It’s Cape Wine Auction time again

Bidders Jan Schliemann, Wendy Appelbaum and Wendy Ackerman share a joke at the 2015 Cape Wine Auction. This years auction takes place on Friday February 10 and Saturday February 11.

The fourth annual Cape Wine Auction takes place on Friday evening February 10 and Saturday February 11, at La Motte Wine Estate and Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschoek.

The R33 million raised in the preceding three auctions was disbursed by the board of trustees to a network of 22 beneficiaries that collaborate to support education in the Winelands. The funding model, deemed to be unique, ensures that 100% of money raised in each auction, is disbursed to beneficiaries.

One such beneficiary is the Spark School in Lynedoch, which came into being when a number of organisations and funders, including the Cape Wine Auction Trust, stepped in to salvage Lynedoch Primary School, which was set to close its doors in 2015.

In just one year, the school was in a position to ensure that the children of the surrounding wine farms would have access to world-class education, care facilities and nutrition, using the Spark model, popularised in Gauteng, where there are 10 such schools.

“Spark Lynedoch is a living example of this collaborative model where the Cape Wine Auction Trust invests in what happens in the classroom, and also alleviates some of the barriers to education,” according to Cape Wine Auction Trust facilitator, Andi Norton.

This year’s auction will see a wide array of donated, bespoke lots, including rare wine collections, exclusive hand-selected local and international wine, and gourmet and travel experiences, go under the hammer.

One lot includes an all-inclusive seven-night stay on the Azur Benguerra Island, just off Mozambique, for four people. The stay includes helicopter transfers as well as 15 cases of wine from Château Pas de Loup situated in France’s Loire Valley.

Rare wines are also incorporated in some of the lots with the first and only Melchior (18 litre bottle) Morgenster Reserve 2010 included in a four day stay at Morgenster Estate in Somerset West, inclusive of airfares and transfers; dinner with owner Giulio Bertrand in the Manor House; and tutored olive and olive oil tastings, as well as private cellar tours.

The beneficiary partners of the Cape Wine Auction are The Pebbles Project, MAD Leadership Foundation, The Click Foundation, Community Keepers, Maranatha Trust, Pinotage Youth Development, Wine Training SA, The Kusasa Project, Hope through Action, Aitsa After Care Centre, Eduvate, Hemel en Aarde Community Project, Cape Winemakers Guild, International Wine Education Centre, Love2Give Skills Academy, The Lunch Box Fund, Spark Schools International and the Anna Foundation.

A limited number of tickets are available to attend the event, priced between R1 850 each (access and participation to the Friday night event only) and R5 000 each (access and participation to the Friday and Saturday events), and can be booked directly via the Cape Wine Auction website at http://www.thecapewineauction.com/tickets

For further information about the auction, its beneficiaries and the auction lots visit
www.capewineauction.com