing card
Tickets: www.plankton.mobi or www.computicket.com
The Pinotage and Biltong Festival is committed to the responsible consumption of alcohol and alcohol will not be served to under 18’s. The use of public transport is recommended.