French flair brings Pink Valley's Rosé Wine to Stellenbosch Helderberg region

A new French-South Africa wine venture focussing exclusively on the making of classic rosé wines on the slopes of Stellenbosch's Helderberg wine region was launched recently with the first vintage of Pink Valley Rosé 2019.

The Pink Valley property incorporates nine hectares of vines, the Pink Valley Restaurant and a winery, the only in South Africa built and used exclusively for the making of rosé wines.

Pink Valley is owned by Oddo Vins & Domaines, a French wine company belonging to father and daughter Pascal and Lorraine Oddo, with wine ventures in Provence and Sancerre (France), Rioja in Spain and in Sicily.

In investing in Pink Valley, the Oddos partnered with their compatriot and wine investor Bertrand Otto, whose knowledge of the global wine industry and special love of the Cape winelands encouraged them to invest in South Africa.

According to Schalk-Willem Joubert, managing director and winemaker at Pink Valley, the Provençal roots of the Oddo family drove them to the Cape with the view of owning vineyards and making classic rosé wines in a country they deem to be one of the world’s leading wine-producing nations.

"At the heart of the Pink Valley concept lies the continual growth in popularity in rosé wines world-wide and the Oddo family’s vision of making a unique style of rosé expressing the terroir through a wine they are familiar with," says Joubert.

The first Pink Valley Rosé is made from the 2019 vintage and incorporates the grape varieties Grenache, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Cinsault. The wine was made in Pink Valley’s winery equipped for rosé production exclusively, with a capacity for 200 tons of harvested grapes.

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