The red grape variety (also Perold's Hermitage x Pinot) is a new breed between Cinsault x Pinot Noir, The name derives from Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Hermitage is a historical synonym for Cinsaut in South Africa). The crossing took place in 1924 by Professor Abraham Isak Perold (1880-1941) at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, The long unobserved vines were then saved from oblivion by a certain Charlie Niehaus and sent to the nursery Passed on to Charles Theron. Here they were grafted in 1935 successfully on virus-free documents. For the first time, wine was only won in 1941. Only in 1961 was the winery Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery the name Pinotage used, which then prevailed.
The early to mid-season, high yielding vine is moderately prone to both mildews. Botrytis and viral diseases, It produces purple, fruity, extract rich reds with soft tannins and aromas of red fruits and plums. grown on 6,240 hectares. Here she will gladly be the basis for the Cape Blends used. In 1995 was the Kanonkop Estate The "Pinotage Association" founded with annual competition. There are more stocks in Australia. Brazil (75 ha), Israel. Canada. New Zealand (74 ha) and Zimbabwe, as well as in the US states California (21 ha), Oregon and Washington, The variety occupied in 2010 a total of 6,404 hectares of vineyards. It occupies it in the worldwide varieties ranking the rank 97.
Photos: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
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