The Top 10 Best performing lots of 2018

Below is the list of the top ten lots that helped us break records in raising money for education.

The Gift of Giving

The Gift of Giving lots comprised the following (with what each R100 000 contributed will provide):
Lot 1. Nutrition: 35 000 nutritious school lunches to 175 vulnerable children every day.
Lot 2. Psycho-Social Support: 500 hours of counselling for children at their school, by qualified psychologists, counsellors or social workers.
Lot 3. Technology: 20 computers to be installed at a school, facilitated and managed by the Click Foundation.
Lot 4. Staff Training: 44 Pebbles Project permanent employees for a year to ensure the staff stay informed of the latest developments in their respective fields.
Lot 5. Mother-Tongue Instruction: 10 Afrikaans educational computer programmes for after-school projects in the rural Robertson and Montague areas, facilitated by the Anna Foundation.
Lot 6. Empowering Girls Through Technology: Eduvate enrols 20 Grade 10 girl learners from the Stellenbosch area in an 18-month coding programme with Code4CT – an organisation that focuses exclusively on teaching female high school learners to code.
Lot 7. Transport: Transport services to 80 children in the winelands for a year.
Lot 8. Literacy: A reading corner in four classrooms from Grades R to 3 at a school, including books, floor cushions, mats, easels for big books, posters and teacher packs, plus fully-illustrated dictionaries for the children to use.
Lot 9. Training for Early Childhood Development Practitioners: The training of 42 Early Childhood Development practitioners and provide them with resources to run Early Childhood Development programmes.
Lot 10. Pre-School Centre: A pre-school centre for 25 children for an entire year including the provision of educational resources, training for the centre staff, stationery and furniture.

Final bid R 2 900 000

The O N E I R I C French Riviera Lot

Four one-of-a-kind magnums of the Sold Out First Quantum Grand Reserve Bordeaux Style 2011 vintage blend presented in an exquisite custom wooden box, signed and personalised for the winning bidder.
Lunch in the beautifully designed private dining room, MARIA, the latest offering from the Michelin star restaurant JAN, in Nice, France.
Five nights and six days in a private villa in the old city of Cannes, la Cannet, on the French Riviera.

Final bid R 750 000

Experience the Magic of Azura Benguerra Island in Mozambique

Experience an island paradise at Azura Benguerra Island located in Mozambique. Deserted beaches of pure white sand and sparkling turquoise seas set in a Marine National Park. Azura Retreats is offering two of their luxurious Infinity Beach Villas, with private infinity pool and beach front views, best suited for couples. Or their two bedroom en-suite villa, known as Villa Amizade, perfect for families traveling with children.
• Helicopter transfers.
• All meals, local beers, spirits, cocktails and a selection of house wines.
• An island drive and sunset dhow cruise.
• A Mozambican host to look after your every need during your stay.
• Five cases of each of the Chateau Pas de Loup from France’s Loire Valley, including the Cremant, Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc.

Final bid R 700 000

The Morukuru Beach Lodge and Warwick Estate Luxury Wine Weekend Lot

Three-night stay at Morukuru Beach Lodge (opening July 2018) for 2 couples (4 pax)
A low-level whale watching helicopter flight in the sleek Eurocopter EC130 from Cape Town airport to the magnificent De Hoop Nature Reserve.
The Lot includes a unique Warwick and Morukuru food and wine experience, all meals, vintage Warwick wines, soft drinks and 2 guided activities per day.

Final bid R 600 000

American Express® Presents Luxurious break in London to attend the BFI London Film Festival

Included in your experience is the following:
• Two return business class tickets (base fare and carrier imposed fees) between South Africa and London courtesy of SAA Voyager.
• Exclusive Cycad Departure Lounge hospitality at OR Tambo International Airport.
• Chauffeur services within South Africa (departures from Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg).
• Chauffeur service in London to/from the Hotel Cafe Royal.
• Three night bed and breakfast at the Hotel Cafe Royal in Regent Street, London.
• Luxury afternoon tea for two in the historic Oscar Wilde Bar in Hotel Café Royal.
• Two tickets to attend a gala screening as part of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival in October 2018.
• 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points credited to your Membership Rewards Account on your American Express Card (T&Cs apply).
• Tickets to the Quarter Finals of the US Open.

