IN 1999 the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust was established in association with Nedbank, to support social development through education in wineland communities.
- Louis Strydom, Ernie Els Wines – Chairman
- Frederick Kröhnert – Nedgroup Trust Limited
- Francois Naude – Honorary CWG Member
- Gerard Martin - Winetech
The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust and Protégé Programme are funded through donations by the Nedbank Foundation as well as proceeds raised by Guild members.
During the course of the year, the members of the Cape Winemakers Guild hold a number of charity auctions including wine auctions at various gala dinners; silent auctions at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Showcases; and a sale of rare and unique wines produced by the members and auctioned by silent auction on Auction Day. The annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction also features a unique, collector’s bottle of wine that goes under the hammer in aid of the Protégé Programme.