The Cape Wine Auction, for the greater good


Workers pick red grapes, 09 March 2007, on the Bloemendal Farm, in the Durbanville Hills

Workers pick red grapes, 09 March 2007, on the Bloemendal Farm, in the Durbanville Hills

CAPE TOWN – The Cape Wine Auction, which is held annually to support education in the Winelands, is scheduled to take place February 10 and 11.

This year it's being hosted in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. 

La Motte is the venue for the Friday Barrel Auction, which is sponsored by American Express, and then Anthonij Rupert Wines will host the big-ticket auction on the Saturday (sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth).

Since its inception in 2014, the auction has raised R33-million for education in the Winelands. The proceeds are allocated to 22 beneficiaries who are involved in offering education, meals, after-care, counselling services, career placements and training.

Besides supporting development in the Winelands, the lots offer an impressive line-up of once-in-a-lifetime offerings including rare wine collections as well as exclusive hand-selected local and international wine, gourmet and travel experiences.

Some of the lots include a seven-night stay on the Azur Benguerra Island, just off Mozambique, for four people (includes helicopter transfers as well as 15 cases of wine from Chteau Pas de Loup situated in France’s Loire Valley); and a two-night, all-inclusive stay for six people in the company of businessman Christo Wiese at his exclusive game lodge in the Kalahari. Included in this lot is a private tasting at his Lourensford Wine Estate and 24 bottles of wine.

Success story

One of the beneficiaries is the SPARK School, situated in the Stellenbosch Winelands. In 2015, when the Lynedoch Primary School was set to close, a number of organisations and funders stepped in to ensure that the children of the surrounding wine farms would have access to world-class education, care facilities and nutrition.

The support from the Cape Wine Auction Trust and the University of Stellenbosch's Sustainability Institute has allowed the SPARK School to improve literacy by 55% and maths by 30% – across all grades.

Cape Wine Auction Trust facilitator Andi Norton says that the collaborative approach and first of its kind donor funding model contributed greatly to the outstanding results. – Staff Reporter

A limited number of tickets have been made available to attend this exclusive event. Tickets are priced between R1,850 per person (access and participation to the Friday night event only) and R5,000 per person (access and participation to the Friday and Saturday events), and can be booked directly via the Cape Wine Auction website at