Bidding concluded at a total of R455 700 in the first Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme Auction this year. Cape Winemakers Guild Members, as well as graduated Protégés, donated wine and wine-related experiences to raise funds for the Protégé Programme which is wholly funded by CWG charity auctions, donations by corporate sponsor Nedbank and donations from outside organizations.

The Guild aims to empower young winemakers from historically disadvantaged backgrounds and create diversity throughout the wine value chain. Bonhams of London hosted the June auction and will continue partnering with the CWG in the next Protégé Auction to be held over a two-week period, from 17 September 2021.

Between 4 and 21 June this year, the Auction saw 113 registrations from across the globe. In total, 57% of the buyers were South African, 34% from the United Kingdom, 3% from the USA, 3% from the United Arab Emirates, and 3% from Australia. The lots comprised unique collections of magnums, wine regions, and stellar vintages that have become sought-after collectors’ items, as well as bespoke wine-related experiences.

Louis Strydom, Chairman of the CWG Development Trust, says the Auction results indicate South African wine buyers’ commitment to support local initiatives and invest in quality South African wines.

“With many Covid challenges during the year, we appreciate the support for the Protégé Programme. Our loyal customers and members are the cornerstones of our continued efforts to transform our industry for a better tomorrow for us all.”

The Protégé Programme was launched in 2006. The aim of this three-year internship is to cultivate the next generation of award-winning winemakers and viticulturists through a fully-funded mentorship and empowerment programme, whilst promoting transformation within the industry.

Since the inception of the Protégé Programme, 24 Protégés have completed the three-year internship and 13 are currently participating in this ongoing programme. Of those who have graduated, 16 now either hold leading winemaking roles or have their own winemaking projects.

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