Some people love Pinotage red wine, others hate it. But the crowds at the annual Pinotage on Tap festival show there is more than ample support for big bold Pinotage, South Africa’s iconic grape variety.
The festival is held in October each year on the Diemersfontein Wine Estate outside the winelands town of Wellington, an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Diemersfontein became an instant favourite amongst local Pinotage fans when it launched its famous “chocolate” Pinotage; the wine offers up notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla thanks to a carefully selected combination of wine yeasts and vine clones.
Generous quantities of Diemersfontein’s much-loved Pinotage are enjoyed during the day-long festival, with the wine literally available “on tap” from large wine barrels.
While the wine is a major draw card, it’s not the only reason to visit. Live music from some of South Africa’s top artists provides the soundtrack for this extremely festive festival, while stalls and food trucks keep the masses well fed.
Because the festival is held roughly an hour’s drive from the centre of Cape Town, don’t even think about making merry and then driving back to the city. Rather appoint a designated driver, or hire a transfer company to ferry you home safely. Alternatively, there’s no shortage of accommodation nearby, with local taxi companies able to provide shuttle services.