Wineries That Give Back

Round two of wineries that are giving back in every possible way


I recently wrote an article about wineries that give back, that return a part of their profits to their communities, or to causes near and dear to the winery's heart. Within the comments of that article I found several wineries adding their voices to this select group of beneficent winemakers, and being that kind of guy I figured they should be rewarded for their good work.

So in a case of life imitating one's work, I get to turn the tables just a bit and give back to these who give back! In that light I give you round two of Wineries that give back: the crowd sourced edition!

One Hope

This is of course one of the grand daddies of the charitable wine scene. Totally legit with Rob Mondavi as one of the winemakers, and a full 50 percent of profits donated to charitable causes. Each wine has a cause attached to it, which gets part of the proceeds from the sale, but you can also choose which charity gets the remaining dollars. It's not only a good thing to do, it's also fun to mix and match wines and charities! With over $1,000,000 donated to various charities you can feel comfortable enjoying your nightly glass of vino when it comes from One Hope!

Find out more about One Hope Today


Bravium Winery

Bravium Winery is new to me, and since it was only founded in 2007 it's also likely to be new to most of us, so allow me to make an introduction of sorts. The wines are in the premium price range, and I'd love to be able to recommend them but without having tried them I'm actually looking forward to hearing more about them for someone out there who is. In the meantime I still will give their Sip & Give program a plug, since it's worthy of further investigation. I could spend time trying to capture the essence of the program, but luckily the winery's website has already done a great job of that!

"Sales of all Bravium and Artisan wines support Sip&Give, the charitable giving campaign that Derek made a part of the winery's DNA at its founding. Sip&Give features a roster of worthy charities that are funded based upon your votes. Put simply, we make wine, you drink wine, and together, we sip and give. Click the Sip&Give logo to vote for your favorite charity. Thank you."

Find out more about Bravium Today



Another winery with a conscience, Transendence is a small husband and wife team producing some impressive wines, decidedly in a new world style. Drawing much of their fruit from the Sta Rita Hills, Kenneth and Sara Gummere are producing small lots of distinctive wines and at the same time are contributing part of their profits to a worthy charity each year. In the past they've helped people affected by the disaster in Fukushima, Japan and have supported Project Transcend, a California non-profit working to help people in Tanzania develop educational and career options.

Find out more about Transcendence Today


O Wines

O Wines was established in 2006, in Woodinville, Washington with the express mission of funding scholarships for low income women. To date they have funded over $175,000 of scholarships through the sale of their wines. There are a pair of wines on offer today, a red blend featuring Syrah and Merlot, two grapes that thrive in Washington, along with some Cabernet in there along with a Chardonnay, both from the Columbia Valley AVA. Priced at $16 and $14 respectively, these are very affordable options that can help make higher education affordable for some deserving young women. It's really a small price to pay to help someone make more of their life.

Find out more about O Wines Today


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  • Cline Cellars partnered with Living Beyond Breast Cancer and donates funds every year. Cline's Cashmere Red blend has a pink ribbon on the label, but the donation is independent of wine sales. Cline is also planning a similar partnership supporting Alzheimer's research for its forthcoming Cashmere White wine.

    Jun 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

  • Snooth User: bravium
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    Thanks for your thoughtful article, Gregory! I appreciate you helping to get the word out re: the Sip&Give campaign. It is inspiring reading the stories of some of the other wineries who have made giving such a central part of their businesses. Happy to send you some Bravium wines so you can familiarize yourself with my flagship Pinot Noir, etc. Thanks again. Derek Rohlffs, Proprietor & Winemaker, Bravium

    Jun 13, 2013 at 1:31 AM

  • Snooth User: mweb
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    Thank you for the shout out! fyi, it's "ONEHOPE Wine" and Rob Mondavi, Jr. (Michael's son) is the winemaker on the wines.

    Jun 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

  • Snooth User: DM94523
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    Boisset Family Estates also "gives back" frequently, in a variety of ways. One example: they donate $1 from the sale of each bottle of their Frenchie wines (which feature Jean-Charles Boisset's French Bulldog on the label) to the ASPCA. We can also organize private tastings for charitable groups through our Boisset Wine Living at Home program. Cheers!
    - Derek Mims, Boisset Founding Wine Ambassador

    Jun 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

  • Ehlers estates is another

    Jun 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

  • Snooth User: Chris Klau
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    Schmitt Sohne's brand RELAX Pink has partnered with the SAVE THE TA-TAS Foundation and donates $1.00 each time #RELAX4TaTas is shared or mentioned in social media circles. In 2012 we donated $25,000 and have committed another minimum donation of $25,000 in 2013. We're proud to support such an outstanding organization working tirelessly towards breast cancer research.
    Christopher R. Klau - President

    Jun 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

  • Snooth User: rooster
    1245567 18

    When my wife and I visited Benziger in May, a van was there to deliver employees that have some level of handicap. It truly was impressive to see many of those less fortunate being given a degree of accomplishment they otherwise would not experience !

    Jul 01, 2013 at 7:01 PM

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