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I’m Italian, so, I’m technically prewired to be a an avid drinker of wine. Hey, it’s healthy to have a glass a night, right? It’s pretty easy to go through bottles of wine, and sure you can recycle the bottles or DIY them into something great, but you can also be a conscious consumer by picking up some vino made at vineyards that support charities. Whether you’re having a solo night at home with the TV, heading to a game night or hosting a dinner party- consider choosing one of these wines.
The latin meaning of “humanitas” is philanthropy, character and human nature- and that is exactly what Humanitas Wines stands for. They strive to produce the best wines possible while also doing good for the world. The wine company found by Judd Wallenbrock operates on the “seven percent solution” idea of giving seven percent of all profit to charities that focus on health, hunger and housing. Even cooler? The main focus is on regional giving to help better specific communities throughout the country.
While donating to charities and helping in our own country is very important, helping globally is just as necessary. All of the profits from Emtu Wines are used directly to help improve the lives of people in different communities all around the world. During the winter months when the vineyards are quiet, owners John and Chris Mason personally travel around the world to help with disaster relief and to work with community development projects that they are passionate about.
The owners of Lookout Ridge Winery have a very deep connection to those who have lost their independence of mobility due to disease, war, accidents, natural disasters and old age. For every single case of wine that is sold, the Holmes family donates a wheelchair to somebody in need. Did you know that there are over 150 million children, teens and adults worldwide that are in need of a wheelchair, but can’t afford one? We were pretty shocked by that statistic too and why we truly appreciate the love and effort behind Lookout Ridge.
It’s hard to choose just one mission to be passionate about when there are so many that people hold closely to their hearts- that’s where ONEHOPE comes into play. Proceeds of their extensive wine selection goes to all different types of organizations and projects. From donating trees to funding education for young girls, they support many global causes. Check out examples of the other projects that they have contributed here and while you’re at it, pick up a bottle!
Chateau La Paws
Are you a big animal lover? Me too, that’s why I needed to include Chateau La Paws and their awesome work. Shelter dogs from around the country are featured on the labels of the wine bottles themselves to draw attention to their cause and who can say no to a lil’ furry friend? The proceeds of these wines goes to organizations around the country that support “no kill shelters”. In 2015 Chateau La Paws and Diageo Chateau & Estates donated $100,000 North Shore Animal League America to help them
continue their rescue work.
This Northern California vineyard, Ehlers Estate, is a unique case compared to the rest of the wines we’ve touched upon. This particular vineyard actually belongs to a nonprofit foundation, rather than simply donating to one. When the founder passed away, he left the vineyard to the foundation that he and his wife had started in the 90’s. Because of this reason, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to cardiovascular research.
What are your favorite wines to drink that give back to charity? Let us know in the comments so we can uncork a few bottles!