This year Jan Kriel will (hopefully) host our 28th local Wine Auction – there were 10 in London as well! This is a prestigious event with Dave Hughes as patron and Beyers Truter as auctioneer. For the past years The Aleit Group has done the styling and the function is held at the lovely Lourensford Laurent. More than 80 cellars and wine estates donate their fine wine and 200 guests attend.
Now things will be different. Although the auction is planned for 12 August, it might be postponed to a later date. The guest list will possibly be much smaller (50/100/150), depending on the regulations set out by the government. Only time will tell!
The 2020 Jan Kriel Wine Auction will still be very special, as it will be Dr Fanie Herholdt’s (Director since 2003) last official wine auction! He retires in March 2021. Under his leadership, the Jan Kriel Wine Auctions (21 of them) built close friendships between buyers and winemakers and the profit was more than R 7 million! Jan Kriel offers this “Covid-19” auction as a farewell and tribute to “Dok Fanie”.