09 March 2008

Where is this Pinotage Vineyard?


Here's a two year old Pinotage vineyard in a location that might surprise you. The high-flying owner owns a winery in South Africa, but the picture wasn't taken there. Can you guess where in this world it is?




16 comments:

  1. no idea who you are referring to, but as a total and complete guess, and only because I think I heard it mentioned recently, is it New Zealand?

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  2. The Karoo?

    Tee hee.

    OK, voted.

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  3. Good guesses, but not close.

    The Karoo is in South Africa, and this vineyard is definitely not in SA.

    New Zealand is a good guess -- there are a lot of Pinotage vineyards in NZ, but this one is not in NZ

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  4. Spain is mye guess..

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  5. Spain is a great guess. I was contacted some time ago by a Spanish winery that wanted to know where they could buy Pinotage vines to plant and I put them in touch with a nursery. But they were not allowed to plant Pinotage because it wasn't approved in their DOC area.

    AFAIK there are no Pinotage plantings in Spain.

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  6. Is it Lake Breeze winery in British Columbia?

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  7. Um, Canada...

    Good guess, Richard. There are two Pinotage commercial vineyards in British Columbia and one vineyard in Ontario (see http://www.pinotage.org/2006/10/ontarios-first-pinotage-vintage-this.html ) , but this vineyard isn't in Canada

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  8. Let me try another guess. Lovingston Winery in Virginia?

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  9. Lovingston is a good guess, Richard: It is one of three Pinotage wineries in Virginia and since they've all been featured in this blog it wouldn't be too much of a surprise. This vineyard is in a place never mentioned anywhere AFAIK in connection with Pinotage

    Cru -- there were persistent rumours of Pinotage in Germany but I never could find any. AFAIK there is no Pinotage in Germany.

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  10. My guess would be Chech Republic...

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  11. Hi Liberty

    I've been to the Czech Republic a few times recently and they have some interesting grapes there....

    But they don't have any Pinotage and this photo was not taken anywhere near there.

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  12. Hi Peter,

    Looking at the soil - is it Israel?

    Good competition! Am dying to know the answer!

    Cheers

    Nick

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  13. south of France (Languedoc/Roussillon) maybe ?

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  14. Nick

    Good guess in Israel -- there are two commercial wineries growing and making Pinotage in Israel, but since their wines have already been featured here, the guess is not correct.

    g74 - thats a canny guess. There are quite a few South African winemakers who have bought vineyards in Southern France, but I think they were excited by the ancient Grenache, Carignan and Syrah vines there, and AFAIK none of them have thought of planting Pinotage there

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