Makulu Iswithi Pinotage Wine, findingourwaynow.comMakulu Iswithi Pinotage Wine was recommended by one of my readers.  Try as I might I was unable to locate this wine, but I did learn a bit about it.  I never want to discourage a reader’s recommendation, so I thought I would give you what I found out about this wine.  This wine is a rather sweet wine and a favorite among the people in South Africans.  It’s quite inexpensive, and all the reviews I’ve read rave about its qualities.

Makulu Iswithi Pinotage Wine is produced by the Prestige Wine Group.   The wine is of the Pinotage grape varietal, which is grown in the Paarl Ward wine region around the Hawekwa mountain range in the Western Cape of South Africa.  The area has been identified as an ideal region for growing wine grapes with coastal influences allowing for a moderate climate.

Makulu Iswithi Pinotage Wine, findingourwaynow.comThe Paarl region is considered the heart of the South African wine industry.  The area is primarily known for it fortified wine (wine with added alcohol).

South Africa although considered new to the wine culture has a rich history of wine making dating back 350 years when the first grapes were pressed in 1659.  South Africa’s wine industry is now the 7th largest producer of wine in the world.  The Chenin Blanc grape varietal is now what they are best known for.

This is what the winemaker has to say about this wine:

Makulu Iswithi Pinotage Wine,“Makulu Iswithi Pinotage is a semi sweet wine that is deep purple in color with a harmonic bouquet of red berries, ripe bananas and hints of spicy vanilla. It pairs well with rich meat dishes, venison, roasts, game, matured cheese or as an aperitif.”

Although I can’t say much about it myself, I can say that it isn’t easy to find, at least for me.  When I do locate this wine and give it a try, I will certainly come back and give you an update.

You can find this wine online at, occasionally at,, and

So here is my question for you.  Have you had this wine and what are your thoughts if you have?  I would love to hear your opinion.

Happy Wineing…

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  • Along Came Mary

    I have not heard of this one, but it sounds great. I don’t think I have had a wine from S. Africa yet;)

    • Susan Cooper

      Thanks Mary, I hadn’t either. I’ve tried to locate in my area but to avail. If you find it, let me know what you think. :-)

  • Julie

    I’ve heard of it but haven’t tried it yet. I’ll see what I can find and let you know.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hey Julie, Cool, I can’t wait too hear what you think. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    I have been hearing a bit about good wines coming out of Africa.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jon, So have I. They certainly have been producing it long enough. I look to try some of their other offerings. :)

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  • A.K. Andrew

    I’ve not had this wine, but what a great name. I’ll keep a look out while I’m in the UK. There’s quite a few South African wines here. Thanks for the post Susan.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi A.K. It is a cool name, isn’t it? That would be great and then let me know what you think when you try it. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Like the name and the label. As someone who does not drink I look at these from a different perspective. :)

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, Me too. I know you do, but it’s still fun to find out about them, isn’t it? :-)

  • Merle Gibbins

    Interesting information Susan. After living for 14 years in South Africa I have to admit I have never heard of it either and I have visited quite a lot of Wine routes there !!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Merle, That’s very interesting. It’s not new, but it’s VERY hard to locate. As a last resort one can buy it on line. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I’ve not heard of these one, but it sounds well worth the effort needed to eventually track it down. South Africa seems to be an up-and-coming wine region.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jei, South African wines are just string to come on the international scene. It will fun to see what I find as I travel the wine aisles. :-)

  • Morgan Decker

    I have never tried any wines from South Africa but it sounds like an interesting flavor, I’ll have to keep my eye out for a bottle!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Morgan, It does, doesn’t it? If you find some, let me know what you think. :-)

  • Jacs Henderson

    Never tried this particular Pinotage – but love a drop!! It’s a very good looking label, so I’m sure I’ll spot it on a shelf one day while I’m perusing :)

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jacs, I would love it if you did and then please come back and let me know what you thought about it. :-)

  • Theuns

    Hi Susan

    WOW Great to read a blog about our wine in South Africa. I am from South Africa

    And my sister lives in Cape town neer Paarl in the cape, The wine Is great there and I love a Semi Sweet Wine. I did not know about this one, but I will ask my Sister to get one for me or get it at a wine tour when I go to visit her. My Mom and Dad will be going down to Cape town next month, so even they can get one for me there. It will be a bit cheaper, LOL :-).

    If you ever come to South Africa, go on a wine tour in the Paarl you will love it to bits :-).

    Love From
    South Africa
    Theuns :-)

    PS: “Makulu” Means “THE BIG ONE” it is a “AFRICAN” Word

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Theuns, I am so happy that you liked what I had to say. I would love your thoughts about this wine when you do try it. I have not been able to locate it as of yet, and I really want to get it a try.

      If I ever find myself in South Africa, you can be assured I will tour that area. BTW: I love the translation for that word. Thank you. :-)))

  • jeannettepaladino

    It sounds like this wine, which the makes describe as sweet, might better be served as a sipping wine rather than as a wine to serve with a meal.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeannette, I think so too but I’m not sure since I wasn’t able to find it. When I do I’ll let you know. :-)

      • Liz Blackmore

        It really is not that sweet. It would be a number 2 on the sugar content.

        • Susan Cooper

          That’s good to know Liz, If I ever get a chance to try it we can compare notes… LOL

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Sounds like something I might like. I love the description.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Krystle, I do too, When I finally locate it I’ll let you know. :-)

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  • Valerie Remy-Milora

    I have not had this wine but it sounds like a wine I would enjoy. I love Venisson and other game. Hearty and healthy! I have had other South African wines that have been delicious. I can think of a particular one right now, but will come back with it when I do. :-)

  • Liz Blackmore

    Nice review susan. Even though I have indulged, many times, with this wine, I can no longer get it from the stores in our area. Had I known this before moving, I would have purchased a few bottles for a special time.
    You did provide interesting background, and I appreciate it. Thank you for the review!

    • Susan Cooper

      I do understand that Liz. I looked every where for it to no avail. I have been told I would love it. However, I am glad I have added a bit of color to this wine for you. :-)

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  • Brenda J

    I actually stumbled across this wine in a liquor store in Albertville MN. I like trying different wines and this happened to be on sale so thought I would try it. It does have a different taste, not bad, but will try again sometime.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Brenda, thanks for stopping by. I have heard the same. Most who’ve tried it have enjoyed it and would get it again. :-)

  • booveylou

    This is one of my favorite wines, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to purchase it at our local co-op in southern Vermont, but I fear it may be becoming more an more popular. I ordered a case from my co-op and haven’t heard from them in over three weeks. Orders are usually filled in about a week. I can see this wine either climbing in price or becoming more scarce, or both. I call it the “red wine for people who don’t like red wine.” It is sweeter than most reds with hints of cherry, coffee and chocolate.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It is a very nice wine. That is such a great way of putting it, “red wine for people who don’t like red wine”. It is getting harder to find though. I do hope you are successful in your order. :-)