Strong bidding during the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction in South Africa saw total sales rise by 50% on the previous year, with Vrede en Lust, Saxenburg and Paul Cluver wines amongst the top lots.
Total sales from the 37 lots reached 10.56m South African rand ($910,000), said the auction’s organisers. Last year’s sale fetched 7m rand from 40 lots. Similar to several additional auctions of its kind, such as the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival auction in Florida, many of the lots built-in luxury travel and accommodation alongside fine wines.But, the result is a promising sign for those seeking to increase the image of South Africa as a fine wine producer. Top lot in the auction built-in 60 bottles of wines from family-owned Vrede en Lust estate in Franschhoek. The winning bidder paid 800,000 rand for the lot, which also built-in eight return, business class flights from Johannesburg to
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