Wine auction raises over £55k for children’s charities

1st November, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt

The Grape Foundation’s inaugural Children’s Charity Auction has raised over £55,000 in a single day, with further pledges expected to total over £70,000.

The auction was described by Hugh Johnson OBE as probably ‘the starriest charity wine line-up ever’, and the lots were exhibited at last week’s London Wine Experience, from French wine writers Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve.

Formed just three months ago by Paul Anthony Gidley and Johanna Wilson, The Grape Foundation was able to amass an impressive collection of rare, signed, and large-format bottles thanks to the outstanding support of some of the world’s finest producers.

‘We have been overwhelmed by the support for The Grape Foundation by so many people across the wine world’ said Wilson ‘it….

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