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In 2019 The Nederburg Auction, which was originally conceived in 1975, evolved into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction. The Nederburg Auction’s establishment is inextricably linked with Nederburg’s signature dessert wine, Edelkeur (“Noble Choice”), pioneered and created in 1969 by Günter Brözel, Nederburg’s cellarmaster for 33 years until his retirement in 1989. At the first auction the 1973 and 1974 vintages of the Nederburg Edelkeur were auctioned alongside wines from Delheim, Groot Constantia, Simonsig and Overgaauw. The average price per case achieved for the collection of 15 wines sold was R19.21.

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In 2019 the Nederburg Auction evolved into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, an exciting new chapter in the auctions history. For the first time in its 44 year's it will be moving from Nederburg in Paarl to the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch.

2019 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  18 & 19 October 2019

2018

2018 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  7 & 8 September 2018
Guest Speaker:  Michael Jordaan (Entrepreneur, MD Montegray Capital, Co-Owner Bartinney, ex-CEO of FNB)
Total Guests: 560
Wines on Auction:  107
Producers:  63
Total Cases: 1,525
Total Litres Sold:  6,677
Average Price (per case):  R3,444 (Red = R4,107; Dry White = R1,987; Fortified = R4,086; NLH = R4,464; MCC = R4,935)
Rand per 750ml:  R590 (Red = R685, White = R331; Fortified = R681; NLH = R744; MCC = R823)
Rand per Litre:  R787 (Red = R913, White = R442; Fortified = R908; NLH = R992; MCC = R1,097)
Highest Price White Wine:  R5,000 - Hermanuspietersfontein Nr.5 2012 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R15,000 - Chateau Libertas 1968 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R4,500 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1996 (3 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R21,000 - Monis Collectors Port 1948 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R6,000 - Le Lude Vintage Brut Agrafe 2012 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R5,252,800
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 76%; International = 24%
Charity Auction:  R1,208,000
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2017

2017: 43rd Nederburg Auction

Record prices for both red and white dominated the headlines for the 2017 Nederburg Auction. Ken Forrester's The FMC 2009 went under the hammer for a new white wine record of R11,000 for 6 750ml bottles.

The “belle of the ball” was the Meerlust Bordeaux Blend 1978 which achieved a Nederburg Auction record price of R16,000 per 750ml bottle. These were the last three known bottles of the Meerlust Bordeaux Blend, the precursor to the world-renowned Meerlust Rubicon.

2017 Also saw the return to a one-day only Auction, although the event was still held over two days. The first day, Friday included the pre-Auction tasting and day two, Saturday started early with the Auction followed by a gourmet lunch.

A staggering one million rand was raised for 2017’s Nederburg Auction charity beneficiary, sp(i)eel.

2017 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  15 & 16 September 2017
Guest Speaker:  Michael Fridjhon (International wine judge & leading wine writer)
Total Guests:  620
Wines on Auction:  129
Producers:  65
Total Cases:  2,001
Total Litres Sold:  8,781
Average Price (per case):  R3,249 (Red = R3,821; Dry White = R1,926; Fortified = R1,701; NLH = R5,909; Port = R3,830; MCC = R4,833)
Rand per Litre:  R722 (Red = R849, White = R440; Fortified = R378; NLH = R1,313; Port = R851; MCC = R1,074)
Highest Price White Wine:  R11,000 - Ken Forrester The FMC 2009 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R48,000 - Meerlust Bordeaux Blend 1978 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R9,500 - Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 1982 (6 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R3,800 - Nuy Rooi Muskadel 2010 (6 x 75oml)
Highest Price Port:  R10,000 - Monis Very Old Tawny Port 1989 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R6,800 - Pongrácz Desiderius 2003 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R6,343,750
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 70%; International = 30%
Charity Auction:  R1,010,000
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2016

2016: 42nd Nederburg Auction

Record prices and an all time high Rand per litre price of R740, achieved at the 42nd annual Nederburg Auction, which demonstrated the continuing positive trend of recognition for excellence in aged, fine South African wine.

Red wine performed particularly well, with a 50% increase in the average price per litre to R894/l. The top red wine fetched an unsurpassed R9,777 per litre paid for 1976 Zonnebloem Shiraz, totalling R22,000 for 3 x 750ml bottles.

A total of 18 lots were sold at the annual Nederburg Charity Auction, which raised just over R500 000 for two community-based organisations, theBreytenbach Centre in Wellington and the Hope Through Action project in Paarl. The highest price achieved was R70,000 paid for a single 750ml bottle of Petrus, 1988, signed by Christian Moueix that was donated by auctioneer Anthony Barne MW.
 

2016 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  16 & 17 September 2018
Guest Speaker:  Tim Atkin MW (Award-wining wine writer and internationally recognised wine expert)
Total Guests:
Wines on Auction:  146
Producers:  79
Total Cases:  2,228
Total Litres Sold:  10,275
Average Price (per case):  R3,409 (Red = R4,577; Dry White = R1,969; Fortified = R3,224; NLH = R2,063; Port = R4,115; MCC = R2,435; Semi-sweet = R3,500)
Rand per Litre:  R740 (Red = R894, White = R442; Fortified = R1,105; NLH = R898; Port = R1,065; MCC = R498)
Highest Price White Wine:  R4,500 - De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 1993 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R22,000 - Zonnebloem Shiraz 1976 (3 x 375ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R3,800 - Lanzerac Muscat d'Alexandrie 1984 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R8,500 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1979 (6 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R42,000 - Joubert-Tradauw Jaubert Family Muscat 1800 (1 x 275ml)
Highest Price Port:  R9,500 - Monis Port 1948 (Single and Double Seal) (2 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R3,500 - JC Le Roux Scintilla 2003 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R7,593,200
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 77%%; International = 23%
Charity Auction:  R511,033
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2015

2015: 41st Nederburg Auction

Joubert-Tradauw’s Jaubert Family Muscat, the oldest wine ever to feature on the Nederburg Auction, sells for R42 500. With a bottle size of 275ml, that equates to about R155 per sip!  

