Drinking a chardy for charity

The Homeless Grapes Yarra Valley chardonnay.

By Jed Lanyon

In February 2018, a group of vino-lovers came together to pick excess grapes donated by De Bortoli Rochford and Tarrawarra to create an exclusive drop that would be sold for charity.

Vinomofo’s Homeless Grapes Project brought winemakers, growers, producers and families together to help create The Homeless Grapes Yarra Valley chardonnay.

The wine is now on sale on Vinomofo’s website with all of the proceeds going directly to St Mary’s House of Welcome, a frontline charity with an open door policy for those experiencing homelessness, or those living in poverty in Melbourne.

Vinomofo said that the coming together of grapes from Tarrawarra, De Bortoli and Rochford creates a harmonious whole that seems to have amplified the best parts of each.

Justin Dry, Vinomofo’s CEO and co-founder is looking forward to seeing Australians stock up on a delicious drop to back a good cause.

“The Homeless Grapes Project kicked off in Adelaide in 2015 and we’ve been looking forward to bringing it to Victoria ever since,” he said.

“St Mary’s House of Welcome is doing a lot of incredible work for Melburnians experiencing homelessness and to see so many people donating their time to get this project off the ground in the Yarra Valley has been surreal.”

“Last year our McLaren Vale shiraz made more than $59,000 for the Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide.

“That is truly life-changing stuff for hundreds of people who have been doing it really tough,” Mr Dry said.

“Over the four years that we’ve been working on this project, we’ve donated more than $150,000 to local charities and we’re not planning to stop any time soon.”

To find more information or to purchase the wine, visit: www.vinomofo.com


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