Subscribe for insider travel tips and news
Home / Blog / Many surprises at this year's Pinotage on Tap at Diemersfontein


Many surprises at this year’s Pinotage on Tap at Diemersfontein

by Destinate News on 13.10.2016

This year's musical programme is directed by Maestro Richard Cock who, with his orchestra, will present a great blend of light popular music as well as a touch of the classical.

Richard Cock

The uniquely beautiful voice of Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground will top the popular side of the programme.

Zolani Mahola

Amongst the performers, and flying down from Durban, will be an exceptional young tenor, Aubrey Mlindi Pato. Aubrey has been linked to Diemersfontein for a while now, as he performed at the estate’s “Excellence out of Africa” concerts and also made a wildly successful guest appearance at Pinotage on Tap in Durban last year.

Aubrey Mlindi Pato

Aubrey was born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape, and grew up in Durban. His talent was recognized at school where he sang in the school choir and represented Umlazi schools several times as a soloist.   He recalls being surprised at the talent he possessed and was encouraged by his teachers – he became more passionate about his singing as he participated in competitions.

Aubrey studied toward a BA (Admin) at the UKZN Westville campus, and for the last ten years he has served as a Metro Policeman at the Durban Municipality  - a career he loves.  He is often on special VIP protection duty. Two years ago he became the proud father to twins.

Despite having no formal academic singing qualifications, Aubrey has keenly pursued opportunities for competitions, lessons and performances in many settings. He has participated in Njabulo Madlala’s singing competition and master classes (Amazwi Omzansi Afrika) for many years. All who have heard Aubrey sing, comment on his dramatic voice, balanced by a purity and sweetness that touch the heart and bring tears to the eyes. You will not be disappointed!


Guests can expect the top-quality People’s Pinotage and, with barrels of wine stationed around the venue, you won’t have to go too far to fill up your glass. Aside from a never-ending river of the wine farm’s signature red, guests can also purchase Diemersfontein's other wines at the on-site tasting room. 

The tickets also include a goodie bag on arrival; the festival pack comes complete with a snack (to provide that much-needed lining) as well as meal vouchers for lunch. Due to popular demand the ”oh so yummy” chocolate fountain where guests can dip strawberries and marshmallows to satisfy their sweet tooth, is making a comeback!

Developed in 2001, Diemersfontein’s trademark wine boasts a full-bodied and unique flavour that has taken the world by storm. Praised for its accessibility, rich coffee flavour and unpretentious appeal, it’s no wonder that this robust red has been dubbed ‘the people's Pinotage’. Diemersfontein Wine Estate owner David Sonnenberg has likened the popular vino to that of a rebellious rock star teenager – one who dresses in miniskirts and has fans of all ages!


Tickets are available via and Computicket outlets and costs are as follows:

Ticket price includes access to the event, Pinotage on tap, lunch, and live entertainment.

Ticket price includes access to the event, Pinotage on tap, lunch, live entertainment and a case (six bottles) of Diemersfontein Pinotage.

Transport to and from Cape Town is available here.

We will see you there!