I have been saying it wrong for a very long time. I assumed, wrongfully it seems, that the beginning of the word "Pinotage" was pronounced similar to "Pinot" such as in "Pinot Noir" or "Grigio." So, it had come out as "Peeno." It seemed to make sense to me. Yet I now learn that pronunciation is incorrect.
Peter May of The Pinotage Club has set me straight. In a recent post, Pinotage Pronunciation - how do you say Pinotage?, he has stated the correct way to say "Pinotage" and it is not like "Pinot." The "i" is soft so the word begins like "pin" rather than than "peen."
Thanks very much to Peter for this information. It is always a good day when you learn something new!