Final bid R 600 000

Paul Cluver Wines and Iona Wine Farm present The Burgundy Selection and Experience

Wine – A selection of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs
1. Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay
2. Iona Chardonnay
3. Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir
4. Iona Pinot Noir
5. Mix Burgundy Pinot Noir from Cluver & Gunn cellars
6. Dog Point
7. Norman Hardie Canada
8. Joseph Phelps
9. Ramey Hide Vineyard Chardonnay,

A guided Burgundy experience by one of the world experts of Burgundy (Remington Norman) includinga trip to Francois Freres Cooper
Brief outline of visits:
· Drouhin in Beaune
· Faiveley in Nuits
· Domain Jacques Prieur
· Frederick Mugnier (TBC)
· Comte de Vogue (TBC)
Planning lunch by Craig Cormack at SALT at Paul Cluver
Includes: Wine as per list above, Burgundy experience guided by Remington Norman, accommodation in France for 3 Nights, Planning lunch at SALT

Final bid R 550 000

Silvan Safari Lodge and Conservation Coast Lot

• Silvan Safari Lodge Luxury Stay for 2 People, with 3 nights accommodation
• Three meals a day & two game drives daily
• Whalehaven Conservation Coast Vertical Wooden Case, including 2 bottles from each year.
• Conservation Coast Chardonnay Vertical – 2012, 2013, 2014
• Conservation Coast Pinot Noir Vertical – 2012, 2013, 2014

Final bid R 525 000

Picarroque & Hawksmoor and French Villa Experience

A week for 12 people at Picarroque, a villa in south west France during June-September 2018, including an invitation to lunch at the owners’ Chateau.

Final bid R 500 000

Where the New World Meets the Old

Where the New World Meets the Old: To bring you this exceptional lot, the multiple award-winning Creation Wines, together with the 5-star Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Walker Bay Region, has teamed up with the lauded winegrower and winemaker Philippe Colin, owner of Topiary Wines in Franschhoek and Chassagne-Montrachet in Burgundy.

Final bid R 500 000

Rickety Bridge Winery presents the Paris and St Tropez Lot

• A six year vertical of Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
• Seven nights accommodation for two couples in a luxury apartment in Paris.
• Seven nights accommodation for seven couples at Les Louves Private Villa, Provence, minutes away from St Tropez.

Final bid R 500 000

De Toren & Tintswalo: A Lot of Absolute Leisure & Luxury

• A hand numbered magnum (1.5L) of each of the Book XVII and The Black Lion 2013 vintage • One of only three ever and the last remaining 5L De Toren Fusion V 2000 Director’s Reserve • The magnificent 9L De Toren Fusion V 2007 and one of only 10 ever produced • The only 3L De Toren Z 2004 ever produced • During the stay at Tintswalo, guests are invited to an exclusive Vintage Tasting of the estate’s prestigious wines, hosted by the proprietor of De Toren Private Cellar, Emil den Dulk • Two incredible nights at Tintswalo Atlantic, accommodating 2 guests sharing and inclusive of airport transfers. Guests will also be spoiled with daily breakfast, selected drinks, two 3-course luncheons, a magnificent seafood dinner and a spectacular 8-course tasting menu experience. • Three spectacular nights at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, accommodating 2 guests sharing. Guests will be treated to drinks, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, two game drives and a neck and shoulder massage during their stay.

Final bid R 500 000

Celebrate the power of Creation with Dom Pérignon, Ellerman House and Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden

A creative force unites Ellerman House – a hotel that describes ‘fine art as its soul’; Dom Pérignon – with its matchless vintages and the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, a garden created by one of South Africa’s most foremost creative artists.

