It’s well known that South Africa is a world beater when it comes to wine production; what is perhaps not as well known is the origin of the Pinotage grape, popular with connoisseurs of wine everywhere.
First of all let me introduce myself, I am Gerhard Perold, the great grandson of Abraham Izak Perold, a South African chemist and viticulturist who was responsible for developing the Pinotage grape hybrid by crossing the French varietals Pinot Noir with Cinsault. (This was apart from the other 177 grape varieties he introduced into South Africa!). Abraham, who originally studied mathematics, physics and chemistry, then went on to gain his Ph.D in chemistry. On his return to South Africa from Germany and France, he eventually became the very first Professor of Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch.
Time has seen the popularity of Pinotage rise and fall, but despite the flaws of the grape often pointed out by its critics; Pinotage has more than come into its own ever since the wind of political change in South Africa and the end of apartheid saw the opening up of the world wine markets, with Pinotage often commanding higher prices than any other South African grape.
Pinotage is now grown widely throughout the South African wine regions and it plays an important role in our wine industry, being the second most planted variety of red grape.
Today all ‘Cape blends’ of wine from deep coloured fruity wines, easy drinking ‘quaffing’ wine, rosé, barrel-aged (intended for cellaring) as well as fortified ‘port’ style and even a red sparkling wine, are now all made up of a required 30 – 70% Pinotage component
Perhaps reading a little about the history of this remarkable grape and the man who made it all possible, will give you an idea of why we at Perold Wine Cellar are so passionate about our South African wines.
I have taken my obsession with Perold’s work and made it my own life’s goal to bring not only the Pinotage but also the best of South African wines to the UK and to the world.
I was fortunate enough to be invited as an honorable guest to the first ever UK Pinotage plantings in 2018. Benguela Cove Estate’s owner, Penny Streeter and her team did an amazing job making that day one of my highlights in my life and will stay close that UK Pinotage in the making. Planting my own Pinotage plant going the full circle with a name tag, Prof Perold.
At our shop you just not come to by a bottle of wine but can actually taste 4 wines on tasting during opening hours. Making you feel like visiting a vineyard in south Africa, giving our customers an experience that will make them remember us. Excellent product knowledge and fantastic customer service help us reach out that extra mile.
We now stock over 100 South African Wines & Spirits slowly building towards the go to place for South African wines and spirits in the UK. But we don’t stop there, we also supply the on/off trade from our base in Somerset building long lasting relationships.
At Peroldwinecellar we offer a variety of services that includes, Wine Tastings, Events, Markets & Shows, Wedding services and more. Our tasting room becomes a wine bar over weekends where customers can come and enjoy a good glass of wine, gin or even a cocktail.
Our wine club; where members get many benefits, Club including 6 to 12 bottles of our best wines on a seasonal basis. Our Wine tastings, that great social adventure allowing participants to enjoy a variety of wines on offer as well as gaining more in-depth knowledge of each blend.
Why not visit our Shop page and learn more about our wines and savour the flavour of the many varieties on offer: