South African founded company Cape Classics has been nominated as Importer of the Year for the 2nd consecutive year by Wine Enthusiast magazine in their 19th annual Wine Star Awards.
The winners will be announced in Wine Enthusiast’s “Best of Year” issue and honoured at a black-tie gala in Miami in 28 January 2019.
Wine Enthusiast, in announcing the nomination, said Cape Classics is all about quality: “It’s meticulous with the wines selected and chooses to work with family-run farms that embrace sustainable ecological and social practices.”
Cape Classics was co-founded by South African Andre Shearer more than 25 years ago, when he saw a gap in the American wine market for high-quality South African wines. Based in New York and with offices in Somerset West, Cape Town, the wine importer employs 30 people between the continents, and their portfolio of 15 top South African wineries and estates also includes French Domaines and Chateaus from the Loire, Burgundy, Languedoc and Bordeaux.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, headquartered just 30 minutes outside of Manhattan, New York was founded in 1988 and has grown to become the world’s largest periodical for wine and spirits. Each year the magazine honours the individuals and companies that made outstanding achievements over the past year in the wine and alcoholic beverage world, across 16 categories including Innovator of the Year, Winemaker of the Year and Wine Region of the Year.
“We are extremely honoured and excited to share that for the second year in a row Cape Classics has been nominated for the Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2018 Wine Star Award for Importer of the Year,” says Robert Bradshaw, President and COO of Cape Classics. “To be named beside the world’s leading wine brands, retailers, regions and importers is a true validation of our hard work, and recognition of our commitment to philanthropy, as well our efforts to bring a new level of energy and approach to the French wine category in America.”
“The wine families in our portfolio, and the passion, energy, ethos and stories behind them are a huge part of our nomination. We are incredibly proud of our long standing relationships with our wine
partners, and share this exciting honor with them.”
Cape Classics also produces its own wines under the Indaba label, and a portion of all global sales of the Indaba Wines brand support the Indaba Fund (IF), a fully accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by Cape Classics to provide early childhood teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure to young, at-risk children living in the South African Winelands. Visit Cape Classics for more information.