Conservation projects: Cape Winemakers Guild

Each year the prestigious Nedbank CWG Auction showcases the finest and most exclusive wines produced by its talented Guild members. These rare limited edition wines are produced in small volumes exclusively for the auction and strict controls are put to place ensuring these wines are distinct from those offered under the winemakers’ regular labels. The public auction is held annually on the first Saturday of October and affords bidders the opportunity to buy rare and unique collector’s pieces from some of the finest winemakers in South Africa.

The fundraising from the CWG silent auction consists of exquisitely packaged, rare and handcrafted wines prepared by the Guild members for this occasion and donated to the Nedbank CWG Development Trust.

2013 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in Stellenbosch

Photo Courtesy © Nedbank Cape Wine Makers Guild
October 5, 2013 – Showing its prowess as South Africa’s premier wine auction, this year’s record sales totalling R8 401 400 were 46% up on the 2012 turnover of R5,7 million. The auction, which attracted 163 buyers this year, the biggest contingent ever, also set a new record for the highest price per case of R6 200 achieved by the Hartenberg Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010.

“The Guild has become a reputable brand in the South African wine industry and our contribution to the industry as a whole through our social responsibility programmes and the development of future winemakers and industry leaders, is tangible and contributes to our high standing and credibility.”

– Jeff Grier, Chairman of the Cape Winemaker Guild.


Celebrating over 30 years in the art of winemaking, the Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) announced a masterful line-up for the 2013 auction. With limited-edition wines sustainably handcrafted on a small-scale the silent auction hosts an exclusive opportunity to purchase collectibles from the finest cellars in South Africa with funds donated to the Nedbank CWG Development Trust in support of children’s education in disadvantaged communities.


The Guild is currently sponsoring six protégés accomplishing a 3-year internship, in addition to supporting Viticulture and Oenology students in their final year at the Stellenbosch University and Elsenburg Agricultural College as part of the community empowerment initiative of the Protégé program.