Exceptionally rare wine gems at 32nd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
The 32nd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, a South African wine industry showcase of rare, individually crafted wines, will take place at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands from 09h00 on Saturday, 1 October 2016.
The Auction is open to the public with a loyal following of wine buyers and private collectors. All buyers are required to pre-register for the auction through the Guild Office before Friday, 23 September.
This annual event, conducted by Henré Hablutzel of Hofmeyr Mills Auctioneers, features small volumes of masterly crafted, individual wines all made exclusively for the auction by members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. Benchmarking winemaking excellence with wines of enduring worth is the signature of the auction. This year serious wine enthusiasts can look forward to 52 individually crafted wines including some exceptionally rare varieties and unusual blends.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme and in celebration of this major milestone for transformation in the wine industry, a one-of-a-kind 2016 CWG Auction Magnum Collection will go under the hammer as this year’s charity item. This unique collection comprises 40 of the 2016 auction wines in magnum bottles. The collection, embodying the craftsmanship and camaraderie of the members of the Guild, is packaged in beautifully crafted wooden boxes.
The proceeds of the charity auction will go towards the Guild’s Protégé Programme to continue developing and empowering aspiring young winemakers and viticulturists. The Programme was established in 2006 under the auspices of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust. Over the past decade, a total of 20 protégés have come through the ranks, honing their skills while enjoying the rare opportunity of rubbing shoulders with giants in the industry. To date no less than 12 former protégés are pursuing promising careers in the wine industry – from private wine estates to larger corporate wine companies.
Funds are also raised in aid of the Protégé Programme through a Silent Auction of past auction wines and cellar gems from Guild members. One of the sought after items will be six bottles of Rose Kruger Nevin Shiraz 2016, a wine made by protégé Rose Kruger who is graduating from the programme this year.
All bidders at the 2016 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction are requested to pre-register through the Guild Office before Friday, 23 September. Prospective buyers who are unable to attend the auction, can take advantage of the telephonic and proxy bidding facilities