Pinotage On Tap is coming around again!

KZN folks, it’s that time of the year again – where the pinotage flows plentifully and the music never stops!

The first 6 months of 2019 are officially done and dusted, signifying the start of Diemersfontein’s iconic Pinotage On Tap event!


There are certain highlights on anyone’s annual event calendar, such as your birthday, Christmas, Easter, a bucket-list overseas trip and so on, but for the avid wine-lover, and more specifically, a South African, red wine lover, Pinotage On Tap is in all likelihood right up there with the most exciting events of the year!

If you are not yet entirely familiar with the annual migration to the Diemersfontein Wine Estate
“Pinotage On Tap” events, (also referred to as “POT” – but not the green type) and you enjoy a good glass of Pinotage, (whether you’re converted yet or not) , the next bit of information may well bond with your line of interests…

This event took root some 15 years ago, with what was initially intended to only be a once-off, small gathering of Pinotage fans, held on the Diemersfontein wine farm in Wellington in celebration of the new vintage of Diemersfontein Pinotage. Scratch small. However, no one at that time quite realised just how extremely popular this genius creation of Pinotage was to become. Skip a few years and this wine, the ORIGINAL Coffee Chocolate Pinotage, has swooped itself a global fan following – and an event with one of the biggest wine festival brand names in the country!



Pinotage On Tap never disappoints, and that has remained the core criteria on the event game plan all along. The organisers of this event have put together all the aspects that have made this incredibly popular one-day festival – so popular! All you have to do is buy a ticket – to one of the four national events, held in Durban, Joburg, Cape Town and Clarens – and show up!  The festival begins at 12h00 – and the sooner you’re at the gate, the sooner you get to enter the Pinotage party of the year!



It works like this: You receive a welcome gift on arrival, as well as your branded POT wine glass – as your pass to the endless flow of the ultimate deep-ruby juice of the God Bacchus, literally from the barrel taps! (which is how the event got its name) Add to that, you will be entertained by no less than two reputable live bands performing on the day, games, competitions and a variety of foods on offer to ensure your appetite is kept happy too.  

Wine is served out the barrel – yes, straight out the barrel and literally on tap! – Kerry (KZN local and POT festival attendee)


If you are now adequately tempted, here are the dates and bands: Beginning the roadshow of events, will be the Durban event, taking place at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock on the 27th of July. Thereafter, the event moves to Joburg, hosted at Leriba Lodge in Centurion on the 24th of August. Cape Town follows after that, at home base, on Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington on the 28th of September, and ending off with the last event at St. Fort Guesthouse in Clarens on the 2nd of November.  The band line ups include: The Kickstands and Veranda Panda in Durban, Georgetown, Cazz and Charlie Finch in Joburg, Bottomless Coffee, Newton & Co and Amy Jones in Cape Town and Heidi Kriel & The Band, plus an second band (to be announced) in Clarens.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a die-hard-return POT festival goer, you are sure to have a day you’ll remember. There is something about this event that manages to suit all types too. Perhaps dancing in front of the stage, glass in hand is your thing, or perhaps you prefer to wine-down on a picnic blanket in the back somewhere, where you can enjoy your company of friends or a loved one, all whilst taking in the incredible atmosphere of music, celebration, food and wine! It’s all possible at this event – and your good-time is the order of the day!

The vibe is electric! The music starts out mellow and turns into “get up and dance”. You’ll want to take picnic blankets and camping chairs. Fantastically organised! – Kerry (KZN local and POT festival-attendee)

Pinotage On Tap was awarded the title of “Best Wine Event in the World” by Drinks International in 2014 – and to this day, the organisers consistently live up to the aspects and qualifications that determine an accolade such as this. 

Keep informed and miss nothing! If you would like to stay abreast of all the updates and newsflashes on these events, make sure you follow their page on Facebook at Pinotage On Tap 2019. Another good idea is to bookmark the Diemersfontein Wines event website page at Tickets are R295 per person (unchanged since last year) and include your welcome gift, endless Pinotage wine on tap, live music, spoils, freebies and numerous other surprises on the day! Tickets are already available online at Quicket,