Richard Auffrey is a journalist who writes a restaurant and wine  column for the Stoneham Sun newspaper in Masachussets. He bought a copy of my book via and today he posted a detailed review in his Passionate Foodie blog.

He says :-

"This is a very comprehensive book, covering so many different aspects of Pinotage, from its origins to its future. I learned plenty about this grape, much of the information probably not available elsewhere. Peter also helps to clarify the facts behind the myths surrounding Pinotage. I enjoyed the stories about Pinotage wine makers and wineries. Overall, I was very pleased with this book and certainly recommend it.

Peter May has written an excellent and fascinating book about an intriguing grape and I recommend you check it out."

Read his full review here


New Zealand wine writer  Sue Courtney has posted her review of my book on her website at

She says in her review "There are many myths and legends associated with Pinotage and Peter covers them and debunks them. He also unravels a mystery that any mention of here would spoil for readers.

Congratulations Peter - this is wonderful PR for this misunderstood grape and the wine its makes. It's a well-researched and easy to read book. I recommend it."

Sue has  researched which is the oldest Pinotage growing in New Zealand and confirms my statement in the book that they are  "probably at Kerr Farm". Sue writes that "finally, after speaking to every possible current and former Pinotage grape grower, I can confirm that Kerr Farms' vines, planted in 1969, are now the oldest still in production for a commercial Pinotage wine. "  

Thanks Sue.


    Peter F May is the author of PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa's OWn Wine and founder of The Pinotage Club, an international cyber-based fan club for wines made from the Pinotage variety. Peter was awarded Honorary Membership of the producers Pinotage Association in 2004 and was a judge at the annual Pinotage Top 10 Competition in 2004 and 2005. Peter is a wine writer, educator and author. His book Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape - odd wines from around the world was published in summer 2006. Peter answers all polite emails - contact him at peter (at) pinotage (dot) org


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