Organised by Liquid Icons, the auction will open from Thursday 23rd September and close on the night of The Golden Vines Awards Ceremony & Dinner on Thursday 7th October. Each auction lot will feature large formats or rarities, as well as a ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience from many of the world’s top fine wine estates and spirit distilleries including Walpole member The Macallan.
Proceeds from the auction will go to The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation to fund diversity and inclusion wine education programmes globally, including The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships. The Foundation expects to raise over £1 million from the auction. Institutional and community groups from around the world have been given the opportunity to submit funding requests to be considered for grants from the Foundation to be awarded in 2022.
Lewis Chester DipWSET of Liquid Icons and Trustee of the Foundation commented: “We are honoured and humbled by the enormous enthusiasm and generosity of so many top fine wine estates and spirit distilleries in support of the Foundation’s work. The industry clearly recognises the issues around diversity & inclusion and the need to radically tackle them through the Foundation’s global wine education programmes.”
Fine wine & spirit lovers will be able to bid on unique bottling formats, often signed by the owner or head winemaker, while taking their family, friends, colleagues or clients on VIP tours, tastings, fine wine lunches or dinners, often while staying at wineries from across five continents.
View the Auction E-Catalogue here.
All funds raised in benefit of the Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation