Rare Cape Winemakers Guild Founders Blend signifies 30 years of excellence

A unique commemorative Founders Blend signifying three decades of winemaking excellence crafted by five founding members of the Cape Winemakers Guild which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, takes pride of place at charity auctions at celebratory dinners at various venues in the Winelands on Wednesday, 3 October.

The 3-litre bottles of the 2010 Founders Blend, a singular blend of wines from five of the original eight Guild founder members who remain active members today, will be auctioned in aid of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust and help to fund the Guild’s Protégé Programme. Wines made by two of the Guild’s protégés, Tamsyn Jeftha and Sacha Claassen, as well as 6 Litre bottles of the 2010 Members Reserve, created from wines of all the Guild members, will also go under the charity auction hammer.

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Dinners offer intimate food and wine experiences at seven top winery restaurants in the Cape Winelands. With sumptuous menus and Guild members hosting each table, these dinners promise to be a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Dinners take place on Wednesday, 3 October from 18h30 at Cuvée Restaurant (Simonsig), Catharina’s Restaurant (Steenberg), De Grendel Restaurant (De Grendel), Jordan Restaurant (Jordan Winery), Overture (Hidden Valley), Terroir (Kleine Zalze) and Tokara Restaurant (Tokara). To book your seat at R630 per person, e-mail bookings@capewinemakersguild.com.

Founded in 1999, the Nedbank CWG Development Trust assists with education, training and empowerment of young people from wine farming communities and includes the Guild’s Protégé Programme, a mentorship scheme for young, upcoming winemakers.

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction of rare wine crafted exclusively for the auction by members of the Guild, will take place on Saturday, 6 October 2012 from 09h00 at Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands. This auction is open to the public and is an annual highlight for private collectors both locally and from abroad.

To find out how you can attend the Auction to obtain these rare and exclusive wines, visit: www.capewinemakersguild.com, email info@capewinemakersguild.com or call Tel: +27 +21 852 0408.

This year’s auction selection wines are available at public tastings at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcases in Cape Town on Thursday, 23 August and Johannesburg on Thursday, 30 August. The tastings begin at 18:00 – 21:00 and cost R170 per person including a tasting glass, bookings can be made via www.WebTickets.co.za