The Cape Wine Auction 2023, in partnership with Mastercard, raised close to R8 million for charity at this year’s event, and has now accumulated over R125 million since the first auction took place in 2014.

This year’s auction was held at the magnificent Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday, February 18, with guests bidding competitively, but generously, for a collection of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and unique collector’s items.

Four of the evening’s most sought after lots made up almost half of the total amount raised! Lot 19, a three-night getaway for eight people staying at the lavish &Beyond Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, was sold twice each time for R1 million, while Lot No 20, an ultra-luxurious safari experience for eight people at the award-winning Cheetah Plains in the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve, also went for R1 million.

Another fiercely-contested lot was Lot 21, a five day stay in Paris and two golden seat tickets to the Rugby World Cup final, courtesy of Mastercard, was sold for R600,000.

The Gift of the Giving Lots also raised a significant amount of money. These are essentially straight-forward donations to charitable causes with no prize/holiday/experience in return and consist of five R10 000 donations, five R25 000 donations, five R50 000 donations and one donation of R100 000, a total of R1,27 million.

The Cape Wine Auction is regarded as one of the most significant international wine charity auctions ever conceived, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education. In its 10-year history, the auction has raised over R125 million, with 100 percent of the proceeds managed by The Cape Wine Auction Trust and distributed amongst carefully selected beneficiaries.

We are absolutely delighted with this year’s results especially given the tough economic times we are going through. The monies raised means the Trust can continue its invaluable work with our beneficiaries, all of whom are dedicated to improving the education and lives of children in the Cape winelands. A big thank you to all our partners, especially Mastercard, as well as to those who donated the fabulous lots and, of course, to those who bid so generously for them.

Darielle Robertson, director of The Cape Wine Auction

We are delighted by the response to this year’s auction, which is testament to the importance of doing well by doing good. Through platforms such as the Cape Wine Auction, we have been able to further make a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it the most. We are proud to be associated with such an esteemed initiative, which has once again afforded us an opportunity to continue being a force for good.”

“Going forward, we need to continue uniting and standing together to continue to come up with innovative and meaningful solutions that are relevant for today and the future.

Gabriel Swanepoel, Country Manager at Mastercard Southern Africa


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

1. Enjoy Three Nights for Eight Guests at the Acclaimed &Beyond Benguerra Island, a Magical Indian Ocean Adventure Haven

The successful bidder will experience three unfortgettable nights with their friends or family (eight guests) at the acclaimed &Beyond Benguerra Island, a magical Indian Ocean adventure haven. Spend your day’s scuba diving, snorkelling, exploring the island, toasting the sunset from a traditional dhow or simply unwinding in the luxurious surrounds of your beautiful casinha.  As well as 2cs Frans K. Smit Red Blend 4*1.5L 2017 from Spier Wine estate.

Final bid: R 1 000 000 x 2
2. The Gift of giving

Support a cause that’s close to your heart! 

Final bid: R 1 270 000 (32 generous contributions)
3. An ultra-luxury safari experience for eight at Cheetah Plains

Indulge in an unparalleled luxury sojourn in the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve. Experience a personalised private safari with three unforgettable nights with friends and/or family (eight guests) at the award-winning Cheetah Plains. Immerse yourself in the wild with zero-emission game-viewing electric vehicles, indulge in curated gastronomic journeys and restore balance in ultimate luxurious surrounds.

Final bid: R 1 000 000
4. Experience Rugby’s Crowning Moment IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS

Experience the thrill of the Rugby World Cup 2023 Final at the Stade de France in Paris! From the time you land at Charles de Gaulle airport, where you will be met by the Mastercard hospitality team and whisked off to your hotel, you won’t need to worry about a thing other than immersing yourself in Paris and enjoying this once in a lifetime rugby experience.

Final bid: R 600 000
5.1 The Ellerman House & Silvan Safari Lodge Getaway

Private and exclusive, Ellerman House offers 13 rooms and suites, a tranquil spa, two ultra-modern villas, indigenous gardens, spectacular Atlantic Ocean views, and easy access to local attractions. Modern cuisine, an interactive cellar of vintage wines, and an extensive art collection, enhance a world-class experience that is authentically South African. 

Final bid: R 400 000
5.2 Lucky Sip by Creation Wines & Guy & Julia Hands

Open Sesame … If you are a connoisseur with a sense of adventure, then this is your lot: a treasure waiting to be yours – quite literally – at your bidding. Creation Wines, in conjunction with philanthropists, Guy and Julia Hands, are delighted to afford the winner of this hugely rewarding lot a vast and eclectic collection of close to a thousand  wines.

Final bid: R 200 000 x 2
7. Singita, DeMorgenzon & Paul Cluver together with Airlink present the Ultimate South African Safari

Singita, DeMorgenzon and Paul Cluver, together with Airlink, are offering the ultimate South African safari. The successful bidder will experience two unforgettable nights for four guests at either Sweni Luxury Lodge or Lebombo Luxury Lodge in the Kruger Park as well as two cases of Paul Cluver 7 Flags and two cases of DeMorgenzon’s The Maestro.

Final bid: R 360 000
8. Hazendal, a Luxury Winelands Escape for 10 Guests on Land and Sea

Enjoy an unforgettable escape in the Stellenbosch winelands with a two-night stay for 10 people in The Homestead, a luxurious exclusive-use villa situated on Hazendal Estate in the Bottelary Hills.

Final bid: R 220 000
9.1 Seven Wonders of the Western Cape by Creation

Seven Wonders of the Western Cape. A world in one region, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and priding itself on world-class hospitality, exquisite cuisine and award-winning wines. Comprising a selection of seven of the finest gems, this lot provides a stairway to all this, plus the opportunity to enrich the lives of the young people of our region. Truly a win-win offer. 

Final bid: R 170 000
9.2 A Magical, Exclusive Food & Wine Experience at JAN Franschhoek on La Motte Wine Estate

An exclusive evening for 16 in JAN Franschhoek, an exceptional, seasonal food and wine experience in a charming historic cottage amidst Franschhoek’s most picturesque lavender fields. The menu of SA’s first Michelin-starred chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, tells a nostalgic food story. Includes a vintage selection of La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier.

Final bid: R 170 000