2015 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  11 & 12 September 2015
Guest Speaker:  Robert Josef (Chairman of the Wine Institute of Asia)
Total Guests:  439
Wines on Auction:  129
Producers:  67
Total Cases:  1,805
Total Litres Sold:  10,705
Average Price (per case):  R3,414 (Red = R4,048; Dry White = R2,238; Fortified = R4,863; NLH = R2,262; Port = R4,521; MCC = R1,939; Semi-sweet = R-)
Rand per Litre:  R576 (Red = R588, White = R435; Fortified = R912; NLH = R618; Port = R1,292; MCC = R496)
Highest Price White Wine:  R4,200 - De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay 2009 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R8,500 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1965 (3 x 375ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R-
Highest Price NLH:  R6,000 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1982 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R42,500 - Joubert-Tradauw Jaubert Family Muscat 1800 (1 x 275ml)
Highest Price Port:  R12,000 - KWV Limited Release Port 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R2,800 - Pongracz Desiderius 2002 (6 x 750ml) & Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2009 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R6,163,000
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 74%; International = 26%
Charity Auction:  R274,000
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2014

2014: 40th Nederburg Auction

The 40th edition of the Nederburg Auction proves to be a breakthrough year, with record prices achieved and no unsold lots. Despite tough local market conditions, bidding illustrates a strong demand for top-tier wines, closing on an overall sales result of just over R7 million. What a way to celebrate 40 years of the Nederburg Auction.

2014 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  12 & 13 September 2014
Guest Speaker:  Peter Godden (Winemaker and researcher, Vice President of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology)
Total Guests:  520
Wines on Auction:  111
Producers:  67
Total Cases:  1,865
Total Litres Sold:  11,721
Average Price (per case):  R3,779 (Red = R4,515; Dry White = R1,992; Fortified = R2,111; NLH = R3,597; Port = R3,395; MCC = R-; Semi-sweet = R2,880)
Rand per Litre:  R597 (Red = R642, White = R425; Fortified = R278; NLH = R844; Port = R755; MCC = R-)
Highest Price White Wine:  R6,000 - DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc (3 x 1.5L)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R5,500 - Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz 2009 (1 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R3,200 - Nederburg Private Bin S354 Gewürztraminer SLH 2000 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R29,000 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1979 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R3,500 - Bolas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2004 (6 x 75oml)
Highest Price Port:  R22,000 - Nederburg Port 1964 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R-
Total Income:  R7,001,600
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 80%; International = 20%
Charity Auction:  R209,000
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2013

2013

A new panel of local and international judges

A smaller, new-look panel of local and international judges are appointed to select the wines for the 39th Auction, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of wines and total volumes on offer from 2012. Despite the reduction in volumes, auction sales see a 91% increase in price per litre paid at the event. The average price per litre achieved is R354.64, compared to R184.78 in 2012. Click Here to view the new Nederburg Auction judging panel.

2013 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  6 & 7 September 2013
Guest Speaker:  Joseph Roberts (One of the most influential and popular wine bloggers in the US and founder of the award winning 1WineDude.com)
Total Guests:  622
Wines on Auction:  132
Producers:  81
Total Cases:  2,062
Total Litres Sold:  12,291
Average Price (per case):  R2,148 (Red = R2,674; Dry White = R1,105; Fortified = R1,330; NLH = R2,671; Port = R3,562; MCC = R1,300; Semi-sweet = R1,906)
Rand per Litre:  R355 (Red = R399, White = R202; Fortified = R285; NLH = R705; Port = R576; MCC = R289)
Highest Price White Wine:  R4,800 - De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 1993 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R22,000 - Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1973 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R3,000 - Signal Hill Crème de Tête (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R9,000 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1980 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R3,000 - KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo (1 x 75oml)
Highest Price Port:  R17,000 - Monis Collectors Port 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,300 - Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut MCC 2005 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R4,358,860
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 63%; International = 37%
Charity Auction:  R96,500
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2012

2012

Chenin Blanc Association debuts at the Nederburg Auction.

A special selection of six chenin blancs, rated five stars by Platter, are part of the 2012 Nederburg Auction. The proceeds from this snapshot of South Africa's top chenins go to the Chenin Blanc Association to promote the planting and production of high quality chenin blanc. Click Here to view Chenin's Rise to Fame.

