Cape Classics in Contention for 2017 Importer of the Year

Company Receives Its First Nod For Upcoming "Wine Star Awards"

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Cape Classics is pleased to share its nomination for “Importer of the Year,” in the 2017 Wine Stars Awards bestowed by Wine Enthusiast magazine. In an announcement recently released by the publication, Cape Classics was named as one of five nominees held in consideration for the coveted title. Among the other categories listed was “New World Winery of The Year,” for which one of the importer’s partner estates was nominated: De Toren, the South African producer of premium red wines.

“We are tremendously honored to receive this nomination and grateful for the recognition by Wine Enthusiast,” remarked Robert Bradshaw, President and COO of Cape Classics.

Cape Classics began as a one-person company nearly 25 years ago when South African native Andre Shearer saw a gap in the U.S. wine market for high quality South African wines. Today, the importer employs 30 people between the U.S. and South Africa, and has expanded its portfolio to include French estates in the Loire, Burgundy, Languedoc and most recently, Bordeaux. The guiding force behind Cape Classics’ success is their meticulous selection of wineries — primarily family-run farms who hold the same values of authenticity, quality and an unwavering commitment to sustainability — that they know will be committed, long-term partners.

"In over 20 years of business, we've always let the wines speak for themselves,” continued Bradshaw. “For us, it starts with authentic, passionate people who have a story to tell and vision to share. When that is the premise for everything you do, then you can focus on relationships, service and ultimately make a difference by sharing these stories, great wines, and by treating people with care and respect. In the end, that's our true legacy.”

The entire Cape Classics team believes strongly in giving back to the community and the wine industry that supports their success. In 2015, they founded the Indaba Education Fund (IEF), a 501(c)(3) organization aimed at improving the quality of education available to the children of wineland workers in the Western Cape of South Africa by training educators in the Montessori method. With the first training class now underway in Stellenbosch, the hard work of the organization and its founders is seeing its first results.  

“The only way to truly change global society is by ensuring its youngest members are beautifully educated and well cared for,” said Andre Shearer, Founder and Chairman of the Indaba Education Fund. “We are aiming to provide young South African children with access to a world-class standard of education, giving them a stronger foundation of learning that sets them up for future success.”

This is not the first time Cape Classics has been honored for their exceptional business acumen and their contributions to the wine industry. In 2001, Food & Wine magazine named the company “Importer of the Year” However, this year marks the first time they have been recognized by Wine Enthusiast for the illustrious title. Winners of the 2017 Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards will be announced on Nov. 9, 2017 and honored at a gala to be held in Miami, Florida in January 2018.  


Behind every farm, winemaker, bottle, and grape lies an untold story. Collectively, we discover these tales and share them with our customers. Demanding authenticity, Cape Classics operates the “old-fashioned” way, with relationships and social responsibility at the forefront of our business. The 30 wineries we represent throughout South Africa and France embrace sustainable eco and social practices, doing their part to help preserve lands for future generations while improving the human condition now. Our wines are expressive, crafted with passion and perspective, and delivered with the same hallmark levels of service and professionalism since 1992.

Additionally, a portion of the global sales from our Indaba brand is allocated to the Indaba Education Fund (IEF). A fully accredited 501(c)(3), the IEF invests in world-class Montessori teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure for Early Childhood Development teachers within South Africa’s winelands and beyond.


Amber Gallaty,

(917) 653-5244


Source: Cape Classics


Categories: Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Services, Wine

Tags: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cape Classics, French wine, importer, Indaba, Jam Jar, Loire, Stellenbosch, wine, Wine Enthusiast

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