Drinking with a purpose. Wine for a cause. Mindful sipping. Whatever you want to call it, wouldn't you love to crack open a bottle of wine knowing you've done some good in the world?
With the season of giving upon us, I wanted to put a little list together of some amazing wine companies that are giving back. When you purchase a bottle of wine from any one of these guys, whether it's for a gift or for yourself, you can feel amazing knowing you've contributed to the good of the world in some way.
All these companies below are giving back - and I love to see it! Each in their own ways they're making the world a better place. Why not be part of their stories simply by doing something you love (and that you'd do anyway) - drink wine.
I'll cheers to that!
Straight up, Tipsy Aunt Flo donate 50% of their profits to ending period poverty. Who doesn't love that?! Growing up in Western society, I've been fortunate enough to have ready and steady access to sanitary items. But even today, in 2020, huge populations of girls and womxn* don't have that privilege. "Menstrual products are a basic human right, PERIOD." I couldn't agree more.
Just like them, I'm passionate about ending the stigma around menstruation. Did you know? 800,000 menstruators are currently living in period poverty every single day. This needs to change.
Tipsy Aunt Flo partner with The Cova Project, an amazing Aussie charity providing menstrual health education and products to menstruators across the globe to people who can't afford them or don't have access to them.
Now, for the wine! Their Bloody Good Wine comes in 3 options - Bloody Good Pinot, Bloody Good Bubbles & Bloody Good Rosé. For $87 AUD you can get a fab little 3-pack with one of each (or you can choose your own mix). Check them out here. I've just bought a pack, so stay tuned for some cheeky tasting notes on the wines!
I recently joined The Bleeders Club, and I shared some of my own experiences with my period, good & bad. You'll be able to read what I had to say very soon.
*(They use the term ‘womxn’ to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary people)
Just like the creatures they support, Little Giant wine bottles are short & stumpy. And one look at the label will tell you what you need to know.
They have teamed up with WIRES as a platinum sponsor, providing much needed assistance to wildlife and in particular the preservation and ongoing welfare of wombats. How amazing! Wombats are such a unique animal, known around the world as one of our Aussie treasures. It's great to see a company like this doing what they can to make sure wombats stick around for generations to come.
The wines? The Little Giant range includes drops made from fruit from Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra & McLaren Vale. I cracked a bottle of the grenache for Thanksgiving recently. It's delicious! Mouthfilling without being heavy, and full of luscious fruit with echoes of chocolate as you'd expect from McLaren Vale. See more here.
Can't wait to work my way through the rest of the range! Don't let the small bottle size fool you - these wines are packed with bold flavour. Good things come in small packages!
Little Giant is part of the Fourth Wave Wines portfolio.
When you raise a glass of Tread Softly wine, you're also raising a forest.
For every dozen bottles of Tread Softly sold, they'll plant an Australian Native Tree in a regeneration program in the Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor in WA. It's a powerful program seeking to give back to the environment that has given us so much.
The wines are "modern wines that are lighter on the environment and on your palate." This means they're crafted with minimal environmental impact - so they practice what they preach. Shop the range here.
I've only tried the prosecco in this range, but it was delightful. Looking forward to tasting the others, and getting some trees planted!
Tread Softly is part of the Fourth Wave Wines portfolio.
The Hidden Sea
In case you haven't guessed, The Hidden Sea's mission is the ocean. When you buy a bottle of their wine, they'll remove the equivalent of 10 plastic bottles from the world's oceans. So really, you'd be rude not to buy it!!
The labels are gorgeous, and one brief look at their website will leave you hooked - the passion of the people behind the project is incredibly contagious. They seriously care about the landscape around them and are 100% committed to keeping the ocean clean for all its inhabitants.
There are 3 wines in the range - a shiraz, a rosé and a chardonnay. I'm yet to try any, but if anyone out there is looking to get me a gift, consider The Hidden Sea range on the list! See the wines here.
Short and sweet - every bottle sold gives one year of clean water to one person. Epic.
Water is the most important element of life, and too many people around the world don't have access to clean water. Unfortunately, this can have devastating effects, including disease & death. Little Ripples partners with The BridgIT Water Foundation to build, repair & maintain water wells in communities that need them. And for every bottle of wine you buy, you're providing a year of clean water to someone who needs it.
The wine range includes a rosé, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz & chardonnay. They source the fruit from prime Aussie regions, like Hilltops, Tumbarumba, the Central Ranges and more.
All Little Ripples wines are vegan friendly and aren't made with gelatin, egg whites or any other animal products. I haven't tried the wines yet, but I do LOVE a sangiovese rosé, so that's going on my Christmas list too. Browse the selection here.
"With a combination of traditional French winemaking methods and modern Australian technology, we have created remarkable wines that delight taste-buds and make a positive impact in the world!"
Become part of the ripple effect today.
"Drink your way to a better world." Don't mind if I do!
Goodwill do everything by halves - in the best way possible! 50% of their profits go to charity, and 50% of their team come from long term unemployment or are living with a disability.
They partner with over Australian 300 charities, and what's really cool is you can choose which one your money goes to!
Goodwill Wine was started by Aussie David Laity, who lost nearly everything in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. "Because of the money you dropped into donation tins around the country, I was able to start again. With a powerful new motivation to drive me on, I made it my mission to 'pay forward' the incredible generosity shown to me."
Since then, the company has given back over $375,000. From one glance at their website, you can see that they've provided 180,000 meals to Aussies living in poverty, funded four international animal cruelty investigations, rehomed 47 orangutans, provided 30,000 meals to people seeking asylum in Australia, bought firefighting equipment for volunteer fire brigades, and so much more.
In terms of the wine, there is a great selection - plenty to choose from! All Aussie grapes too, sourced from top regions around the country. All the drops are vegan-friendly, too. Peep the range here.
So, let's help them pay forward even more!
So there you have it. Just a couple of my favourite wine companies that are doing their bit for our world. I hope you enjoyed the read as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Now let's get out there and buy some wines for a cause! Our planet needs us, and our tastebuds will thank us, I'm sure. Cheers!
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