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Friday, 17 May 2019

Nederburg Auction evolves into Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

Oude Libertas

The historic Nederburg Auction launched in 1975, has entered an exciting new chapter by evolving into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction which will be held in October this year. 

The strategic move is in line with Distell’s new premium and fine wine company, Libertas Vineyards and Estates, whose purpose is to support and drive the upselling and premiumisation of South African wine on the global stage. 

CEO of Libertas Vineyards and Estates, Kay Nash, says the collective vision is to build an industry platform widening world wide access to South African fine wines and by doing so escalate the desirability and collectability of these wines. 

“In order to achieve this, we believe that the auction can be a catalyst for change. By growing an industry platform for fine wine producers and leveraging our 44 years of experience and investment we will collectively raise interest in South African fine and rare wines and attract existing, and new local and global buyers.” 

Kay Nash CEO of Libertas Vineyards and Estates

“Collectors and investors are increasingly seeking out wines that have a story and a strong connection to a particular place or vineyard. They seek rarity, quality and provenance which the line-up of fine and rare wines will certainly deliver on.” 

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will introduce exciting changes, including moving from Nederburg to the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch and a new selection process and format. The final wine selection will be curated by a panel of expert judges with strict criteria focussing on quality, rarity and collectability as the main drivers. Philanthropy will remain a key element of the auctions DNA and focus for all the stakeholders. 

The Auction will also collaborate with British Auction House Christie’s, by introducing a Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction Superlot at their Fine and Rare Wine Auction held in London later this year. 

“This platform will provide participating South African producers significant exposure to new buyers and by partnering with Christie’s, we will benefit from their expertise and gravitas in the category and plan to build our presence at global events in a phased approach.” 

The amphitheatre at Oude Libertas

To ensure the auction delivers a platform that is inclusive and transparent, significant input has been sought from industry influencers, leaders and buyers. Nash says “the response has been inspiring.” 

“In April we hosted a group of individuals, some who have and some who have never participated in the Nederburg Auction before, to provide input for the new format. The feedback has been constructive and extremely positive.” 

“The change is all about collaboration and inclusivity. We will continue to work together with the producers, industry and buyers to deliver success for all stakeholders.” 

“We anticipate that the producers represented at the new format auction will be diverse and the changed selection criteria and reinvented fundamental ethos of the auction will encourage participation by South Africa’s finest producers.” 

Libertas Vineyards and Estates is physically housed at the historic Oude Libertas.

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will take place on 18 and 19 October at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. Tickets will be by invitation and we encourage potential buyers to contact Dalene Steyn on to register their interest.
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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Cosy up to your AGA Fireplace this Winter

A warm fire is one of the great pleasures of Winter, and an AGA fireplace is the one you want to cosy up to. The iconic brand is synonymous with quality and innovation. For over 90 years AGA has remained at the forefront of engineering excellence. With timeless design features and excellent heat retention, an AGA fireplace the best money can buy.

The AGA range of fireplaces embodies the best AGA traditions and employs the very latest technology. It is an iconic centrepiece and has features which you don’t see, that makes all the difference. Such as the Active Airflow Technology that delivers the most efficient use of energy and protects the environment from harmful emissions. Fresh air is channelled below, around and about the fire box to create the optimum conditions for combustion. Any solid particles and gases produced are re-ignited and burnt off before they can enter the atmosphere. This process not only guarantees maximum heat output from your chosen fuel but also keeps the window clean and clear so that you can enjoy the ambience of the flames.

The AGA range includes a wide variety of styles to suit all tastes - from traditional to contemporary: 
Made from cast iron, traditional AGA fireplaces are not only beautiful to look at, but practical to run because cast iron is renowned for its heat retention properties. The heat stored while the fire is lit continues to be released into the room long after the embers have died away.
Made from high grade steel which allows for truly inspiring modern designs that will attract attention in any space.
The perfect blend of old and new, combining cutting-edge and traditional designs, AGA fireplaces are an investment for your home and a lifetime of warm winter nights.

For more information visit
Aga Living

The AGA range is available directly from AGA South Africa and a selection from Bergzichts Furnishers, Euro Appliances, Gas & Equipment, Metelerkamps, Melvill and Moon and Décor Fires.

