After a month of online voting Eikeboom Butchery from Stellenbosch came up tops and was crowned the first Pinotage Boland Biltong Champion.
The competition was a resounding success as these two uniquely South African products were celebrated in an online voting campaign. The competition had finalists from the major Boland regions competing to be crowned as the Boland Biltong Champion.
As part of the Pinotage Month celebrations the Pinotage Association launched the inaugural Pinotage Boland Biltong Competition.
Apart from determining the best beef biltong in the Boland , the aim of this online voting competition was to create awareness for Pinotage Month and align these uniquely South African and complementary products in a campaign .
Six finalist butcheries were chosen by the Pinotage Association members who nominated butcheries from their regions.
The finalists were from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Worcester , Robertson and the Swartland region respectively.
The biltong of the six finalists were tasted as part of the Pinotage and Biltong tasting at the Grootplaas Proe at Sandringham on Pinotage Day on the 12th of October .
Johan Schwartz , Marketing Manager of the Pinotage Association said that this inaugural competition was a huge success and indicated that several new aspects will be added to this campaign in the next year. He added that the Association looks forward to align Pinotage and biltong as complementary uniquely South African products for other marketing campaigns in the future.
Eikeboom Butchery owners Nic and Elize van Rensburg, indicated that they and their staff are delighted to have won this competition and to be crowned the Boland Biltong Champion. Nic is a big fan of Pinotage wines and said he will truly enjoy his prize of a set of the 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage wines.
The other finalists were:
Paarl – Goede Hoop Butchery
Wellington – Vleismeester Butchery
Worcester – Hoogstraat Vleismark
Robertson – Pinto Butchery
Swartland – Deli-Co Butchery ( Riebeek – Kasteel)