Rosé wine is one of the fastest growing categories in the wine world. Between 2007 and 2014, rosé wine sales in South Africa trebled. The Rosé Rocks competition started 3 years ago, and last year our 2016 Den Pinotage Rosé was in the Top 11 of the competition.

The Pinotage Association runs two competitions each year for the advancement and promotion of the pinotage grape, South Africa’s signature red grape. We have been winners in both of them.

In 2012, Guillermo Swartland Pinotage 2009 (arguably one of our most acclaimed wines) was a winner in the ABSA Perold Top 10 Pinotage Competition. Then two years later, we were thrilled to have our Peloton Rouge 2011 make it to the Top 5  in the Perold ABSA Cape Blend Top 10 competition.

2014: Top 5 winners in the Absa Perold Top 10 Cape Blends Competition


This year the Pinotage Association acknowledged the popularity of pink wines, and opened up a new competition allowing wine makers to submit a Pinotage Rosé wine for judging.

The Den Pinotage Rosé is a top dog and we gain a hat trick.

If you follow us on social media, you would have seen that our Den Pinotage Rosé 2017 was in the Top 3 wines chosen by the judges, which made us all pink with pleasure.

It also makes us the first wine producer to have won all three competitions run by the Pinotage Association.

The awards lunch was held on October 4th 2017 at the Overture Restaurant at Hidden Valley Wines in Stellenbosch. Here are a few photos from the event, courtesy the Pinotage Association.


Jeremy and Emma enjoying the lunch – the food was amazing!


Wine makers of the winning three wines at the inaugural Pinotage Rosé Competition: Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage Rosé 2017; Rooiberg Pinotage Rosé 2017; Riebeek Cellars Pinotage Rosé 2017;


Jeremy and Emma soaking up some wisdom from the legendary Dave Hughes


Emma chats to Corlea Fourie, winemaker at Bosman Family Wines (top 10 pinotage, Erfenis 2014)

To see everyone who attended the event as well as shots of the fantastic food, have a look at the Pinotage association’s facebook album here


International Pinotage Day

Saturday October 14th is International Pinotage Day and if you like you can celebrate with some younger versions of our previous award winners or this year’s champ:

Let us know which pinotage you will be tasting on Saturday by posting a photo on social media using #pinotageday!