New security seal certifies authenticity of CWG Auction wines

CWG Auction 2014

A security foil to safeguard the authenticity of every wine sold at the 30th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 4 October 2014, has been introduced for the first time as a counter measure to thwart any attempt at counterfeiting.

“The Guild auction has become the pinnacle showcase for South African wines and it is crucial that we protect the integrity and assurance of quality of the wines sold annually at this event,” says CWG Treasurer David Finlayson of Edgebaston, who spearheaded the project.

“The reality is that counterfeited ultra-premium products have made an appearance in the modern day world of wine, as has been seen in the Rudy Kurniawan case in the USA and a number of other similar incidents worldwide. This has made the Guild take the step of introducing a counter measure in the form of a security foil on all auction wines from 2014 onwards to ensure the authenticity of wines bought on auction and resold to consumers worldwide,” Finlayson explains.

All Guild wines will be supplied with a security foil strip along the base of the back label indicating to buyers the year the wine was sold on auction.

This year’s auction features a record line-up of 61 singularly crafted wines – 40 red wines, 18 white wines, one Méthode Cap Classique, one straw wine and a potstill brandy – all made exclusively for the auction by members of the Guild.

In addition to these rare auction wines, a unique blend of top 2012 vintage wines in a one-of-a-kind 18-litre bottle will go under the hammer as the charity item this year. Skillfully blended by Guild Cellarmaster Louis Nel, this remarkable wine reflects the passion and camaraderie of all 45 members of the Cape Winemakers Guild, all masters of their craft. The bottle comes in a sturdy wooden presentation box proudly adorned with the Guild’s emblem and celebratory 30th auction logo.

This commemorative charity wine will be auctioned off in aid of the Oenology and Viticulture Protégé Programmes for the development of young aspiring winemakers and viticulturists under the auspices of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust. The 30th Nedbank CWG Auction, conducted by Henré Hablutzel of Hofmeyr Mills Auctioneers for the 17th consecutive year, is open to the public and will be held at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 4 October 2014. Prospective buyers need to register by Friday, 26th September. Bidders who are unable to attend on the day, can take advantage of the Guild’s telephonic and proxy bidding facilities. For further details and to attend the auction, visit, contact the Guild office on Tel: 021 852 0408 or email Follow @CapeWinemakersG on Twitter for the latest auction updates.