Final bid R 500 000

The Advini & Ken Forrester Experience Lot

The Advini Experience for 6 people includes accommodation on legendary vineyards with cellar tours and outstanding food and wine experiences across six different wineries in France and South Africa. Including all Meals, Wine, Accommodation (4 nights in France and 2 nights in Stellenbosch) and land based transport.

Final bid R 450 000

Idiom “Facets of Youth” Lot with Anton Smit

The world is but a canvas to our imagination. This lot showcases the power of wine and art to both stir the imagination and inspire contemplation. In this unique lot, Idiom Vineyards, the southern most vineyard in the Stellenbosch appellation – has partnered with celebrated artist Anton Smit to create a signature lot that empowers our youth and brings together the best of art and wine. Anton Smit is an internationally renowned South African sculptor whose work explores the notion of man as a medium in constant dialogue with nature. The artist envisions his creations as part of a vital and uninterrupted flux in dialogue with nature. Focusing in this respect on extraordinary singularity, his work shares a raw, earthy qualitative power that feels innately African and communicates powerfully on deep emotional levels. It is also characterized by an overriding structural mastery coupled to fine detailed work. Widely revered for his overwhelming heads and monumental sculptures, Smit lives and works in his native South Africa. His works is present in many public and private collections internationally. “Facets II – Youth”, featuring two reflective faces, is a significant work of over 2 metres in height.

The Bottega Family, proprietors of Idiom, have created a rare collection of 12 hand-signed bottles of Idiom 900 Series Wines, by proprietor Alberto Bottega, highlighting the journey from youth to present day of these wines in a black presentation box. The 900 Series by Idiom are releases of 900 bottles or less, which are considered exceptional enough to warrant special appreciation.

Final bid R 450 000

The Meerlust Rovos Rail Trip of a lifetime

An incredible twenty bottle vertical of Meerlust Rubicon from 1996 – 2015 including the declassified 2002 and 2011. A Rovos Rail trip for two people sharing in a deluxe suite on the Pretoria to Cape Town journey or reverse. The prize is fully inclusive of all meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, the off-train excursions and room service. A private lunch for eight guests at the Meerlust homestead hosted by Hannes Myburgh A weekend getaway for two couples at the “Quarters” on the Meerlust Estate.

Final bid R 400 000

The Magic of Marovasa Be, Madagascar

7 nights accommodation for your group of up to 12 pax at Marovasa Be, a boutique guest house set on a picturesque private beach, located just minutes from the baobab dotted coastline of Moramba Bay.

Final bid R 400 000

Life Membership to Opera House, private members club, opening 2019 in Sandton, Johannesburg

One Opera House Life Membership valued at R350 000 which includes:
• Unlimited access to the club
• An annual dividend over the lifetime membership
• R10 000 food and beverage spend for the first ten years of membership
• Dinner for 6-8 people at your own home, or a private residence in Johannesburg or Cape Town where vintage Vilafonté wine will be paired with a meal cooked on-site by Angelo Scirocco. Angelo is winner of the 2015 San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year in Africa and Middle East; the 2016 Young Rising Star sponsored by Nederburg at the Eat Out Awards, and recently named ‘Man of the Moment’ by GQ.

Final bid R 375 000

The Klein Constantia, Château Angélus and Richard Scott lot

1x Imperiale (6 litres) of Ch Angelus 2011 . Accommodation at Hotel La Cadence in St Emilion with a wine pairing dinner at their star Michelin Restaurant for 2 and lunch the day after at Château Angélus with Fam. De Bouard.
A Richard Scott painting
1 x Dbl Magnum ( No 1 in History) of VDC 2014
1 x Winemaker hosted lunch at Klein Constantia Homestead for 8 pax.

Final bid R 375 000

The Nederburg and Tour de France Experience

A once-in-a-lifetime, five-day experience for two to the 2018 Tour de France with Nederburg, the exclusive premium wine partner of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. The trip includes business class return flights, accommodation, meals and much more.
A state-of-the art Cervelo S5 road bicycle, used by professional cyclist Mark Renshaw, with a value of approximately R64 000.
An exclusive collection of six bottles of Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, awarded the Arcadia trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC)..

Final bid R 400 000