After the first lot attained R1.1million, the rapid bidding continued with Meridian Adventure Sail donating a second lot consolidating further support and garnered a further R1m. Together generating the highest valued lot at the 2020 Cape Wine Auction supporting educational focused charitable causes in the Western Cape that is governed by a prestigious board of trustees that manage the Cape Wine Auction Trust.
The high-value lot consists of a seven-day ocean adventure for 8 people on a 62 foot catamaran. The all-inclusive sailing expedition by Meridian Adventure Sail – an exclusive private members club – takes guests on a voyage through the isles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia – one of the world’s most desirable, remote and pristine ocean destinations. Majestically named the ‘Four Kings’, it boasts crystal-clear waters for diving and snorkelling. Nestled in the heart of the Coral Triangle, around 75 percent of the world’s coral species are found in Raja Ampat, with more than 3,000 fish species. Each day, dive under the crystal-clear waters to see coral bursting with colour, gleaming shoals of fish and majestic manta-rays as they silently glide. Each day rise to the sun-peeking over the top of a distant isle and see how the day unfolds thanks to a completely customised itinerary that is designed to optimise your every moment while considering the migratory patterns of teeming ocean life, the weather and currents. Enjoy a barefoot walk along a deserted beach or light-up night-time paddleboard adventure gently illuminating the waves below. The diving on offer is unmatched, with expert divemasters, top-of-the-range equipment and custom dive boats.
Meridian Adventure Sail is determined to ensure it leads the course in providing luxury travel experiences that showcase the wonders of our ocean and educate its patrons with the conservation consciousness required by all, to actively be a part of preserving and saving our marine environment while appreciating the beauty of the sea and engaging with it in a fun-filled, caring manner.
“We are very passionate about leaving a positive legacy and ultimately anything that ensures a better future for the next generation is something where we find affinity. The cause of supporting education is worthy, and we are happy to provide a signature lot for the 2020 Cape Wine Auction. For us, due to our Captain, Sean Galleymore, and most of the crew being South African, supporting this felt like a natural fit.” – Askar Alshinbayev, Meridian Capital Limited, the Hong Kong based investment firm that owns Meridian Adventure.
To keep with the vinous theme of Cape Wine Auction, each guest will also enjoy a bottle of the revered 96 point (Decanter Gold) Pinot Noir from the esteemed Lothian Vineyards as a memorable vinous keepsake. Lothian’s vineyards are situated in South Africa’s Elgin Valley.
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