Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction 2015 Raises Over R10.5 Million

The 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, which took place on Saturday 14th February, ascended to new heights when an astounding R10.565 million was raised for education in the Cape Winelands, achieving a significant 50% increase on the R7.045 million raised at the inaugural 2014 Auction.
The entire proceeds of the 2015 Auction, without offset or deduction, will go to the Auction beneficiaries, charities actively involved with education, from infancy to adulthood, across the Western Cape.

The glamorous two-day affair launched on the evening of Friday 13th February with The American Express Cape Wine Auction ‘Barrel Tasting & Preview’ hosted at The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. Guests embarked on a magical journey through wine, food, opera and magnificent sculpture amidst a fynbos paradise while the sun set over Table Mountain. Eight chefs flown in by sponsor, Relais & Châteaux, produced a memorable evening of culinary excellence.

The excitement culminated with the grand lunch-time Live Auction on Saturday 14th February at The Olive Press, Boschendal Estate’s resplendent new function venue. In an extraordinary day of generosity and glamour, exquisite food and the finest wines, 370 prominent wine aficionados and philanthropists from around the globe were gathered to make a serious difference.

The astonishing line-up of 37 once-in-a-lifetime Auction lots, which came under the enthusiastic hammer of supreme auctioneer, Iain Banner, included: extremely rare local and international wine collections; gourmet dinners with world renowned chefs; unique art pieces; international travel to exotic locations; exclusive private weekend parties and access to the inner sanctum of the South African wine industry. The lots flew off the hammer and the captivating energy raised goose bumps. In an incredible spirit of generosity, the Auction raised a staggering R10.565 million. Generous donations are still coming in from those not lucky enough to get their hands on one of the Auction lots!

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