Online wine guru’s Vinomofo and five Hunter Valley wineries are joining forces to make a beautiful Hunter Valley wine entirely for charity this month – Homeless Grapes White Blend 2019. The last few grapes for this wine are going to be picked as a community event on Saturday, February 2 at Dalwood Estate, and all proceeds from the sale of the wine will be donated to a local Sydney charity.
The wine made will be a Hunter Valley White Blend, made by the region's finest – Brokenwood Wines, Hungerford Hill Wines, David Hook Wines, Margan Family Wines Hunter Valley and De Iuliis Wines.
The idea for the Homeless Grapes project came about in 2015 when McLaren Vale vigneron Jock Harvey from Chalk Hill posted on Facebook saying he had three tonnes of beautiful Shiraz grapes that his team weren’t able to pick. He offered them to anyone who was willing to make a donation to Hutt St Centre, an awesome charity who work tirelessly to transform the lives of the homeless.
The team at Vinomofo saw the opportunity to help out and jumped on board. But instead of picking the grapes and making a small donation, they came up with the concept of rallying a bunch of kind-hearted helpers together to pick the grapes, make a beautiful Shiraz, sell it, and donate all the proceeds to Hutt St Centre.
With the help of a collection of great people, they were able to donate $45,000 to Hutt Street. The donation provided 1500 meals, basic human services for 150 people, and jobs for 30 people. And Homeless Grapes was born.
So far, Vinomofo has raised over $150,000 for those experiencing homelessness across Australia, and this year they’ll be bringing the Homeless Grapes Project to the Hunter Valley for the first time. So popular is this free event that spots have ‘sold out’, but you can still be a part of this amazing story by purchasing your very own case. Every cent from the sale of this wine will go directly to those experiencing homelessness in Sydney. Don’t miss out – visit www.vinomofo.com to complete the pre-order form (post-pick) so that you’re guaranteed a case - and helping a good cause at the same time. We’ll drink to that!