These are just two of the Wine Fathers of Italy projects scattered through the peninsula. Its a crowdfunding initiative that brings real, tangible, results for all wine lovers to enjoy.
www.thewinefathers.com is the first website in the world that allows you to support the projects of Italian artisanal wine makers. How does it work? Each winemaker that wants to be part of The Winefathers can present his project (for example the reconstruction of a vineyard, the arrangement of the cellar, biodiversity projects, etc …). Winelovers from all over the world can choose to support one of these projects contributing to it concretely. Depending on the donation, the user becomes a “relative” of the winemaker and receives special rewards: free bottles, wine tasting and lunch in the family, a journey to meet his winemaker taking part to the harvest with him.
While I note the walls on Mount Etna project has reached its end, the ‘wild vineyard of Monfumo’ is still running. For an investor you can become a Wine Cousin for €100 right up to a Wine Father with €1000. The latter gives you a discount on a case of wine, a stay in a local B&B and a visit to the estate.
Other projects offered by The Wine Fathers of Italy include assisting the nuns from the Evaristian Community of the Sacred Heart on Sardinia to create a sparkling wine involving a group of youngsters and adults with intellectual disabilities and helping Thomas Malatesta, a young Friulian winemaker who wants to gather in a book all his adventures and his knowledge learned in many years of traveling and Luca and Sara Carbone who would like to re-populate the areas around their vineyards with varieties of fruit long since abandoned, but traditional. Perhaps though helping to save an obscure grape variety – Bonamico – would be of interest?
All pictures and videos in this post from The Wine Fathers of Italy website. Header photo is of Thomas Malatesta.