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Fine wine auction

Fine Wine Auction

Fine Wine Auction


In a trailblazing initiative, SA’s foremost auction house, Strauss & Co, has entered into a joint venture with Wine Cellar and top sommelier Higgo Jacobs to launch a Fine Wine Auction programme. This endeavour aims to provide a transparent auction platform and introduce prospective buyers to SA’s finest wines.

Auction dates:

After the first successful Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction in Johannesburg on 8 June, the larger Cape Town auction will take place on Saturday, 14 September.

Not only will the Cape Town sale include SA’s finest and rarest wines, but a line-up of icons from Bordeaux and throughout Europe. The auction is open to the public with the opportunity to register online or on the day. Absentee and telephone bidding is also available. For more information, contact Sarah Jordaan via email or phone on +27 82 922 2594.


The auction catalogue for the Cape Town auction is now available. Browse the full list of wines on auction by visiting the Strauss & Co website, or download the lot list below.


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Fine Wine Week:

In line with global auction markets and to provide prospective buyers with the best possible access to outstanding wines, Strauss & Co will host a series of educational events in the lead up to each sale. Led by industry experts, these events will highlight the many benefits of buying and selling fine wine at auction. 


The marquis event is a First Growth Bordeaux dinner at Fyn, highlighting the 1998 First Growth lot on sale. Tim Atkin MW will host a tasting of his 95+ point wines, poured by SA’s leading winemakers. Higgo and Roland will present another Fine Wine Workshop and, finally, Eben Sadie leads a once-in-a-lifetime vertical tasting of his iconic red, Columella.


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From left to right: Frank Kilbourn of Strauss & Co, Higgo Jacobs and Roland Peens of Wine Cellar

'As prices rise, we have naturally had more brokerage requests. We see a serious opportunity for an open-market auction. No other auction house has the track record and experience in selling fine and rare assets that Strauss & Co brings to the table.' – Roland Peens

Synonymous with top quality art, the introduction of fine wine auctions is a bold new venture on the part of Strauss & Co and will become a key part of the annual Strauss & Co auction calendar. 'The application of strict criteria with regard to quality, provenance and rarity will enable collectors to buy outstanding wines with confidence, in a seamless and highly transparent manner,' says Higgo.

Interest in vintage SA wines is at an all-time high, especially as the country raises its profile in the local and international wine market. 'We have witnessed first-hand the immense appreciation in fine wine prices over the last decade. This coincides with a leap in quality and realisation of some of the incredible gems from the last century,' says Roland. As leaders in the fine wine market, Wine Cellar will provide professional cellaring, logistics and fine wine experience for the auction.

International praise of SA wines reached a peak last year with the first modern-day perfect score by Tim Atkin MW for the Paul Sauer 2015. Eben Sadie was voted ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2017 by the Institute of Masters of Wine, a London-based professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. This is an astonishing feat considering previous winners produce the world’s most sought-after wines. Perfectly stored bottles of practically every top Bordeaux wine from the last few decades are available on the Bordeaux, London and Hong Kong markets, while very few vintage wines are traded in SA. 'This makes it a highly opportune time to bring our fine wines into the secondary market in a structured and sustainable manner,' says Frank.

Higgo agrees: 'Strauss & Co entering the fine wine market is a strong vote of confidence in the maturity and potential of the SA wine industry and adds an exciting new dimension to it.'

'We believe the time is right to elevate South African wines to the same degree of collectability as the visual and decorative arts. We are delighted to team up with such credible partners in bringing an exciting new asset class to our client base.' – Frank Kilbourn, Executive Chairperson of Strauss & Co

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