2012 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  28 & 29 September 2012
Guest Speaker:  Mike Vesth (Best selling US author and wine expert. Regarded as an authority on the political economy of globalisation and the global wine market. Editor of The Wine Economist blog. Author of more than a dozen books including best selling Wine Wars.)
Total Guests:  812
Wines on Auction:  158
Producers:  77
Total Cases:  4,456
Total Litres Sold:  25,444
Average Price (per case):  R880 (Red = R1,426; Dry White = R739; Fortified = R490; NLH = R1,021; Port = R1,980; MCC = R1,404; Semi-sweet = R-)
Rand per Litre:  R185 (Red = R209, White = R117; Fortified = R122; NLH = R235; Port = R298; MCC = R312)
Highest Price White Wine:  R433 - De Wetshof Bateleur Chardonnay 2008 (4 x 1.5L)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R16,000 - Chateau Libertas (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R-
Highest Price NLH:  R5,000 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1980 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R780 - Rietvallei 1908 Muscadel 2002 (6 x 375ml)
Highest Price Port:  R8,200 - KWV Reserve Port 1929 (1 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,500 - J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2001 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R4,670,000
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 60%; International = 40%
Charity Auction:  R157,700
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2011

2011 (2)

Port is in demand

This time a record R68 000 is paid for a single case of 6 x 750 ml bottles of Monis Collectors Port 1948 (R11 333 per bottle), once again bought by Mr Obi Josephat Ndibe.

2011 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  16 & 17 September 2011
Guest Speaker:  David White (named "Best New Wine Blog" at the annual Wine Blog Awards. Member of the Society of Wine Education Educators and founding member of the American Wine Consumer Coalition. Base in Washington DC, USA)
Total Guests:  900
Wines on Auction:  159
Producers:  69
Total Cases:  4,203
Total Litres Sold:  27,806
Average Price (per case):  R992 (Red = R1,706; Dry White = R897; Fortified = R1,076; NLH = R1,260; Port = R1,140; MCC = R1,566; Semi-sweet = R-)
Rand per Litre:  R220 (Red = R241, White = R133; Fortified = R224; NLH = R288; Port = R818; MCC = R269)
Highest Price White Wine:  R633 - De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2006 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R6,666 - Chateau Libertas 1961 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R-
Highest Price NLH:  R833 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1979 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R6,500 - KWV Muscadel 1930 (1 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R68,000 - Monis Collectors Port 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,375 - Graham Beck Brut MCC 1994 (1 x 1.5L)
Total Income:  R6,133,840
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 62.5%; International = 37.5%
Charity Auction:  R183,100
Auction Manager:  Dalene Steyn

2010

2010

A hat-trick of firsts

1. New auctioneer, Anthony Barne MW from Bonhams in the UK takes up the Nederburg Auction gavel.
2. For the first time in the 36-year history of the Nederburg Auction, private buyers have an opportunity to bid for wines by means of a simple registration process with The Bergkelder Vinotèque Wine Bank.
3. A record R62 000 is paid for a single case of 6 x 750 ml bottles of Nederburg Port 1964 (R10 333 per bottle) bought by Nigerian businessman and importer of wine, Mr Obi Josephat Ndibe

2010 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  3 & 4 September 2010
Guest Speaker:  Sara Norell, Head of Purchasing in the Supply Chain Management. Marie Nygren, Vice President and Director of purchases and Supply Chain Management. Both from Systembolaget, Sweden)
Total Guests:  963
Wines on Auction:  162
Producers:  81
Total Cases:  5,594
Total Litres Sold:  33,770
Average Price (per case):  R1,084 (Red = R1,178; Dry White = R709; Fortified = R854; NLH = R1,170; Port = R2,150; MCC = R1,347; Semi-sweet = R-)
Rand per Litre:  R168 (Red = R168, White = R122; Fortified = R214; NLH = R301; Port = R348; MCC = R224)
Highest Price White Wine:  R2,600 - De Wetshof Unfiltered Chardonnay 2006 (4 x 1.5L)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R5,200 - Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 1972 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R-
Highest Price NLH:  R9,500 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1977 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R5,800 - KWV Muscadel 1930 (1 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R62,000 - Nederburg Port 1964 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,400 - Pongracz Desiderius 2001 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R5,683,810
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 70%; International = 30%
Charity Auction:  R169,500
Auction Manager:  Miems Gordon

2009

2009

“Today, praise be to God, wine was pressed for the first time from Cape grapes” – Jan van Riebeeck, 2 February 1659

The 35th annual Nederburg Auction pays tribute to 350 years of wine making in the Cape.

2009 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  11 & 12 September 2009
Guest Speaker:  Tshedso Matona (Director General of the Department for Trade and Industry, he was instrumental in trade negotiations in the Wine & Spirits Agreement)
Total Guests:  1,075
Wines on Auction:  156
Producers:  73
Total Cases:  5,739
Total Litres Sold:  32,695
Average Price (per case):  R840 (Red = R918; Dry White = R598; Fortified = R416; NLH = R829; Port = R1,134; MCC = R427; Semi-sweet = R-)
Rand per Litre:  R123 (Red = R126, White = R94; Fortified = R93; NLH = R188; Port = R210; MCC = R95)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,500 - Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2006 (6 x 750ml) & Vergelegen White 2006 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R23,000 - Chateau Libertas 1959 (6 x 375ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R-
Highest Price NLH:  R3,500 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1979 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R620 - Boland Kelder White Muscadel 1996 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Port:  R11,000 - Monis Port 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R550 - Old Vintage Brut 2004 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R4,021,920
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 78%; International = 22%
Charity Auction:  R208,300
Auction Manager:  Miems Gordon

