Bid on rare, diverse wines at 31st Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
The 31st Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, the South African wine industry showcase of rare, collector’s wines with creative flair and great diversity, will take place at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands from 09h00 on Saturday, 3 October 2015.
This year’s auction marks the 20th anniversary of Nedbank’s association with the Cape Winemakers Guild. Open to the general public with a loyal following of wine buyers and private collectors, this annual event features small volumes of masterly crafted, individual wines all made exclusively for the auction by members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. Benchmarking winemaking excellence with wines of enduring worth is the signature of the auction where quality supersedes quantity particularly this year, with 258 fewer cases on offer than in 2014.
Featuring a line-up of 55 singular wines, this landmark event will be conducted by Henré Hablutzel of Hofmeyr Mills Auctioneers for the 18th consecutive year. Prospective buyers need to register by Friday, 25 September. Bidders who are unable to attend on the day, can take advantage of the Guild’s telephonic and proxy bidding facilities.
In addition to the auction line-up, a unique blend of top 2013 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 Gottfried Mocke, this remarkable wine reflects the passion and camaraderie of all 46 members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. 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.
Funds are also raised in aid of the Protégé Programme through a Silent Auction of past auction wines and cellar gems from Guild members, as well as an intriguing collection of wines crafted by the protégés graduating from the programme this year.