• 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 5pm daily.

    “This is the one festival dedicated to the Pinotage varietal in all its diversity,”  says organisor 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 rosé’s, bubblies, blends, dessert wines and even a white Pinotage!”

    With two of our country’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.  Billa’B & Co Biltong and all the wines are for sale and festival goers are invited to purchase directly from the wineries themselves.

    Pinotage and Biltong Festival participating wineries

    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.

    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.

    The Pebbles Project

    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 .  Under 18’s enter free.

    Tickets @ R220 pp online from www.plankton.mobi or www.computicket.com  includes a branded wine glass for tastings and a Pinotage and Biltong Pairing card. Tickets at the gate are R250 pp.

    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.

    For more information visit www.cvomarketing.co.za or link up with the Pinotage and Biltong Festival social media pages.

    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.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com