2008

2008 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  19 & 20 September 2008
Guest Speaker:  Dr Monika Christmann (Professor at Geisenheim Research Centre in Germany, Head of Oenology and Wine Technology Department)
Total Guests:  1,200
Wines on Auction:  178
Producers:  89
Total Cases:  5,688
Total Litres Sold:  33,941
Average Price (per case):  R872 (Red = R977; Dry White = R617; Fortified = R344; NLH = R906; Port = R1,054; MCC = R1,200; Semi-sweet = R-)
Rand per Litre:  R141 (Red = R151, White = R104; Fortified = R77; NLH = R207; Port = R157; MCC = R267)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,800 - Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2003 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R7,000 - Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1964 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R-
Highest Price NLH:  R5,800 - Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1992 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R620 - Boland Kelder White Muscadel 1996 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Port:  R21,000 - Monis Port 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,200 - Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc 2001 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R4,790,230
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 77%; International = 23%
Charity Auction:  R227,600
Auction Manager:  Miems Gordon

2007

2007

Fine wine makes a wider foray into the on-consumption market

For the first time in the history of the auction, a restaurant chain takes the top spot, with the Cape Town Fish Market buying wine worth R654 220 (884 cases) – representing more than 12% of total sales.

New record price

The new record price for the rare Monis Collectors Port Stamp Collection 1948 is R20 000 – at R3 333 per bottle, it the highest price ever paid for a Port at the auction.

2007 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  28 & 29 September 2007
Guest Speaker:  Tom Perry (Managing Director: Rioja Wine Exporters' Association, Spain Mutle Mogase, Chairman: Vantage Capital Group and co-founder of Epicurean)
Total Guests:  1,208
Wines on Auction:  143
Producers:  71
Total Cases:  5,287
Total Litres Sold:
Average Price (per case):  R970 (Red = R1,130; Dry White = R578; Fortified = R452; NLH = R1,076; Port = R1,098; MCC = R869; Semi-sweet = R571)
Rand per Litre:  R157 (Red = R173, White = R96; Fortified = R89; NLH = R265; Port = R192; MCC = R193)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,800 - Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R16,000 - Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1967 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R800 - Nederburg Private Bin Muscadel/Chenin Blanc S333 SLH 1998 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R5,000 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1977 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R1,200 - KWV Red Muscadel 1953 (3 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R20,000 - Monis Collector's Port Double Stamp Collection 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,800 - Graham Beck Brut MCC Euro Blanc de Blanc 2001 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R5,130,080
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 77%; International = 23%
Charity Auction:  R386,500
Auction Manager:  Christine Joubert

2006

2006

Everyone loves a quality Port

At the highly successful two-day event of rare and special South African wines the rare collection of six bottles of Monis Collectors Port 1948 sells for R19 000 – at R3 166 a bottle it is the highest price ever paid for a Port wine at the Auction.

2006 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  7 & 8 April 2006
Guest Speaker:  Divas Uncorked (Boston, USA - represented by Stephanie Browne co-founder and president of Divas Uncorked, Karen Holmes Ward, Paula Wright, Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard
Total Guests:  1,306
Wines on Auction:  156
Producers:  86
Total Cases:  6,389
Average Price (per case):  R1,089 (Red = R1,272; Dry White = R764; Fortified = R285; NLH = R873; Port = R1,002; MCC = R768; Semi-sweet = R656)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,400 - Mulderbosch Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2002 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R8,500 - Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1966 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R800 - Nederburg Auction Reserve Gewürz/Weis Riesling 2000 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R1,700 - Nederburg Edelkeur 2003 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R700 - Nuy Red Muscadel 2000 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R19,000 - Monis Collector's Port Double Stamp Collection 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,700 - Graham Beck Brut MCC 1994 (4 x 1.5L)
Total Income:  R6,956,180
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 83.5%; International = 16.5%
Charity Auction:  R134,200
Auction Manager:  Christine Joubert

2005

2005

Highest overall sales recorded and farewell to a legendary auctioneer

2005 marks the year that auctioneer Patrick Grubb knocks down 4 955 cases for a record-breaking R7.4 million, a massive increase of 90% compared to the previous year. It is also the year in which he bids farewell to the Nederburg Auction podium after an unbroken 31 year run as the event’s auctioneer - another record that is recognized in the Guinness Book of Records.

2005 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  9 April 2005
Guest Speaker:  Nicolas Joly (owner Le Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières, Loire, France)
Total Guests:  1,573
Wines on Auction:  147
Producers:  92
Total Cases:  4,955
Average Price (per case):  R1,512 (Red = R1,847; Dry White = R949; Fortified = R497; NLH = R1,023; Port = R2,180; MCC = R709)
Highest Price White Wine:  R4,300 - Warwick Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R26,000 - Nederburg Selected Cabernet Sauvignon 1962 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R11,200 - Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1986 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R700 - Nuy Red Muscadel 1998 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R14,500 - Monis Collector's Port Double Stamp Collection 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R1,300 - J.C. Le Roux Chardonnay MCC 1989 (1 x 3L)
Total Income:  R7,490,700
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 92%; Namibia = 3%; International = 5%
Auction Manager:  Julie Cheetham

2004

2004

Madame Bordeaux

May de Lencquesaing, owner of both Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - one of the most famous estates in the Medoc region in Bourdeaux (and Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch) delivers the opening address. She is only the third woman to do so in the Auction’s 30-year history.

