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$40,000 raised during WA wine fundraising evening
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West Australians dug deep at the Great Wine Estates of Western Australia wine auction held on Thursday March 12, raising almost $45,000 for the Busselton Medical Research Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, with an individual lot allocated exclusively for the Victorian Wine Industry Bushfire Appeal.
The 12 Great Wine Estates of Western Australia which include Cape Mentelle, Cullens Wines, Devil’s Lair, Houghton, Howard Park, Leeuwin Estate, Moss Wood, Pierro, Plantagenet, Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate and Xanadu each donated two lots each for auction, with items ranging from original artworks, to large format bottles, museum parcels, vertical selections, as well as food, wine and tasting experiences.
Host and auctioneer Andrew Caillard MW said the evening “was a true testament to the generosity and spirit of the West Australian community, coupled with a rare opportunity to try some of the State’s finest wines”.
Guests included Digby Cullen, Barrie Lapley, Jeff and Amy Burch from Howard Park wines, Michael Tamburri, Don Hancy, Chris Yeats, Dick and Hilary Erskine from Plantagenet wines and Georgina Pearce and Libby Monger from the flying 1000 RFDS fundraising chapter.
Event organiser Melissa Worthington said, “for these 12 wineries to give up their time and staff during vintage is so appreciated. The support we had by way of turnout is something to be proud of, and this is reflected in the outstanding result from the auction”.
Along with raising money, the Great Wine Estates of Western Australia event provides a platform for participating wineries to showcase vintages and varieties that are either yet to be released or only available in very limited quantities – fine examples of winemaking practices expressing terroir and style unique to regional Western Australia.