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Some serious buying-power muscle was flexed at Spier during the annual Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) gathering, where sales exceeded R13.8 million and old records for various varieties weren’t so much toppled as tippled – this being a wine auction and all.

Now in its 32nd iteration, the CWG sale a fortnight ago attracted 152 buyers, politely raising paddles as they bid-battled their way through 52 types of wine from 41 different estates.

The auction, which has become an essential entry in the diaries of serious wine investors, certainly was a far cry from the Guild’s humble beginnings back in the 80s, when a handful of vintners vied for 19 wines from 15 estates at CWG’s first auction.

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