The 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, to be held at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday, September 29, marks the final hurrah for three founder members.
Up for their last curtain call are Etienne le Riche, Jan Boland Coetzee and Kevin Arnold, who will be participating in the auction for the last time.
This annual South African wine industry showcase presents a meticulously curated collection of rare, individually crafted wines made exclusively for the auction by members of the Cape Winemakers Guild.
Innovative wine making, craftsmanship and consistency of quality is the hallmark of the auction that is open to the public and enjoys a loyal following of wine buyers and private collectors.
Over the past 34 years, Le Riche, Coetzee and Arnold have been part of the auction’s growth in stature from a niche event to the archetype of South African wine making prowess.
The guild was formed in 1982 by a handful of young winemakers with the goal of sharing their resources and knowledge to not only improve the quality of their own wines, but more importantly raise the bar for the industry as a whole. The first auction was held in 1985.
“For me, personally, the auction has always been a binding attempt to make a difference as a group, to give exposure to winemakers who work in isolation and to get international recognition for the quality of South African wines and our country’s winemakers,” says Le Riche, who is looking forward to still being part of the guild as a non-producing member.
“The rigorous selection process for the auction has also served as a driver to create exceptional wines. I will always cherish the camaraderie that the guild has offered.”
Fellow founder member, Coetzee, shares this sentiment: “The opinions of the members, are the most exhilarating way to challenge our ideas through outstanding sensory experiences in wine tastings and to build a support network. My years as part of the guild have helped me to understand the earth’s uniqueness better.”
Arnold describes his Cape Winemakers Guild journey as inspiring, rewarding and challenging: “The past four decades have seen many changes in South Africa on all fronts and the guild has played a leading role in many of these facets in the wine industry.”
Each of these respected legends has a wine on this year’s auction. They form part of the catalogue of 48, comprising 31 reds, 14 whites, two Méthode Cap Classique wines and one port-style wine.
When and where
The 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, conducted by Henré Hablutzel of Hofmeyr Mills Auctioneers for the 21st consecutive year, will be held at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 29 September.
Registration for the auction and VIP lounge will close on Wednesday, 19 September. Telephonic and proxy bidding options are available to those who are unable to attend.