2004 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  2 & 3 April 2004
Guest Speaker:  May de Lencquesaing, Château Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande, Bordeaux, France
Total Guests:  1,795
Wines on Auction:  178
Producers:  102
Total Cases:  7,977
Average Price (per case):  R843.36 (Red = R958.10; Dry White = R492.67; Fortified = R222.50; NLH = R846.56; Port = R1,081.07; MCC = R462.72; Semi-sweet = R369.80)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,600 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2001 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R6,200 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1964 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R370 - Auction Reserve Gewürz/Weisser Riesling SLH Private Bin S354 2000 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R1,800 - De Wetshof Edeloes 1998 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R410 - Nuy White Muscadel 1997 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R12,000 - Monis Collector's Port Stamp Collection 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R530 - J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir 1990 (1 x 3L)
Total Income:  R6,727,500
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 87%; International = 13%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

2003

2003 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  11 & 12 April 2003
Guest Speaker:  Allan Cheesman (Wine Director, Sainsbury's UK)
Total Guests:  1,598
Wines on Auction:  175
Producers:  96
Total Cases:  8,558
Average Price (per case):  R885.93 (Red = R1,111.88; Dry White = R489.33; Fortified = R266.46; NLH = R853.75; Port = R815.08; MCC = R412.18; Semi-sweet = R324.44)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,250 - Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2001 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R7,000 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1968 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R510 - Nederburg Gewürz/Weisser Riesling SLH Private Bin S354 1999 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R6,600 - Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1986 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R410 - Nuy Red Muscadel 1996 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R7,400 - Monis Port Stamp Collection 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R680 - Pongracz MCC 1992 (1 x 3L)
Total Income:  R7,581,770
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 83%; Namibia = 7%; International = 10%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

2002

2002 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  12 & 13 April 2002
Guest Speaker:  Marchese Piero Antinori, Antinori, Italy
Total Guests:  1,576
Wines on Auction:  157
Producers:  84
Total Cases:  8,512
Average Price (per case):  R862.66 (Red = R1,084.36; Dry White = R422.49; Fortified = R354.96; NLH = R782.52; Port = R465.94; MCC = R332.56; Semi-sweet = R292.87)
Highest Price White Wine:  R2,700 - Vergelegen Chardonnay Reserve 1999 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R12,000 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1966 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Semi-sweet:  R430 - Nederburg Muscadel / Chenin Blanc SLH 2002 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R1,800 - De Wetshof Edeloes 1998 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R580 - Boland White Muscadel 1993 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Port:  R2,700 - Monis Port Stamp Collection 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price MCC:  R680 - Pongracz MCC 1990 (1 x 3L)
Total Income:  R7,342,970
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 82.5%; Namibia = 6.5%; International = 11%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

2001

2001

A million rand’s worth of fine wine

For the second time in the history of the Auction, a single buyer tops the R1-million mark when SPAR buys R1,23-million worth of wine, accounting for 19.1% of total sales.

2001 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  6 & 7 April 2001
Guest Speaker:  Zelma Long (owner Zelphi Wines, Healdsburg, California; Long Vineyards, Napa, California; Simony Wines, South Africa; Sibyl Winery, Germany)
Total Guests:  1,672
Wines on Auction:  141
Producers:  70
Total Cases:  8,696
Average Price (per case):  R741.68 (Red = R986.04; White = R494.28; Fortified = R348.07)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,000 - De Wetshof Chardonnay D'Honneur 1998 (6 x 1.5l)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R6,400 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1964 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R3,300 - Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1987 (6 x 500ml)
Highest Price Port:  R3,100 - Monis Collectors Port Paarl 300 Anniversary 1961 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R6,449,640
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 84%; Namibia = 7%; International = 9%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

2000

2000

Merging of two companies

Following the merger of Distillers Corporation and the Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery, Nederburg becomes part of the Distell group.

2000 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  7 & 8 April 2000
Guest Speaker:  Shin Torii (President, Suntory International, Japan)
Total Guests:  1,666
Wines on Auction:  141
Producers:  64
Total Cases:  8,511
Average Price (per case):  R689.31 (Red = R959.68; White = R424.87; Fortified = R599.70)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,500 - Thelema Chardonnay Reserve 1997 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R5,000 - Zonnebloem Cabernet/Shiraz/Pinotage 1974 (SFW 75th Anniversary Collection) (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R860 - Neethlingshof Rhine Riesling Noble Late Harvest 1990 (6 x 375ml)
Highest Price Port:  R2,400 - Nederburg Private Reserve Port 1964 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R5,866,690
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 86%; Namibia = 6%; International = 8%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1999

1999

A good year to celebrate a silver jubilee

The auction celebrates its silver anniversary with record sales totalling over R5 million for 124 wines from 58 participants, with an average price of R800.87 achieved. Shoprite/Checkers are the top buyers, purchasing R527 400 worth of wine and representing 9.51 % of total sales. The R1-million mark is passed on the first day of bidding in just under an hour.
1999 (2)

From Nurse to Winemaker

Aspiring winemaker Marianne Katts, a former nurse, is the recipient of a winemaking bursary and becomes the first female wine assistant and quality controller for Nederburg wine farm. The bursary is jointly funded by legendary auctioneer Patrick Grubb and the Nederburg Auction. Marianne travelled to Australia to participate in various wine courses at the Marray Institute at the University of Adelaide in Barossa Valley.

