The lush lawns of The Vineyard Hotel will once again play host to the 2019 edition of the Pinot Noir Festival, a celebration of one of the world’s most valued varietals.
Known as South Africa’s Queen of Wines, pinot noir is enjoyed for its rich aromas and delicate flavours. The grape that produces it requires very specific conditions to thrive, making it somewhat of a challenge to cultivate, compared to other varieties. This, of course, only enhances its prestige.
Pinot Noir Festival 2019
Since the area where pinot noir is grown reflects so strongly in its flavour, guests will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of regions and flavours from Walker Bay on the Cape’s Whale Coast to the vales of Ceres and the lush winelands of Stellenbosch. The 20 participating wineries include Paul Cluver, Newton Johnson and De Grendel, Thelema, Klein Constantia and Creation Wines, among others.
The Vineyard’s lush gardens will be lined with tables stocked with an array of wines, which guests can sample at their leisure. The wine-makers will be on-hand to provide anecdotes and interesting information about the available vintages, with live music enhancing the atmosphere.
So be sure to head to leafy Newlands to experience the beautiful complexity of pinot noir for yourself (canapés will also be on offer).
Fun fact In the 2004 Oscar-nominated film Sideways, central character Miles Raymond (played by Paul Giamatti) is a wine enthusiast who abhors merlot and loves pinot noir, describing its flavours as “the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet”. In what has since been dubbed “the Sideways effect”, merlot sales reportedly decreased by 2% following the release of the film, while pinot noir sales increased 16%, eventually becoming the second-most-cultivated varietal in California’s wine country.