Pinotage is a uniquely South African grape variety. There are now plantings in other countries, but the origin of Pinotage is South African and it has achieved international success because of the efforts of South African makers of Pinotage wines.
South Africa has both practical and patriotic reasons for aggressively promoting Pinotage as a grape varietal which provides wines of superior quality, wines which can hold their own against any varietal from any wine-growing region of the world.
Pinotage is the trump card of the South African wine industry. This is the philosophy that underlies the existence of the Pinotage Association.