9 Charitable Wines That Donate to Causes We Love
2020 has been a brutal year for many, many people, and many wineries have stepped up to help by contributing cash for restaurant employee charities, donating wines for fundraising auctions, and more. Washington's Quilceda Creek donated $365,000 to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund; Willamette and Tualatin Valley wineries in Oregon donated over $1 million worth of wine to ER doctors and nurses; the list goes on. But charity-centered wines aren't a new thing nor necessarily driven by a single dire event. Below are nine wines that donate to amazing causes on an ongoing basis. Buy them, and you'll be helping, too.
2018 Indaba Mosaic Red Blend ($12)
Since 1996, Indaba has donated over $50,000 annually to the Indaba Foundation, which provides education for disadvantaged children throughout South Africa's winelands. This black currant–y Bordeaux-style blend is a steal for the price.
2018 Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet Sauvignon ($15)
Purple Cowboy wines have raised over $1 million for breast cancer research. Founder Terry Wheatley says, "As a breast cancer survivor myself, I'm proud to have these wines help families facing this issue."
2019 Liquid Geography Rosé ($15)
The profits of this zesty Spanish rosé, created by wine importer Patrick Mata, go to the T.J. Martell Foundation (for cancer research), Wheeling Forward (which helps support people with disabilities), and chef José Andrés' World Central Kitchen.
2017 Kind Stranger Chardonnay ($17)
Washington's Andrew Latta asks his distributors in every state to find local charities that mirror the ones he donates to with Kind Stranger's Seattle-area sales (like Mary's Place, which helps with housing and assistance for homeless women and children).
2018 Stolpman La Cuadrilla ($22)
For this brainchild of vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano, 10% of the entire Stolpman vineyard harvest is used to create a rich, darkly fruity red blend—and 100% of the profits from the wine go directly back to the winery's vineyard workers.
NV Onehope Vintner Collection California Brut Sparkling ($25)
Over time, this lively sparkling wine has helped provide over 3 million meals to children in need through nonprofit WhyHunger; other OneHope wines support environmental, educational, and a range of other causes.
Une Femme The Callie Sparkling Rosé ($25)
Une Femme donates a portion of its proceeds to Dress For Success, a nonprofit that helps women around the world achieve economic independence. This precise California sparkling rosé is made by up-and-coming star Samantha Sheehan of Poe Wines.
NV Vital Wines Given ($28)
Walla Walla, Washington–based winemaker Ashley Trout founded nonprofit Vital Wines to help the SOS Health Services, a health care clinic for residents of Walla Walla Valley. This robust blend of Cabernet and Syrah is full of dark, rich fruit overlaid with mocha and tobacco notes.
2017 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc ($65)
Napa Valley's Ehlers Estate is fully owned by the Leducq Foundation, which funds research into cardiovascular disease; all profits from the winery go toward that cause. This luscious red balances dark cherry fruit against savory cedar notes.