Australia is our second home. We have lived and worked in this beautiful country and visit our family each year. We have watched-on with the rest of the world with deep sadness as devastating bushfires ravage the country destroying communities and wildlife. While the country has a so-called fire season each year, the 2019-20 fires are thought to be some of the worst the country has experienced.
Wine regions in Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), South Australia and Victoria have all been affected. This includes Hunter Valley, Canberra, Rutherglen, Gippsland and Adelaide Hills. All face an uncertain 2020 vintage, as the effects on this year’s crop remain unknown.
“Australia is hurting from the fires, but we are open for business,” says Tony Battaglene, Australian Grape and Wine Chief Executive. “We need donations to the relief funds, support for our emergency services, and consumers to buy our wine and visit our regions. It is important to note that the fire season is not over and our temporary relief may not last.”
We work with many Adelaide Hills wineries and luckily all are safe but that is not the case for their neighbours. Those affected are mostly small family-run establishments which will really struggle to get back on their feet without help. We have privately made donations but we hope this post from a small business will inspire big business to act too.
We are donating 20% of all sales in January and February to the:Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal “To help our local growers and producers and fund immediate recovery efforts, the Adelaide Hills Wine Region has set up a Fire Appeal and is now accepting donations.”
If you’d like to donate directly, here are some more links to follow: