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Supporting charity? Wine not

Hunter wineries are using their world-renowned drops to do good.

On Saturday 2 February, more than 150 wannabe winemakers will descend on Dalwood Estate to pick grapes to be bottled into wine and sold for charity.

Hungerford Hill, Brokenwood, David Hook, De Iuliis and Margan have also donated a selection of crop ahead of the community grape-picking.

It’s all in support of wine retailer Vinomofo’s Homeless Grapes Project, which targets homelessness by working with frontline charities.

Last year, a McLaren Vale shiraz, bottled in South Australia, raised more than $59,000 for the Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide to help people doing it tough.

Now, the project hopes to make as big a difference in New South Wales, by bringing it to the Hunter Valley for the first time.

The proceeds from our discerning drop – labelled the Hunter Valley White Blend – will go to a frontline homelessness charity, based in Sydney.

Dalwood Estate and Hungerford Hill general manager and senior winemaker, Bryan Currie, said he was keen to jump on board from the get-go.

“Homelessness is a big issue in Australia and I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves,” he told Newcastle Weekly.
“You can’t do anything without a home. You can’t even imagine [what homelessness is like].”

Tickets to the Hunter Valley event sold out in three days.

Every cent from each bottle sold will go to charity.

Go to vinomofo.com and search ‘The Homeless Grapes Project’ for more information.

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