Tsogo Sun took top honours as the highest bidder for the fourth consecutive year at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction (CWG), purchasing just under R1.7 million worth of the coveted wines which are made exclusively for the auction by members of the Guild.

Representing around 12% of the total sales of R13 223 200, Tsogo Sun purchased a total of 2 208 bottles of 20 of the finest, most sought-after and rarest South African wines, which will add to the overall dining experience in Tsogo Sun’s fine restaurants for guests.  The line-up on auction included 61 wines, with 42 red wines, 19 white wines and a Méthode Cap Classique.

Tsogo Sun’s purchases include a selection of reds, such as the Tokara CWG Tribute Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Groot Constantia Estate CWG Gouverneurs Auction Reserve Constantia 2014, right through to some exceptional white varietals, such as the Beaumont Family Wines CWG Bot River Chenin Blanc Demi Sec 2016 and Paul Cluver Estate CWG The Wagon Trail Elgin Chardonnay 2016.

Says Ravi Nadasen, COO of Tsogo Sun Hotels, “Tsogo Sun is all about escaping to great experiences. Our strategy, as in previous years was to seek out the best of the best of the 61 wines on offer to. Our selection process is rigorous, with wines tasted up to three times before the auction, both sighted and blind. On the day, our aim was to reach the best possible price per case and we bid strategically as a team to achieve Tsogo Sun’s objective of providing our guests with great experiences in wine.”

Miguel Chan, Tsogo Sun’s Group Sommelier, comments, “The purchases from this year’s Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild auction will add depth to Tsogo Sun’s existing cellar of auction wines in terms of styles and variety as well as a diversity of prices to suit the budget of our diners. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal wine fundi’s; the support of our guests over the last six months has seen over two thirds of our previous auction purchases being sold out.”

The 2017 Nedbank CWG auction wines will be available at selected Tsogo Sun hotels and restaurants and can be purchased from Café Cru at Montecasino in Johannesburg via their off sales license, as well as through Tsogo Sun’s online portal which will go live by November, giving wine-lovers the opportunity to purchase auction wines to enjoy at home.