Back-to-back events planned in April should see a flood of foreign wine buyers and media at the Cape.

The 28th annual Nederburg Auction takes place on 12 and 13 April, followed by the 2nd biannual Cape Wine 2002 between 16 and 18 April, where more than 150 wineries will present more than 1,500 wines.

There has been a 20% hike in the number of wineries participating in this year's Nederburg Auction, up from 76 to 84 and offering some 157 wines. Pre-release wines will also be on offer for the first time as well.

A total of R6,4 million worth of wines which went under the hammer of Patrick Grubb last year and pundits expect this to be improved on again this year.

Cape Wine 2002 will also be held at Nederburg in the week following the auction and organisers are hoping to attract at least 500 foreign wine buyers and opinion formers.