The Cape Wine Auction 2018 raises R17.5 million for education

SA philanthropic initiative has raised nearly R73 million since it was launched.

CWA_2018._Pic_by_Grant_BushbySaturday, February 10: The 2018 Cape Wine Auction, held at Rustenberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has raised R17.5 million for education in the Cape winelands and has amassed nearly R73 million in its five years of existence.

The day’s highest bid of R750 000 went for the Oneiric French Riviera Lot which included five nights in a private villa in Cannes on the French Riviera for eight people and lunch or dinner in the private dining room of South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s JAN, the award-wining Michelin star restaurant in Nice. Four signed magnum bottles of the sold out First Quantum Grand Reserve Bordeaux style 2011 blend were included in the package.

Other highly-contested lots included a getaway to Azura Benguerra Island in Mozambique and five cases of Chateau Pas de Loup wines from France’s Loire Valley; a sumptuous three-night stay at Morukuru Beach Lodge (opening July 2018) inclusive of a Warwick Estate wine experience and the American Express lot of trip to the BFI London Film Festival, concert tickets for Shania Twain at the O2 and the quarterfinals of the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships in New York.

The Cape Wine Auction – sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth – is regarded as one of the most significant international wine charity auctions ever conceived in South Africa, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education.

The auction has created a benchmark in philanthropy, raising almost R73 million, with all proceeds going to 27 carefully selected beneficiaries, all of whom have had a profound impact on education and the lives of children in the Cape winelands.

“The commitment to giving back, changing lives and sharing good fortune was certainly witnessed in the overwhelming bids raised this year. With this money we can expand our programmes and reach even greater heights from the progress we have achieved so far.” says Darielle Robertson, director of The Cape Wine Auction.

The 2018 auction kicked off with the American Express Barrel Auction on Friday, February 9, at the Tokara Delicatessen on the Tokara Wine and Olive Estate, followed by the main event, the Cape Wine Auction taking place on Saturday, February 10, at the Rustenberg Estate in Stellenbosch.

The idea for the auction was conceived four years ago when Mike Ratcliffe (MD of Warwick and Vilafonté Wine Estates) was inspired by a trip to Auction Napa Valley in the US, a wine auction with the mandate of subsidising health costs.

Back in South Africa he was soon joined by a powerhouse group of trustees, which now includes Paul Cluver, Wendy Applebaum, Raymond Ndlovu, Ken Kinsey-Quick and Siobhan Thompson, and the dream of making a real difference soon became a reality. The CWA trustees instituted a new model of distribution for the auction proceeds, with greater collaboration amongst the 27 organisations who receive assistance, to optimise productivity by eliminating duplication and concentrating on key areas of expertise.

“The enormous generosity of those who have attended the auctions has ensured that 50 000 children have benefited in the past five years. We are also proud of the fact that every cent donated goes to the children,” says Appelbaum.

Adds Ratcliffe: “The Cape Wine Auction is gaining momentum, but it is still a baby and Ì have committed 10 years to getting it to where it needs to be. I don’t believe that we have scratched the surface and I would like to see us raising upwards of R100 million in the foreseeable future.

“The Cape Wine Trust has developed such an innovative and transparent methodology with dramatic corporate governance which is now being recognised by charitable trusts, high-net worth individuals and corporate donors. We hope to grow our trust to become a conduit for ‘safe’ donations in the education space.”


ABOUT The Cape Wine Auction
Regarded as the most extraordinary international wine event to be hosted in South Africa and the leading event on the local wine calendar, the Cape Wine Auction (CWA) takes place annually over two days at different wine estates in the Western Cape. Prominent wine aficionados from around the globe, hosted by South Africa’s iconic winemakers, are invited to make a serious difference in aid of charity when the bidding opens once-in-a-lifetime offerings including rare wine collections as well as exclusive hand-selected local and international wine and gourmet and travel experiences. To date it has raised nearly R73 million, with all proceeds raised at the auction, with no deduction, allocated to beneficiaries who make a profound impact on education and the lives of children in the Cape Winelands.

ABOUT The Cape Wine Auction Trust
Established in 2014, the Cape Wine Auction Trust was created to raise money for education in the South African winelands. It is well established that the most effective method for uplifting underprivileged communities is education. This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education – from cradle to career – and the Cape Wine Auction Trust has been established with a clear mandate to raise funds for education in the winelands. To date, the Trust assists 27 beneficiaries within the winelands. The Cape Wine Auction Trust trustees are Wendy Appelbaum, Paul Cluver, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Raymond Ndlovu, Mike Ratcliffe and Siobhan Thompson.


For more on the Cape Wine Auction 2018, please contact JAG Communications:
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