Cape Wine Auction 2015 sales rise by 50 percent

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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 the Seychelles and a three-day cruise on a groundbreaking new Powercat, with a private chef.The second best-selling lot fetched 600,000 rand and built-in two signed magnums from South Africa’s Saxenburg Estate and Italy’s Tenuta del Trinoro, plus lunch at Saxenburg and week-long villa stay for four guests near to the Tuscan winey. Close in the rear was ‘The Godfather Lot’, which sold for 550,000 rand and built-in 60 bottles of Paul Cluver Pinot Noir blended by group winemaker Andries Burger, as well as a week-long stay in an 18th century chateau in France’s Loire Valley.All proceeds from the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction will go to education charities in South Africa’s Western Cape.Related Make pleased:Auctions helping South Africa break through 'glass ceiling' Decanter travel guide: Franschhoek, South Africa South African Syrah: panel tasting results

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