In 2014, a group of South African winemakers launched the Cape Wine Auction in a bid to raise funds and support education in the winelands. It has since become one of the most prestigious wine events internationally.
For the first Cape Wine Auction, May de Lencquesaing, founder of Glenelly Estate, was asked to be honorary chairwoman. Her immense experience and participation in numerous charity events around the world made her the ideal candidate for such an occasion. Now in its 4th year, the Cape Wine Auction has grown considerably and has raised a record R71 million for education since its creation.
This year, the trustee board for the Cape Wine Auction was made up of personalities from the wine and finance world who worked together to pull off an extraordinary event: Siobhan Thompson (Wines of South Africa), Paul Cluver (Cluver), Mike Ratcliffe (Warwick), Ken Kinsey-Quick (Blue Diamond Fund), Wendy Applebaum (deMorgenzon) and Raymond Nd (Black Elephant Vintners).
Nicolas and Arthur joined the two-day event to represent Glenelly Estate. The Barrel Auction took place on Friday evening at Tokara. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, guests tasted wines and placed bids on a large and diverse selection of back vintages and exclusive cuvées from the many generous producers. The following day, Glenelly’s neighbouring and historical estate Rustenberg hosted a lunch and an auction. The 400 guests, from the US, Asia and Africa, had the opportunity to bid on 40 stunning lots.
Glenelly’s contribution was Lot35: it included a classic bistro luncheon for 12 at Glenelly’s Vine Bistro with a selection of Glenelly wines, a blending experience with our winemaker Luke, 120 bottles of this blend and a lavish truffle dinner prepared by our Chef Christophe accompanied by several vintages of Pichon Lalande and Lady May. There was a real interest for this lot with several bidders vying to win, including a party from Hong Kong, it was a South African wine enthusiast that finally cinched it for the great sum of R225,000.
The Cape Wine Auction raised a fantastic R17 million this year and Glenelly is delighted to support this cause and hopes to see you at the next edition on 1st & 2nd March 2019. Get ready to bid!