Definition of pinotage in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A variety of red wine grape grown in South Africa, produced by crossing Pinot Noir and other varieties.

    • ‘It soon came to life bursting with all the spicy warm flavours of pinotage.’
    • ‘More than a few wine-producing regions have a grape they like to call their own: South Africans pine for pinotage, Aussies are smitten with Shiraz; and Californians are zany for Zinfandel.’
    • ‘All worthy wines, for sure, but it is in their left-field selections for the vineyard - Syrah and pinotage - that Muddy Water's proprietors have revealed their artistry.’
    • ‘Another goal was to upgrade the quality of the rustic indigenous pinotage and plant more Cabernet and Merlot.’
    1. 1.1Red wine made from the pinotage grape.
      • ‘South Africa's great gift to the wine world is pinotage.’
      • ‘Merrill added that he thought pinotage should be made a national hero while Spurrier agreed with the Australian about the high level of tannin in our Cabernet Sauvignons and some of the Shiraz.’
      • ‘Cooking spag bol, drinking a pinotage while the rain splishes down outside.’


Blend of Pinot (Noir) and Hermitage, names of types of grape.