April 18, 2021

Wine signed by Springbok Corné Krige

Cornê Krige signed this bottle of Kleine Zalze Shiraz.

SOUTH AFRICA. – Signed bottles and boxes wine, most of them Veritas-winners, will go on a special online auction on Friday and Saturday. Some of these wines have been signed by Springbok rugby players and will add to avid supporters’ special collection. All of this will be revealed on Friday.

Corné Krige signed a bottle of Kleinze Zalze, which you can now buy on auction!

Once in a lifetime opportunity

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy specialised wines from the country’s most prestigious wine farms, signed by Springbok rugby players.

This online auction is on behalf of the Care 4 Kings-initiative, which was started by Braam van Straaten, former Springbok rugby player and former coach of the Southern Kings. Van Straaten says he is touring the Boland on Wednesday and Thursday to have the bottles and boxes signed.

Jean de Villiers special bottle Neil Ellis

“I stopped at the Western Province this morning, where all of the Western Province Springbok players signed bottles for us. I am so grateful. It’s wonderful how the rugby community have pulled together to support this initiative. Jean de Villiers, former Springbok rugby player, also signed a bottle of Web Ellis 2011. Then we have bottles signed by Siya Kolisi, Herschel Jantjies, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Damian Willemse, Warrick Gelant, Seabelo Senatla, myself, Robbie Kempson and many more. I am still on my way to a few friends.” Pieter Steph du Toit, men’s world rugby player of the year in 2019, also signed a bottle.

The online wine auction is the second initiative of the Care 4 Kings-fund for former Southern Kings players and staff. The Kings were liquidated just days before payday in October and are still struggling to get back on their feet. Some of these players will never have the opportunity to play rugby again, which is why van Straaten is doing everything in his power to help these guys.

First memorabilia auction was sold out

“Our first initiative was an online rugby memorabilia auction and it did so well. We sold out! The most wanted item was a Mannetjies Roux-blazer and Stick’s jersey. All of these items have now found new homes with rugby enthusiasts and collectors.”

Wine industry getting back on its feet

The wines going on auction comes during a time when the wine industry is getting back on its feet after a hard lockdown.

“We encourage everyone to support the online win auction. It’s a fun initiative but also, we encourage everyone to support the cellars that are featured on the auction. These cellars are some of the best in the business and the fact that these heavy weight cellars pledged their support, shows what real Ubuntu is,” says Van Straaten.

Cellars with wines on auction

Cellars who donated wines for the auction, includes: Beyerskloof, Flagstone, Diemersdal, Badsberg, Kaapzicht, La Motte, Wellington Wyne, Darling Cellars, Villiera, Neil Ellis Wines, De Grendel, Blake Wines, Bon Courage, Hermanuspietersfontein, Alto, Kleine Zalze, Brink Family Wines, El Pro, Glen Carlou, Wildekrans, Durbanville Hills, Anura and The Horsemen.

Veritas-award winners

Many of these wines have won accolades at the Veritas awards. The Veritas awards are the oldest and most prestigious competition of its kind in South Africa. Some of the world’s most experienced wine tasters are on the judging panel of this competition.

Register for the online wine auction, starting on 20 November, 10:00 until 21 November, 20:00 here or go to www.care4kings.co.za.

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