AfrAsia Cape Wine auction announces 2015 lots

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the fundraising initiative that raised R7 million (€500,000)  for education in the South African winelands at its inaugural 2014 event, has announced the 34 auction lots for the 2015 event.

These “once-in-a-lifetime" auction lots, donated by the Auction Ambassadors, are said to include rare local and international wine collections, gourmet dinners with world renowned chefs, exceptional art pieces, international travel, exclusive private weekend parties, luxury cruises and access to the inner sanctum of the South African wine industry.

The 34 live auction lots can be viewed at The 2015 Auction catalogue is available for download from the website, and will be available in print on December 15 for distribution by auction partner, DHL Express. 

The auction, takes place at lunchtime on the Saturday February 14 the Boschendal Estate. The lunch will be made by Relais & Châteaux chef, Peter Tempelhoff and Christiaan Campbell, executive chef at Boschendal Estate. The organisers say it will be accompanied by some of the greatest hand-selected South African wines, poured only from large format bottles and served in Riedel glassware. 

Guests will be hosted by the auction ambassadors, headed up by the auction’s honorary chairpersons for 2015, John and Erica Platter, founders of the Platter’s wine guide, flag bearer for the SA wine industry.

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction Charity Beneficiaries are committed to changing people’s lives through education. Charity beneficiaries to date include the Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity, the Click Foundation as well as 10 other charities, all of which are focused on education in the winelands from infant development through to technological innovation and tertiary educational endowments.

The Cape Wine Auction Trust is made up of a board of five who bring a broad spectrum of business experience to the Trust. They are: Michael Jordaan, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Wendy Appelbaum, Siobhan Thompson and Michael Ratcliffe. They guide the allocation and the channelling of funds and ensure that all funds raised by the auction are made available in their entirety for charitable purposes, without offset or deduction.

The trustees deliberate the merits of each beneficiary, the respective charities submit proposals for consideration by the trustees, and funds are allocated, on the basis of maximum impact, to charities which have shown that they are properly managed and audited, and that their administrative costs are in order. Follow ups are conducted by the trustees to ensure that the money is well utilised in the manner for which it is intended, and to develop long-term partnerships with the selected charities and grow with them over time.

There are only only 350 tickets. Ticket allocations are by invitation only or through the designated auction ambassadors.