1999 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  19 & 20 March 1999
Guest Speaker:  Günter Brösel (former cellar master of Nederburg, creator of the famous Nederburg Edelkeur)
Total Guests:  1,655
Wines on Auction:  124
Producers:  58
Total Cases:  8,501
Average Price (per case):  R652.32 (Red = R785.78; White = R415.90; Fortified = R567.45)
Highest Price White Wine:  R1,800 - Glen Carlou Chardonnay Reserve 1997 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R6,200 - Lanzerac Pinotage (Vintage Selection) 1964-1969 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R1,500 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1996 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Port:  R3,100 - KWV Vintage Port 1929 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R5,545,370
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 84%; Namibia = 7%; International = 9%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1998

1998 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  4 April 1998
Guest Speaker:  Allen Shoup (President, Stimson Lane Vineyards & Estates, Washington State, USA)
Total Guests:  1,504
Wines on Auction:  114
Producers:  45
Total Cases:  9,217
Average Price (per case):  R510.64 (Red = R632.53; White = R335.63; Fortified = R360.46)
Highest Price White Wine:  R740 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 1995 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R1,850 - Warwick Trilogy 1998 (3 x 1.5l) & R3,700 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1969 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R450 - Neethlingshof Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 1998 (6 x 375ml)
Highest Price Port:  R3,700 - Monis Collectors Port 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R4,706,575
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 69%; Namibia = 6%; International = 25%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1997

1997

Namibia becomes big buyer at the Nederburg Auction

The percentage of sales from buyers in Namibia jumps from 0.97% in 1996 to 7.17% in 1997. Buyers from Namibia accounted for 10.4% of the total sales at the 2013 Nederburg Auction, cementing their presence as key buyers at the event.

1997 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  22 March 1997
Guest Speaker:  L'ubomir Vitek (President, Wine Producers Union, Slovak Republic)
Total Guests:  1,424
Wines on Auction:  116
Producers:  47
Total Cases:  9,948
Average Price (per case):  R442.52 (Red = R544.42; White = R315.55; Fortified = R260.72)
Highest Price White Wine:  R660 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 1994 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R4,300 - Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 1982 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R500 - Neethlingshof Rhine Riesling Noble Late Harvest 1990 (6 x 375ml)
Total Income:  R4,402,227
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 53%; Namibia = 7%; International = 40%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1996

1996 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  30 March 1996
Guest Speaker:  Philip Gregan (Wine Institute of New Zealand)
Total Guests:  1,402
Wines on Auction:  112
Producers:  45
Total Cases:  9,816
Average Price (per case):  R342.87 (Red = R390.21; White = R287.17; Fortified = R210.29)
Highest Price White Wine:  R570 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 1993 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R4,600 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1965 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R500 - Neethlingshof Rhine Riesling 1990 (6 x 375ml)
Highest Price Fortified:  R1,650 - KWV Late Bottled Vintage Muscadel 1930 (4 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R3,345,965
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 55%; Namibia = 1%; International = 44%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1995

1995 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  8 April 1995
Guest Speaker:  Prof. Alejandro Hernandez (President OIV, Chile)
Total Guests:  1,360
Wines on Auction:  107
Producers:  39
Total Cases:  9,201
Average Price (per case):  R316.11 (Red = R352.38; White = R258.95; Fortified = R240.38)
Highest Price White Wine:  R420 - Glen Carlou Chardonnay 1991 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R5,000 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1968 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R820 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1991 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Port:  R2,300 - KWV Port Limited Release 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R2,908,530
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 59%; Namibia = 2%; International = 39%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1994

1994 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  26 March 1994
Guest Speaker:  Robin Day (Orlando Wyndham Group, Australia)
Total Guests:  1,348
Wines on Auction:  99
Producers:  34
Total Cases:  8,637
Average Price (per case):  R238.63 (Red = R291.85; White = R181.53; Fortified = R149.94)
Highest Price White Wine:  R300 - Glen Carlou Chardonnay 1990 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R2,400 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1967 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price NLH:  R540 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1990 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Port:  R1,000 - Monis Collectors Port 1948 (6 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R2,061,041
Breakdown by % of sales:  SA = 52%; Namibia = 1.5%; International = 46.5%
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1993

1993

The shape of things to come

The supermarket trade enters the wine arena - top buyer is Shoprite/Checkers with 8.7% of total sales, followed by Makro with 5.6% and Far Live Trading of Taiwan with 4.4%.

1993 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  3 April 1993
Guest Speaker:  Christian Bizot (Bollinger Champagne, France)
Total Guests:  1,349
Wines on Auction:  88
Producers:  30
Total Cases:  9,021
Average Price (per case):  R175.32 (Red = R217.57; White = R125.63; Fortified = R151.94)
Highest Price White Wine:  R540 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 1989 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R3,000 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1968 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R1,581,559
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1992

1992

Highest bid on charity Item

A record bid of R230 000 for one single item is achieved in aid of charity at the close of the auction. It is paid by the late Mr Graham Beck of Bellingham/Madeba Farms, for a bottle of Robert Mondavi Cabernet Reserve 1979 (1.5L)

1992 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  4 April 1992
Guest Speaker:  Robert Mondavi (Napa Valley, California)
Total Guests:  1,601
Wines on Auction:  121
Producers:  33
Total Cases:  10,489
Average Price (per case):  R201.29 (Red = R300.36; White = R124.57; Fortified = R150.66)
Highest Price White Wine:  R345 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1988 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R3,500 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1967 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R2,111,300
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1991

1991 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  13 April 1991
Guest Speaker:  Robert Drouhin (Maison Joseph Drouin, Beaune, France)
Total Guests:  1,605
Wines on Auction:  93
Producers:  32
Total Cases:  8,152
Average Price (per case):  R244.17 (Red = R344.80; White = R183.86; Fortified = R146.98)
Highest Price White Wine:  R820 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 1986 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R8,000 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1969 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R1,990,465
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1990

1990 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  31 March 1990
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Paul Pontallier (Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux, France)
Total Guests:  1,602
Wines on Auction:  91
Producers:  26
Total Cases:  7,889
Average Price (per case):  R236.00 (Red = R341.33; White = R158.75)
Highest Price White Wine:  R880 - Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 1987 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R7,100 - Rustenberg 1974 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R1,861,836
Auction Manager:  Bennie Howard

1989

1989

First woman to address the Auction

Marimar Torres is the first woman to address the auction. The proprieter and winegrower for Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery in California, Marimar is originally from Barcelona in Spain and has lived in California since 1975.

