Last year, hundreds of South Australians came together to harvest grapes at McLaren Vale’s Inkwell Wines in support of Vinomofo’s Homeless Grapes Project.
This year, you can enjoy the fruits of their labour: a limited-edition McLaren Vale shiraz. The 2018 vintage – made by Penny’s Hill winemaker Alexia Roberts – is all ripe plum and dark cherry with crunchy stalkiness and spicy herbs and a hint of black pepper.
The Homeless Grapes Project began in 2015 when grower Jock Harvey from Chalk Hill Wines decided to give a block of shiraz grapes away to anyone who would make a donation to charity. Online wine retailer Vinomofo CEO Andre Eikmeier scooped them up and rallied friends to make a wine and donated all proceeds to Adelaide’s Hutt St Centre.
Four years on, the Homeless Grapes Project has gathered support from around the country and raised a total of $150,000 for the centre. “It’s a no-brainer to donate our profit from it,” Eikmeier told Broadsheet last year. “One hundred per cent of the revenue goes to charity.”
Hutt St Centre provides meals, social work and support services to more than 200 people sleeping rough each day. Buying wine from the Homeless Grapes Project has real, tangible outcomes. A case of six provides a “home starter pack” for a couple moving from the street to a home and hot breakfast and lunch for a week for someone doing it tough. Two cases provide safe emergency accommodation for a family in crisis for two nights.
The Homeless Grapes Project 2018 shiraz, priced at $20 per bottle and sold in a case of six, is available to purchase exclusively through Vinomofo.