Definition of hanepoot in English:



mass noun
  • 1A variety of muscat grape, Muscat d'Alexandrie, grown in South Africa.

    • ‘In grape season, fresh hanepoot grapes were used and Kaapsche jongens served.’
    • ‘During harvest time boxes of the golden large sweet hanepoot grapes are on sale at road edges, attracting wasps and purchasers in about equal quantity.’
    • ‘Hanepoot grapes are used for this distinct brandy and it has a distinct sweet hanepoot nose and raisin character.’
    • ‘Maack confides his dream is to make a hanepoot dessert wine, releasing it only once it has gained some maturity.’
    • ‘Varieties from all over the world were successfully grown, and Van Riebeeck himself developed the still much-loved hanepoot grape, with its honey-sweet distinctive flavour.’
    • ‘A jar of precious moskonfyt, the dark amber syrup made from hanepoot, captures time and craftsmanship.’
    1. 1.1 A sweet wine made from the hanepoot grape, unfortified for table use, and fortified as a muscatel dessert wine.


Afrikaans, from Dutch haan ‘cock’ + poot ‘foot’.