21 June 2018

UK Plants Pinotage

Planting of the UK's first Pinotage will start today 21 June 2018 at  Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens.

Construction of the current Italianite style Leonardslee House (above) commenced in1853. Its 200 acres of gardens are listed Grade I in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

The property is owned by British entrepreneur Penny Streeter who also owns Mannings Heath Golf Club and Vineyard in England and Benguela Estate in Bot River, South Africa.

The new 1 hectare Pinotage vineyard brings the total of vines under cultivation to 66,000 over 16 hectares at the two sites in Sussex.

South African winemaker Johann Fourie, who was Chief Winemaker at KWV, plans to produce 50,000 bottles of sparkling wine annually  from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier - and now Pinotage.


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