Punting Pinotage in Portugal


Jumbo is one of the big three supermarket chains in Portugal. Owned by French chain Auchan, every large town has one. Next month Jumbo will run a BOGOF special: buy one bottle of Astronaut Touriga Nacional (not a bad choice as the Portuguese Wine magazine hailed it as best value red last year) and get one bottle of Astronaut Swartland Pinotage free. Distributed by Miguel Grijo of iVin and made by Anibal Coutinho (shown below) this is the wine that should put Pinotage sales in Portugal into orbit.

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Astronaut Pinotage is already offered in the staff canteens of the Angolan state oil company Sonangol. Could Pinotage be the next big thing in the Lusosphere?