One-of-a-kind 18 Litre bottle on Cape Winemakers Guild Charity Auction
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 at the 29th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction to be held at Spier in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 5 October 2013.
The only one of its kind, skillfully blended by Guild Cellarmaster Frans Smit, this singular bottle of wine reflects the passion and camaraderie of the 45 members of the Cape Winemakers Guild, all masters of their craft.
Every year Guild members contribute towards a special charity wine to be auctioned off in aid of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Development Trust, sponsors of the highly successful Protégé Programme for the development of young aspiring winemakers.
This exceptional blend will be sold as the charity item amongst the bumper lineup of 59 rare and exclusive auction wines this year.
The proceeds of this year’s 18 Litre auction blend will boost the R305 320 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 R635 000 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.
The 29th Nedbank CWG Auction, conducted by Henré Hablutzel of Hofmeyr Mills Auctioneers for the 16th consecutive year, is open to the public and will be held at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 5 October 2013.
Prospective buyers who are unable to attend the auction on the day, can register in advance with the CWG and take advantage of their telephonic and proxy bidding facilities. Live bidding will also be available online through www.the-saleroom.com.