The 40th Nederburg Auction was held on 12th and 13th September and is back to it’s old glory attracting buyers from Europe, US and the East with strong competition from locals. Taiwan was the biggest of the foreign buyers. The total take for the two days was just over R7 million. Not quite double 2013 take on a much reduced quantity. A case of 1979 Nederbug Edelkeur (botrytis wine) sold for R6,444 (£358 for 12 375 ml bottles). Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz 2009 achieved the highest ever price for a single bottle of red wine at R7,333 and the highest white was De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blnc 2005 sold for R 1,333 per bottle.

The programme closed with a charity auction conducted by winemaker Ken Forrester which raised R209,000 . This year’s cause was Hope Through Action.