12 years ago, when a young winemaker used a stainless steel barrel instead of an oak barrel to mature the Pinotage grapes, he didn’t know he would be creating a South African legacy which would be celebrated every year among local and international fans. The tantalising flavours and aromas of intense dark chocolate and freshly-roasted coffee all captured in a bottle, has also taken the world by storm. A few months ago, Pinotage grapes were carefully harvested from the vineyard and placed into the stainless steel tanks with French oak staves, where they have been slowly fermenting and maturing to perfection – until ready to be served straight into the glass at what has been voted the “World’s best wine event”.
The first Pinotage on Tap Festival of 2016 took place in Johannesburg at Val Bonne Country Estate in Modderfontein on August 20, and the Durban installment is to follow at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock on Heritage Day, September 24. As history would have it, the grand finale will be hosted at the home of ‘the People’s Pinotage’, Diemersfontein Estate in Wellington in the Cape on October 29.
During the festival, guests will be treated to top-quality local performances while indulging in an array of foods options, including dessert, all paired perfectly with the Coffee-Chocolate Pinotage on tap. All festival attendees will also receive a goodie-bag upon arrival filled with a few necessities for this unmissable day – all included in the ticket price.
• Tickets on are sale via Computicket at R370. Ticket + a case of Pino is R910.
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