The first Homeless Grapes Project started in 2015 with one little Facebook post. Jock Harvey, from Chalk Hill Wines, posted that he had a surplus block of grapes and anyone was welcome to them if they made a donation to charity. We saw an opportunity: why not make a cheeky little shiraz instead and send 100% of the profits to charity? We contacted Jock, and the rest - as they say in the biz - took loads of hard work but was totally worth it.
Three hours later, we had pickers, tractors, a winemaker, barrels, bottles and labels all lined up. The whole community came together to make the wine a reality, and the Homeless Grapes Project was born. An incredible $36,000 donation to the Hutt St Centre in Adelaide. Since then you’ve helped us raise over $200,000 for Australia’s homeless.
The Homeless Grapes Project
McLaren Vale 2020
All proceeds from this McLaren Vale shiraz will go to the Hutt St Centre in Adelaide. Each year, Hutt St Centre serves over 40,000 meals and offers support to nearly 2,000 people. Showers, laundry facilities, visiting health professionals, an aged city living program for their older clients, recreational activities, training and employment programs, legal aid and assistance with finding housing are all services provided to the 200 plus people challenged by homelessness who visit Hutt St Centre each day.
Though we have the absolute honour of selling the finished product, we can’t take responsibility for this vino. This is a community effort for community gain, from the winemakers doing the hard yards to our designer working on the label, to the volunteer mofos out picking grapes. Everyone played or will play a part in this and we give thanks to you all.
But extra special thanks go to Jock Harvey of Chalk Hill for spearheading this project for the McLaren Vale community and donating grapes, and Ben Riggs of Mr Riggs for making the wine.
Yeah, you. You who jumped out of bed without much notice (hello fickle nature, we’re looking at you) and headed to a vineyard to spend some time with these homeless grapes. You who bought a case of a previous vintage and helped us do some good. You who shared that wine with friends and spread the message of Homeless Grapes. You, who upon reading this, will buy a case of this vintage and help make a difference. You, beautiful mofo, who is out there contributing to a better world.
We’ll give you more info on the blocks picked and how the grapes are looking as vintage 2020 progresses.
We’re selling the wine for $15 a bottle, which will be some fantastic value for a wicked Vale shiraz. Your money will be going straight to the Hutt St Centre. No middlemen at all. We’ll share with you every step of the winemaking process, and when it’s ready to drink we’ll deliver your case right to your doorstep. We reckon it’ll be with you around mid 2021, but we’ll keep you posted along the way.
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- McLaren Vale
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McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.