1989 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  15 April 1989
Guest Speaker:  Marimar Torres (Torres Wines, Spain & North America)
Total Guests:  1,606
Wines on Auction:  101
Producers:  32
Total Cases:  11,189
Average Price (per case):  R204.35 (Red = R323.52; White = R127.83)
Highest Price White Wine:  R610 - Nederburg Chardonnay 1987 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R4,300 - Lanzerac Pilotage 1969 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R2,286,477
Auction Manager: Astrid Jackson

1988

1988 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  14 April 1988
Guest Speaker:  Jean Hugel (Hugel et Fils, Alsace, France
Total Guests:  1,752
Wines on Auction:  84
Producers:  22
Total Cases:  10,216
Average Price (per case):  R191.41 (Red = R269.39; White = 125.57)
Highest Price White Wine:  R265 - Nederburg Chardonnay 1985 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R10,500 - Lanzerac Pilotage 1969 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R1,955,482
Auction Manager:  Sue Wardrop

1987

1987

A wine first

Heralding the Chardonnay wine cult, Nederburg introduces the first Chardonnay onto the auction - a 1984 vintage.

1987 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  4 April 1987
Guest Speaker:  Paul Bouchard (Bouchard Aine Et Fils, Beaune, France)
Total Guests:  1,675
Wines on Auction:  67
Producers:  22
Total Cases:  9,704
Average Price (per case):  R147.49 (Red = R209.97; White = R99.09)
Highest Price White Wine:  R282 - Nederburg Chardonnay 1984 (6 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R1,100 - Lanzerac Pinotage 1968 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R1,431,307
Auction Manager:  Sue Wardrop

1986

1986

Founder of international auction addresses the Nederburg Auction

The internationally respected winemaker, author and academic, Dr Hans Ambrosi from the Geisenheim Agricultural Institute, Germany, is the keynote speaker. Founder of the German Wine Academy in 1973, he established the world renowned wine auction at Kloster Ebach on which the Nederburg Auction was based.

1986 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  12 April 1986
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Hans Ambrosi (Geisenheim Agricultural Institue, Germany)
Total Guests:  1,711
Wines on Auction:  66
Producers:  21
Total Cases:  9,517
Average Price (per case):  R111.97 (Red = R149.94; White = R77.32)
Highest Price White Wine:  R340 - Nederburg Eminence 1984 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R3,400 - Zonnebloem Cabernet 1966 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R1,065,647
Auction Manager:  Sue Wardrop

1985

1985 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  20 April 1985
Guest Speaker:  Eugene Louw (Administrator of the Cape)
Total Guests:  1,760
Wines on Auction:  65
Producers:  17
Total Cases:  9,373
Average Price (per case):  R95.13 (red = R159.66; White = R57.08)
Highest Price White Wine:  R410 - Nederburg Eminence 1976 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R8,250 - Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R891,725
Auction Manager:  Sue Wardrop

1984

1984 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  14 March 1984
Guest Speaker:  Tertius Myburgh (Editor, Sunday Times)
Total Guests:  1,612
Wines on Auction:  64
Producers:  18
Total Cases:  6,819
Average Price (per case):  R121.01 (Red = R181.54; White = R79.65)
Highest Price White Wine:  R260 - Nederburg Riesling Edelkeur 1979 & Edelkeur 1981 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R4,000 - Zonnebloem Cabernet 1966 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R825,201
Auction Manager:  Sue Wardrop

1983

1983 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  12 March 1983
Guest Speaker:  Sir De Villiers Graaf (Former leader of the opposition, the United Party)
Total Guests:  1,699
Wines on Auction:  71
Producers:  21
Total Cases:  5,624
Average Price (per case):  R119.15 (Red = R187.33; White = R73.82)
Highest Price White Wine:  R350 - Nederburg Weisser Riesling 1978 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R4,o00 - Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965 (24 x 375ml)
Total Income:  R670,127
Auction Manager:  Sue Wardrop

1982

1982 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  6 March 2018
Guest Speaker:  Prof. Maynard Amerine (University of California, Davis, USA)
Total Guests:  1,850
Wines on Auction:  68
Producers:  15
Total Cases:  4,568
Average Price (per case):  R161.13 (Red = R237.42; White = R125.71)
Highest Price White Wine:  R480 - Nederburg Bukettraube Edelkeur 1979 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R6,150 - Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965 (24 x 375ml)
Total Income:  R719,930
Auction Manager:  Sue Wardrop

1981

1981

First pre-auction tasting

The auction launches a special tasting of some of the products to be offered at the Nederburg Auction. Held in Johannesburg, this first pre-auction tasting is attended by a select group of prospective buyers, including importers and representatives of big retail chains in London and Hamburg.
1981 (2) 1981 (3)

First fashion show at the Nederburg Auction

The first fashion show is held and hosted by Sarie Magazine. The face and model to represent the inaugural showcase is former Miss South Africa and Miss World Anneline Kriel.

