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Rare and exclusive wines representing the pinnacle of South African winemaking will be on offer at the prestigious 24th annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction to be held in the winelands, at the Spier Conference Centre, on Saturday, 3 October this year. The wines, crafted exclusively for the Auction by the Guild members who represent some of the country’s finest winemakers, are ready to capture the attention of all those who cherish fine wine. Produced in limited volumes, these special wines can only be purchased at the Guild’s annual Auction.
The Auction almost topped the R5 million mark last year despite the downturn in the global economic climate and the Guild is gearing itself to build on this success. More private enthusiasts, collectors, buyers for fine dining restaurants and top end wine merchants, both locally and internationally are expected to attend the auction this year. Plans are already afoot to host pre-auction wine tastings in New York, London, Belgium, Denmark, Holland and Hong Kong to raise the bar in terms of awareness of the exceptional collection of Guild wines, all hand crafted exclusively for the Auction.
Working steadfastly behind the scenes, this year’s auction will be a significant landmark event for Kate Jonker, who celebrates her 10th anniversary as the Guild’s General Manager. During her tenure, Kate has witnessed the Guild’s remarkable growth both in stature and in Auction sales. Over the past 10 years the Auction turnover increased by a remarkable 250% from R2 million to almost R5 million, thereby clearly establishing itself as the country’s definitive wine auction.
“The growth of the Auction has been steady and solid and I look forward to seeing this trend continue with Guild Auction wines gaining recognition for being some of the best in the world,” says Kate.
All the wines on offer are selected meticulously by members of the Guild to represent the apex of South African wine achievement with wines that can stand up to the world’s best. Distinctly different from wines bottled under the members’ own labels, the Guild’s Auction wines are selected at a blind tasting and only those showing technical excellence and maturation potential are chosen. This thorough process ensures that every wine boasting the CWG Auction label is a wine of exceptional quality. The final selection for this year’s line-up will be announced in August.
Local wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to taste this year’s flagship wines at Auction Showcases in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The first Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase will take place in Cape Town on Thursday, 20 August at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 18h00.
The Johannesburg Auction Showcase will be held the following Thursday, 27 August from 18h30 at the Atrium, Nedbank Sandton.
The Final pre-Auction Tasting takes place at Spier near Stellenbosch on Friday, 2 October and will be a formal, tutored tasting of the full range of 2009 Auction Wines.
During the run-up to the auction, the Guild will also host a fun Sports Day on Thursday 1 October, at the renowned De Zalze Golf Course where wine lovers can join Guild members in a game of either golf or boules.
Since its inception in 1985, the Nedbank CWG Auction has become a quality benchmark of what can be achieved by South African wine producers and the CWG label is an authentic assurance of quality recognised both locally and abroad. The Nedbank CWG Auction is open to the public and has a loyal following of trade and private buyers.
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