A South African wine dinner in Hong Kong raised R50,000 during a silent auction for a children welfare charity group, Anna Foundation.
Hosted during the Wines of South Africa Road Show in Asia, the wine dinner featuring Chef Chantel Dartnall auctioned off R50,000 (about US$3,400) worth of wines from leading South African wine producers.
“We hosted a wine dinner at The Park Lane Hotel, with Chef Chantal Dartnall of Mosiac (Pretoria) as the guest chef and ran a small silent auction of SA wines of which we decided to donate the proceeds to the Anna Foundation,” said Betsy Haynes, Managing Director of North East Wines and agent for Kanonkop wines in Asia.
“Six lots went on auction and raised nearly R50 000 for an organisation that has a significant impact on the education and life experience of children at many Cape wine farms,” she added.
Haynes noted wines from Kanonkop, Klein Constantia, Hartenberg, Bellingham, Villiera and Meerlust Rubicon, attracted the attention of the discerning audience.
The Anna Foundation, founded by Anna Brom nearly 15 years ago has an all-encompassing holistic approach to building a solid community of support around the child.
“I’m thrilled to receive this valuable injection into our organisation. Over a five-year period, our literacy results on rural farms in the Western Cape show between a 20%-40% improvement,” said Brom.
South African wines are slowly gaining traction in Hong Kong especially for the premium sector. Late last year, a lot from South Africa’s Vilafonté Series ”M” 2007 set a new record price in Hong Kong when it’s sold by auction house Christie’s.
The lot consisting of six bottles eventually was sold or HK$13,475 (US$1,730), four times of its estimate.