‘Young Guns’ raise R340,000 for charity at the Cape Wine Auction

Excitement surrounding South Africa’s new generation of ‘Young Gun’ winemakers reached a fever pitch at Saturday’s AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction. The ‘Walker Bay Young Guns Lot’, in collaboration with Wine Cellar, achieved a startling R340,000 at the auction, which donates proceeds to educational charities in the Cape winelands.
We first introduced the Young Guns concept in 2011 and, four years later, yesterday’s Young Guns have become today’s stars! A celebration of innovation and exciting new winemaking talents, our annual ‘Young Guns’ tastings showcase young South African winemakers who are pushing the boundaries, breaking the rules and creating their own cutting-edge wines with personality and energy.
The Cape Wine Auction Young Guns lot comprised a 90-bottle collection of wine from past Young Gunners such as Chris Alheit, Peter-Allan Finlayson, John Seccombe and Marelise van Rensburg, along with other top wines from the first 4 Young Guns events. It also included a sunset-beach tasting and seafood braai, as well as 8 tickets to Young Guns 5. The lot went under the hammer at Boschendal Estate on Saturday, where 34 lots raised more than R10.5 million for charity.
R340 000 is an incredible price for the Young Guns lot, considering that these winemakers have only been around for a few years. It raised more than that of prestigious estates and famous names.
The Young Guns 5 tastings will be held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in the first week of June. The events place the latest group of Young Guns in front of 500 eager tasters in an interactive tasting filled with music, wine and lots of fun.
Online bookings (and full details) will be available on www.winecellar.co.za from 1 April.

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