What an amazing weekend, I have truly not had one of those in a LONG time!! Saturday in particular was my favourite, we attended the 9th Annual Pinotage on Tap festival. The festival is centred around celebrating the new vintage of the ever-popular Dimersfontein coffee chocolate pinotage, and OH MY was it delicious.
We arranged a shuttle to fetch us from home in Cape Town and made our +- hour journey to the Dimersfontein Wine and Country Estate in Wellington. I really really recommend organising a driver should you want to attend the festival. Minimal fuss, and the peace of mind that you will arrive to and from the festival safely. If you fill up your van its really inexpensive.
The entry gates opened at 12h30, the program for the day was filled with live entertainment and instruction as to when the food stations would open. They had 3 delicious meals on offer redeemable with food vouchers. The ostrich sausage, mash and gravy was my favourite and so weather appropriate. It was really well organised (baring the dessert scavenger hunt) and we had such a lovely time with friends in such a picturesque setting.
Goodie bags and Pinotage on tap.
Upon arrival we were greeted by tunes of a live jazz band, the goodie bag station and the first of many wine barrels. The Pinotage is so smooth, with distinct flavours of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of mint and baked plums on the nose. Ripe subtle tannins create a wine to be enjoyed young hence the celebration of the new vintage which harvested in August.
Our goodie bags included a program for the day, a wine glass, a bottle of water, a sandwich (how responsible of the organisers, lining our stomachs as we entered) and a few promotional flyers.
Left: The country house & a jazz band. Right: James & I
“Although it drizzled most of the day, there was plenty of coverage and wine to keep us warm. We had so much fun dancing in the rain.” – Melissa
Left: Chris & Milos. Middle: James & Andrea. Right: Katy & Kirsten.
Over the past year James and I have been blessed with some amazing new friends, the kind you feel you’ve known forever. You guys are seriously wonderful, thank you for making these amazing memories with us!
One member of our friendship group is the talented wine, food and lifestyle blogger Katy from Katys Table. I love her blog, her writing is witty, smart and each post takes me on an adventure. She will also be documenting our POT2013 adventure so be sure to like her on facebook to keep up to date with new features.
Food & live entertainment.
The musical line up included Gangs of Ballet, Natasha Meister and Newton’s 2nd Law. The perfect balance of chill.
One too many glasses of wine and two new friends.
The view from the top of the estate.
Although the event closed at 18h30 we had make the executive decision for our driver to arrive at 17h30. It was perfect timing…
You are welcome to join the Dimersfontein fan club on their website.
We will definitely be going next year.
All Photographs taken by Melissa Louise