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Cape Wine 2015 auction raises over R10.5m

Published:  17 February, 2015

The 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction raised R10.565 million for education in the Cape Winelands, up 50% on last year.

The entire proceeds of the 2015 auction goes to charities actively involved with education, from infancy to adulthood, across the Western Cape.

Cape Wine AuctionThe 2015 AfrAsia Cape Wine Auction raised over R10.5m for educationAuctioneer Iain Banner in full flow at the event, which took place over the weekend.

The auction took place on February 14, and covered 37 lots including rare local and international wine collections; gourmet dinners with world-renowned chefs; unique art pieces; international travel and exclusive private weekend parties.

The top bids included:

  • R800 000 paid for The Vrede en Lust Lot, which included: eight business class tickets from Johannesburg to the Seychelles; a stay in a luxury villa with a private beach on the exclusive Eden Island; a three-day cruise on a brand new Powercat, hosted by a private skipper and chef; and a sterling collection of 60 bottles of Vrede en Lust wines.
  • 'The Godfather' Lot by Paul Cluver: a collection of 60 bottles of Paul Cluver Pinot Noir blended by Andries Burger, and a week-long stay at an 18th century château in the Loire Valley for eight people; raising R550 000.
  •  The Ultimate Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Collection which included a collection of 24 vintages of Vin de Constance, a one night stay for 8 in the newly renovated estate homestead with dinner prepared by Scot Kirton from La Colombe. It sold for R450,000.cap
  • The De Toren Lot that raised R400 000.
  • The Hemel en Aarde & Young Guns Lot and The Rickety Bridge Lot, each of which raised R340 000.
  • The Glenelly Lot, The Vilafonté lot, The Swartland Revolution Lot and The Warwick Estate 'Trilogy' Lot, each of which raised in the region of R300 000.

Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick Estate, one of the trustees, said: "We are once again humbled and overwhelmed by the immense generosity shown at this event. Today we have witnessed another outstanding demonstration of the unity of the South African wine industry and the philanthropic capacity of humankind."

James Benoit, chief executive of AfrAsia Bank, the Auction's headline sponsor for the second consecutive year, continued: "We are incredibly proud to be partnered with the Cape Wine Auction team, who share our commitment to making a real difference in the lives of many South African children, by upholding Nelson Mandela's belief that, 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world'."