Words by Greg Landman and photos by Corrie de Vries
Members of the Cape Wine fraternity recently raised more than R22 million at an auction for children at the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
The object of the meeting was to bid on a range of goodies at the prestigious Cape Wine Auction. Among the goodies was a three metre tall sculpture by Lionel and Anton Smit, which fetched R1.2 million, and included a wine and dine experience at Idiom in Somerset West.
Guests from all over SA and as far away as the USA, Germany and Sweden were treated to fabulous gourmet cooking from some of the country’s finest chefs, while being entertained by local artists like Zolani Mahola of Freshly Ground.
Bids were hot and furious for exciting travel packages, luxurious accommodation and rare wines. A bespoke wine experience in Napa Valley USA went for a sensational R3 million – the highest bid achieved since the event began in 2014.
All of the proceeds will be handed to 22 recipients who make a profound impact on the education and lives of children in the Cape Winelands.
The presence of philanthropist, Wendy Appelbaum, who seemed to be enjoying herself no end, signalled the serious intentions of this extremely worthy event.