The only thing I like more than an auction is a WINE auction! With no less than 59 singularly crafted wines to go under the hammer at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday October 5 at the 29th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, it is simply put an event wine collectors cannot afford to miss. The majority of buyers at the auction will be local, but there has been a surge of international interest in recent years.
The 2013 auction wines include 36 red wines, 18 white wines, 2 Méthode Cap Classiques, one dessert wine, a Port and a potstill brandy making up the tally of 3184 cases (6 x 750ml case equivalent).
Recognised as South Africa’s leading wine auction open to the wine trade and the general public, the line-up features small volumes of unique wines all crafted exclusively for the auction by members of the Guild. Since its inception in 1985, the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has become a benchmark for fine wines and the “CWG” label is synonymous with quality.
The auction has a charity angle every year and money raised go to the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Development Trust, sponsors of the highly successful Protégé Programme for the development of young aspiring winemakers.
This year a unique blend of top 2011 vintage wines in a one-of-a-kind 18 Litre blend will go under the hammer as the charity item. This one of its kind item is a singular bottle of wine reflecting the passion and camaraderie of the 45 members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. The proceeds of this year’s 18 Litre auction blend will boost the R305320 already raised by Guild members at various silent and charity auctions at dinners and tastings during the course of this year. In addition to the Guild’s own fund raising initiatives, Nedbank, a long standing partner, invested R635000 in the Protégé Programme in 2013.
The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme was launched in 2006 with the goal of bringing about transformation in the wine industry by cultivating, nurturing and empowering promising individuals to become winemakers of excellence. The Protégé programme currently supports eight qualified winemakers completing their 3-year internships under the mentorship of Guild members.