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.