Cape Winemakers Guild

With tumbling sales records, delicious food, rare wines available for tasting and an all-around electric atmosphere, this weekend’s 39th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction was once again an event for the books.

Wine enthusiasts from far and wide raised a sum of  R14 788 000 with a total of 1792 cases (6 x 750ml) sold. The average price per case amounted to R8 252, with an average price for red wines of R8 814 and R7 372 for white wines.

The annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction provides wine enthusiasts and investors with the ideal platform to purchase exclusive South African wines at primary market prices.

The Auction took place over two sessions on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 October at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West.

A total of 39 wines from 31 Guild members went under the hammer. These comprised 15 white wines and 24 red wines. All wines were exclusively produced for the auction by members of the Cape Winemakers Guild, a group of highly respected winemakers who hail from appellations across the length and breadth of the Cape winelands.

With prices reaching R25 000 per case (6 x 750ml), new records were set for:

There were a total of 96 successful bidders. 58% of sales went to South African bidders, with the balance of the wines going to overseas bidders, with 24% going to the UK, 3% to Denmark and 2% to the Netherlands.

Registered bidders hailed from far and wide, including Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Czechia (Czech Republic), Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and USA.

Gordon Newton-Johnson, Cape Winemakers Guild Chair says: “Each member of the Cape Winemakers Guild consistently strives for excellence in the art of wine as individuals and together, uplifting each other as well as those who are the future of the wine industry. We are thrilled that this trajectory of excellence sparked the interest of buyers from 24 countries and continues to entice loyal support among South African wine-lovers.”

Taking place in a hybrid format – both in-person and online,  the auction was facilitated by Strauss & Co. Directors and seasoned auctioneers, Susie Goodman and Bina Genovese were joined on the rostrum for the two-day sale by art expert colleague Dr Alistair Meredith and fine wine specialist Roland Peens.

“In the second year of the Strauss & Co Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction partnership, we are delighted by an even more successful auction in 2023,” says Peens.

“Prices were 12% up on last year, showing the incredible growth of the CWG brand. These wines are at the top of the industry, produced in small quantities and now have even higher international demand.”

“Bidding was frenetic, with bids coming through from the busy auction haul, via online in 20+ countries, along with telephone and commission bids. I think the auctioneers need a few days to recover! I do.”

Even though the main event has come to an end, auction excitement isn’t over just yet! The annual Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme Auction is still underway with bidding taking place on the Strauss & Co website until 6pm on Monday, 9 October.

Making a tangible difference in the wine industry, the Protégé Programme is funded by the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme Auction and various charity events held throughout the year, as well as donations from sponsor Nedbank and other organisations.

Coveted auction lots include unique collections, rare verticals and wines that are no longer available from Guild members, as well as wines made by this year’s graduating Protégés.

This year, two graduating Protégés will have wines on auction, which will be offered as separate lots in the Protégé Auction:

Other notable lots include:

How to Buy on the Protégé Auction:

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In order to take part in these Auctions, you will need to follow three simple steps before bidding.