The 34th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction (CWG), which takes place at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday 29th September, is the climax of a series of exciting fun events. Tutored tastings and showcases of a selection of the superb wines on offer have happened in major centres around South Africa during August. Every one of the 37 wines I tasted at the CWG tutored tasting in Cape Town was a showpiece of winemaking excellence. Unlike many other auctions, the CWG auction is free and open to the public. You don’t need a liquor license to bid or to attend. However, you will need to have plenty moola in your pocket or your little piece of plastic will have to be heavily loaded to register and secure a bidding paddle before 19th September 2018. A refundable payment of ZAR5K secures your bidding paddle and ZAR1K per person allows you access to the VIP lounge. Average price per case of 6 X 750ml was: ZAR4 464 (2017); ZAR5 697 (2016); ZAR4 210 (2015)
There is still an opportunity to taste the stunning wines if you missed the Showcase in Johannesburg and Cape Town during August. Tickets for the final pre-auction tasting which takes place on the 28th September at Spier can be obtained from Webtickets at ZAR500 per person.
Endurance, stamina, resilience, energy and a reinforced liver is what you’ll need to muster to stay the course till the gavel falls on the last lot – 551 – Grangehurst Auction Reserve 2007. The days before the auction will be filled with CWG dinners and intimate food and wine experiences hosted by Guild members and set at eight different top winery restaurants in the Winelands. Funds raised from a special charity auction at each dinner will be donated to the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust which supports the Guild’s Protégé Programme. The food and wine experiences cost ZAR950 per person and will take place at: Groot Constantia Estate – Constantia; De Grendel Wine Estate – Durbanville; Delaire Graff Estate; Jordan Wine Estate; Rust en Vrede Estate; Haskell Wine Estate; Simonsig Wine Estate and Spier Wine Estate all in Stellenbosch on the 26th September.
The Boules Day, arranged for the 27th September, has been so popular in the past, that a limit of one team per person booking has been set. A three-person team costs ZAR 3 500. If playing boules puts your back out, you can register a foursome for the Golf Day on the same day for just ZAR4 500. Snacks, lunch, a constant flow of booze, prize giving dinner with Guild wines will keep you nourished all day.
NOT JUST AN AUCTION!
The CWG, founded in 1982 comprises 48 members who jointly represent the pinnacle of winemaking excellence in South Africa. Membership is by invitation and is extended to winemakers who have produced outstanding wines for a minimum of five years and are actively involved in the cellar from harvest to bottling.
The CWG Protégé Programme gives both aspirant winemakers and viticulturists the opportunity to be nurtured, mentored and empowered by Guild members. The ongoing programme is designed to ensure transformation and sustainability of the industry. To date 24 Protégés have participated in the programme.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 852 0408 for registration and telephonic and proxy bidding options.