It’s no secret that doing volunteer work and giving to charity makes you feel good. It’s also not a secret that drinking wine makes you feel pretty great. So why not combine the two? Thanks to a growing number of charity-minded wines, you can now indulge in your favorite beverage while making a difference. Here, our favorite feel-good vinos.
The Dreaming Tree
Musician Dave Matthews has partnered with winemaker Sean McKenzie to create a line of wines that give back to the environment. To date, they’ve donated $500,000 to environmental organizations like The Wilderness Society. To make things even greener, the bottle labels are made from 100% recycled paper, and lightweight bottles mean less fuel is needed for transport. With five kinds of California wine at $15 bucks a pop, we’ll be dreaming about this brand.
Humanitas has donated 7% of all revenues since 2001 to charities that support health, hunger, and affordable housing. To date they’ve donated nearly a quarter million dollars from the sales of their Napa Valley selection.
Proud Pour’s Sauvignon Blanc, The Oyster, is dedicated to preserving oyster populations on the East Coast. Each bottle sold restores 100 oysters to local waters in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. And you might have guessed – this light, fruity wine pairs perfectly with shellfish.
This Tuscan winery works with the Vendemmia d’Artista project, collaborating each year with a professional artist to create a meaningful label. A portion of the sales supports artists, and Ornaellaia has donated nearly $2 million to museums and foundations across the world.
With “Wines for Wheelchairs” as a motto, you know these guys are up to something good. For every case of Lookout wine sold, the company donates a wheelchair to one of 150 million people in need. You can choose from two Pinot Noirs or a Cabernet Sauvignon, and drink with a happy conscience.
You might know ONEHOPE for their glittery bottles, but this brand is doing major things for numerous nonprofit organizations. To date, they’ve provided over 42,000 people with clean drinking water, funded 11,127 clinical trials for breast cancer, and provided over one million meals. We’ll drink to that.
Purple Heart Wines
Part of Purple Heart Wines profits donated each year to the Purple Heart Foundation, an organization that helps military families. The label is a collaboration between the Mondavi family and Vietnam veteran and winemaker Ray Coursen.
These South African wines are environmentally friendly and sustainably produced – but it gets better. Fifty cents of each sale of their Cape Classics label is donated to the Indaba Education Fund, which helps fund early childhood education in the Stellenbosch region.