More about AGA Living
Recognised as the world's best cooking appliance, the AGA oven commands a level of adulation more often associated with the glitz of Hollywood fame -- and generates similar devotion. It's deemed the number one luxury appliance brand and is revered as one of the top three design icons of the century. It's the kitchen centrepiece of Celebrities, Professional Chefs, Royalty and discerning Homeowners across the globe. AGA represents a lifestyle, one that owners embrace and share fervently with others.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Luxity - What's in store...

Proud to be the largest & most trusted source in Africa

After opening their first store in Melrose Arch, South Africa’s largest stockists of authenticated, pre-owned luxury items, Luxity has decided to grace Cape Town with its presence. Stocking Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and more, it’s a must visit if you’re in need of something - not just special - but truly spectacular! 

As per the founder, "We believe in promoting the life cycle of sustainable fashion, by passing timeless luxury onto others.
Trust is the heartbeat of Luxity. It is what drives us and keeps our faith. Every day, it fuels our unrelenting commitment to bring you the most pristine, pre-owned luxury brands that we can put our stamp of approval on."

The Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village 

Drenched in history, The Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village is a must-visit during the busy Cape Town season. With its cobbled square, retro styling, and fantastic shopping options, it’s a one-stop destination for all your needs. This is were you'll find Luxity's locale.

"All we want is for women to experience first-hand what it feels like to walk with their shoulders tall, knowing they are wearing authentic investment pieces and doing so without breaking the bank.
Whether it is a Hermes Birkin Bag or a Louis Vuitton accessory, absolutely every item that comes through our doors is inspected and authenticated before it is listed on Luxity.quotcoll orderby=”random” limit=1 tags=”T02″
Luxity really is your happy place so shop with peace of mind and heart."

Luke Calitz, Founder

So, if tackling the crowds at the V&A Waterfront is a little daunting, remember there are alternatives to explore and a change of scenery never hurt anyone.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

KWV The Centenary - SA’s most exclusive brandy

Fresh off celebrating its centennial year in 2018. In honour of this milestone, KWV has also introduced an upgrade to its brandy range, ringing in the next 100 years. 

Its CEO, Boyce Lloyd, has promised to continue to delight the consumer with bold and refreshing innovations that reflect the treasured brand value of KWV and continuing its 100-year-old trailblazing tradition. 

In its most recent display of innovation, KWV has released SA’s most exclusive brandy: KWV The Centenary. This special blend includes its rarest and best brandies spanning the company and SA’s brandy-making history. 

Guarded and entrusted by many generations of brandy masters, The Centenary includes some of the very first brandy made by KWV back in 1926, along with brandy from the only barrel rescued from a fire that razed KWV’s historic cellars in 1942. The balance is completed with KWV’s rarest brandies, averaging 42 years of age. 

Only 100 bottles of this extraordinary blend have been produced for release, and at R100,000 a bottle, KWV is hoping to invest in the future of brandy making. 

“Recognising the need for sustainable growth in the industry, KWV has committed to donate R20,000 per bottle sold to a bursary fund to invest in the future of brandy making,” says Nuno Fernandes, spirits marketing executive at KWV. 

The Cape Grace hotel's Signal restaurant
In honour of this investment, KWV – in partnership with the five-star luxury Cape Grace hotel – is also offering an exclusive buyers’ package: business-class flights; a one-night stay at the premium Cape Grace property situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and the serene yacht marina; VIP chauffeur services; and an exclusive tasting with De Bod where buyers will sample KWV’s premium potstill range, including the KWV Nexus and The Centenary. 

Master distiller Pieter de Bod is decidedly proud of KWV’s The Centenary - the pinnacle of 100 years distilling “craftmanship, dedication, patience and trust”. Meticulously blended by KWV’s internationally acclaimed distilling team, it has the pedigree of the KWV stable – a global reputation of consistent quality. 

It carries titles for Brandy/Cognac Producer of the Year from the International Spirits Challenge and the Worldwide Best Brandy Producer Trophy title from the International Wine and Spirit Competition – a strong foundation that makes the launch of a product as exclusive as The Centenary a solid investment. 

KWV has been at the centre of innovation and development in the spirits and wine industry for the past 100 years, and its latest gem, The Centenary, is more than just an investment in your cabinet. 

KWV The Centenary Limited Edition

To order, contact KWV Emporium on 021-807-3007/8 or 

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