Nederburg wine auction: sales drop by R1,6m

Cool weather may have caused some discomfort at the 38th Nederburg wine auction but it was the weak global economy that was blamed for the downturn in sales – R1,6m less than last year.Held from 28 – 29 September in the Paarl estate’s Johann Graue Hall, the venue for the recent Master Chef TV series, glamour was thin on the ground, with conservative bidding mirrored by the fashion as KwaZulu-Natal wine judge Yegas Naidoo said her striking black and white skirt was 15 years old.

“I’m recycling my clothes, which is good for the environment and for me because I can still fit into them after so many years.”

Top buyers at the auction were Spar Group, Checkers, Namibia’s Hotel Pension Palmquell, Makro and Ultra Liquors, who helped push total sales to R4.67m.

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