Bonhams Hosts Cape Winemakers Guild Auction for Second Year

London – Bonhams is to host the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction for the second year running. The live auction will take place on Saturday 2 October at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street. Bidders will be able to attend in person, bid by telephone, or online. They can also leave a commission bid in advance of the sale. As in 2020, it has not been possible to hold the auction live in South Africa because of Covid restrictions.

Each lot in the annual sale, which is being held for the 37th time, has been produced exclusively for the auction by CWG members. There are 485 lots on offer consisting of either 36, 24 or 12 bottles. Additionally, there are a number of magnums available in lots of six and 12 per lot.

Bonhams is also hosting an online only sale to raise money for the Guild's Protégé Programme. This auction is now live, and closes at 1600 (GMT) on Monday October 4th. Lots include rare past auction wines and Protégé produced bottles as well as bespoke wines and wine-related experiences. The money raised will go towards creating meaningful transformation in the South African wine industry through education and mentorship. A three-year sponsored internship has already produced sixteen Graduates who are now making wine professionally.

As a prelude to the 2021 Nedbank CWG Auction on 2 October, Bonhams held a socially distanced wine tasting in London on Wednesday 15 September at which international wine writers and buyers were able to sample the wines in this year's sale. A selection of the wines included in the sale will also be available for tasting from 9.00am on the day of the auction.

Bonhams Global Head of Wine, Richard Harvey, MW said: "We are delighted to be able to host this year's annual CWG auction which is proving an increasingly important way of spreading the word internationally about the quality and diversity of South African wine. Last year we had buyers from Asia and Europe as well as from South Africa itself and I expect a similar level of interest this year."

Bonhams Director of Modern and Contemporary African Art, Giles Peppiatt, who, as in previous years, will be sharing auctioneering duties with Richard Harvey said: "I'm very pleased to be taking part again in this event. It is, of course, sad that circumstances make it impossible to hold the sale live in South Africa, but we know from our experience last year that distance is no object, and I am looking forward to another successful auction."

Formed in 1982, the Cape Winemakers Guild is an association of 45 of South Africa's finest winemakers. CWG plays an important role in the development of the South African wine industry, spearheading innovation and promoting sustainable farming practices.

Every year, CWG members produce small quantities of wine exclusively for the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, which is open to private collectors and to members of the wine trade alike.

24 September 2021

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