The annual Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme Auction is officially underway, with bidding taking place virtually on the Strauss & Co website. Running until 6pm on Monday, 9 October, It is a sister event of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, which will be taking place at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 October.
Making a tangible difference in the wine industry, the Protégé Programme is funded by the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé 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:
- 6 x 750ml bottles of Entropy Pinotage 2022 from Protégé Kaylin Willscott
- 6 x 750ml bottles of The Zoarranner White Blend 2022 from Protégé Terry-Ann Klink
Other notable lots include:
- 3 x 1.5 litre bottles of Grangehurst 2015 Auction Reserve (a past auction favourite produced by Jeremy Walker, who no longer submits wine for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction)
- 6 x 750ml bottles, comprising three bottles each of Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Syrah 2003 and Auction Reserve Insignium 2013 (past auction favourites produced by Neil Ellis, who no longer submits wine for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction)
The Cape Winemakers Guild plays an important role in driving and supporting the transformation of the South African wine industry through the Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust and, particularly, the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme. Since its inception in 2006, the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme has established itself as the most successful skills development programme in the South African wine industry. So far, 34 protégés have completed the three-year internship and seven are currently participating in this ongoing programme. 18 past Protégés now either hold leading winemaking roles or have their own winemaking projects.
The internship is a targeted three-year programme aimed at ensuring skills transfer, practical experience, knowledge sharing, mentorship and the nurturing of young talent 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.
How to Buy on the Protégé Auction:
- To bid on the Protégé Auction, bidders will need to create a bidder’s account here:
- Once a bidding account has been created, bidders can register to bid on the Protégé Auction, at www.straussart.co.za
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