1981 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  7 March 1981
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Dawie de Villiers (Min. of Industries, Commerce & Tourism)
Total Guests:  1,761
Wines on Auction:  71
Producers:  17
Total Cases:  5,279
Average Price (per case):  R106.18 (Red = R129.28; White = R96.29)
Highest Price White Wine:  R360 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1979 (12 x 375ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R2,800 - Nederburg Selected Cabernet 1962 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R560,576
Auction Manager:  Dave Johnson

1980

1980

Ratio of Red Wines for sale at the Auction increases

In 1975 only 8% of the wines on auction were red, with the oldest just five years old. Since 1980 the ratio of red wines to other varietals has been consistently rising to reach a level of 40% and more. Red wines auctioned are also much older in age.
1980 (2)

Venue specially built for the Nederburg Auction

The permanent auction hall is built and named after Johann Graue, a previous owner of Nederburg, in recognition of his extensive contribution to quality wine production in South Africa.

1980 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  8 March 1980
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Anton Rupert (Chairman Rembrandt Group)
Total Guests:  2,359
Wines on Auction:  65
Producers:  15
Total Cases:  7,317
Average Price (per case):  R57.44 (Red = R83.21; White = R45.87)
Highest Price White Wine:  R215 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1976 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R410 - Zonnebloem Cabernet 1966
Total Income:  R420,344
Auction Manager:  Johan Deale

1979: The Popularity of the Auction

1979

The Popularity of the Auction

One guest was so desperate to be part of the 1979 Nederburg Auction that, neatly dressed in his tuxedo, he stows away in the boot of an Aston Martin just to be part of the prestigious occasion.

1979 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  3 March 1979
Guest Speaker:  Jimmy Kruger (Min. of Justice, Police & Prisons)
Total Guests:  2,140
Wines on Auction:  55
Producers:  17
Total Cases:  7,038
Average Price (per case):  R73.28 (Red = 86.82; White = R64.99)
Highest Price White Wine:  R410 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1973 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R420 - Nederburg Selected Cabernet 1963 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R515,815
Auction Manager:  Johan Deale

1978

1978 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  4 March 1978
Guest Speaker:  Hendrik Schoeman (Min. of Agriculture)
Total Guests:  2,070
Wines on Auction:  62
Producers:  14
Total Cases:  6,539
Average Price (per case):  R56.41 (Red = R68.59; White = R52.80)
Highest Price White Wine:  R145 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1973 & 1974 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R510 - Nederburg Selected Cabernet 1962 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R368,905
Auction Manager:  Christine Rudman

1977

1977 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  26 March 1977
Guest Speaker:  Hendrik Schoeman (Min. of Agriculture)
Total Guests:  1,455
Wines on Auction:  31
Producers:  11
Total Cases:  5,061
Average Price (per case):  R45.51 (Red = 63.00; White = R35.00)
Highest Price White Wine:  R68 - Nederburg Edelkeur 1974 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R430 - Chateau Libertas 1942 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R230,374
Auction Manager:  Christine Rudman

1976

1976 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  14 February 1976
Guest Speaker:  Hendrik Schoeman (Min. of Agriculture)
Total Guests:  1,200
Wines on Auction:  41
Producers:  9
Total Cases:  6,689
Average Price (per case):  R26.12 (Red = R51.56; White = R20.43)
Highest Price White Wine:  R41 - Nederburg Johann Graue Edelkeur 1973 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R400 - Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965
Total Income:  R174,780
Auction Manager(s): B. Rowland, B. Whitfield, J. Burmeister

1975: In the beginning

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In the beginning

Considered to be the single most important event for the renaissance of the wine industry in the Cape, the Nederburg Auction is created to serve as an incentive to higher wine standards in South Africa, to develop an awareness of premium Cape wines, and to ensure a fair distribution of rare wines. Inspired by events such as Kloster Eberbach and the Hospice de Beaune, and advocated by Lothar Barth, then managing director of SFW, and Jürgen Burmeister, marketing director, the first Auction takes place on 8 March 1975 with five participating wineries and a total of 15 wines on offer.  Source: A Magic Blend. SFW 1925 - 2000, Romi van der Merwe

The Nederburg Auction is also a platform to sell the Nederburg Edelkeur ("Noble Choice"), the brand’s signature dessert wine, created by former Nederburg cellarmaster, Günter Brözel.

“Lunch at the very first Nederburg Auction was a simple affair. Boerewors rolls eaten at trestle tables on the lawn was as elegant as it got”, remembers the visionary Michael ‘Spatz’ Sperling of Delheim, one of the five original producers to participate at the inaugural event.

First SA Wine Auction

Cyril Back from Fairview, together with his wife Beryl, successfully bottled their own wine for the first time in 1974, and initiated the Cape’s first public wine auction as a vehicle to market the fledgling Fairview wines. Their first auction, by all accounts, was a success but never transpired into more than just the first auction.

1975 Auction Facts, Stats & Info

Auction Date:  8 March 1975
Guest Speaker:  Hendrik Schoeman (Min. of Agriculture)
Total Guests:  800
Wines on Auction:  15
Producers:   5
Total Cases:   12,400
Average Price (per case):  R19,21
Highest Price White Wine:  R121 - Nederburg Johann Graue Edelkeur 1973 (12 x 750ml)
Highest Price Red Wine:  R150 - Nederburg Johann Graue Cabernet Sauvignon 1970 (12 x 750ml)
Total Income:  R237,000
Auction Manager(s):  B. Rowland, B. Whitfield, J. Burmeister

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