The Grape Foundation’s charity auction is « comparable to Hospice de Beaune »

Thursday November 07 2013 by Kelsie Adams

On Friday 25th October, the Saatchi Gallery welcomed the inaugral Grape Foundation charity auction to London. The foundation, set up three months ago, has the support of various world-renowned wine producers. A particular highlight of the auction was the Primum Familiae Viti passport, considered to be the best lot. This passport won the highest bidder not only a collector’s case of wine, but also a visit to each of the members of this illustrious group of wine producing families (eleven European domains : Marchesi Antinori, Egon Müller Schartzhofberg, Perrin et Fils, Miguel Torres, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Joseph Drouhin, Hugel et Fils, Pol Roger, Symington, Tenuta San Guido et Vega Sicilia). French wine critics Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve also showed their support by displaying the lots at the London Wine Experience before the auction took place.

The total amount collected by the auction is over £55 000 and the co-founders Paul Anthony Gidley and Johanna Wilson do not want to stop there. Paul Anthony Gidley has gone on to say that « the events to come this Spring will be exciting news indeed and, will certainly be comparable to legendary charitable events such as the ‘Hospices de Beaune ». The foundation, which aims to help disadvantaged children in wine growing regions all over the world, has made its first pledge of £10 000 to the charity Children with Cancer UK (inaugurated by Lady Diana in 1988).

A selection of wines have been held for auction on the grapepip.com website over the coming weeks.

     

[Photo : Grape Foundation]

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