The come back – Charity Wine Project Model…!

One year and nine months have passed since the auction’s hammer hit the table and we recounted our triumph, 517 amazing wines, 513,000 USD raised for the charity in Laos, and a great adventure turned a page towards becoming wonderful memories…

With the funds raised by our auction, the Lao Rehabilitation Foundation was able to continue making changes in the lives of many in Laos: From a new building for blind children at the Home of Light, to repairing furniture and infrastructure of the flood-damaged Simmano high school, to projects bringing fresh drinking water to villages, and providing remote-area medical care; the funding we all worked to raise are continuing to bear fruit. We encourage you to visit to read more!

Now that we are back in the Netherlands, we have realized that even though we were very lucky in doing the things we loved, we couldn’t let this experience be forgotten! In the end, wasn’t our point to inspire others?

So our realization has been that wine for us is as coffee, bread, art, fashion or anything else can be for someone else; a vehicle to which people can relate.
And traveling (locally or seeing the world) is for us like for many others, an amazing adventure that can open your mind. The support for Laos was our end goal and our drive, like another charity’s mission could be yours. We have concluded that our project’s model can be repeated and many amazing adventures and much good for the world can come out of this! This model, which we have tested ourselves, is the story of the book we are now working on! We will be publishing this book in a new way; on an exciting crowd-funded online platform, so stay tuned for how you can be part of this new page of the project!

We are looking forward to hearing from you! If you have tips or suggestions on the publishing/media/design world, or if you just want to catch up, write us soon!

What we have been doing in the last year:

What’s up with Georges, here and now?
He is a PhD research candidate at the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing. Working with… you guessed it, yeast!  Maybe you didnt know but yeast not only are used to make great wine, beer, bread, and more, but also have 30-40% genetic similarity to humans!  So they make a great model organism for aging studies.  And it seems that enjoying wine must be something inherent in nature and to life!

And what is new with Anja?:
She is founding the company UrbanSeeds – all about sustainability in our daily lives ; And she is working on the Crowd Effect – a crowd sourced project on solving pressing issues in our society by us, the people. During the other hidden hours of the day which she is able to root out, she writes and teaches about everything that has to do with Social Business development! PS: Anja’s summary of the report on data collected during the project is available here and contact her for more info!

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Hong Kong Auction Raises 500,000 USD for Laos!!!

Hong Kong: 27 May 2011

Our charity auction just happened in Hong Kong. The results are in and are incredible, we ourselves are left speechless. The bottles collected during the World Wine Tour 2010, all shown on our bottles collected page, raised 500,000 USD FOR CHARITY!!!!!!

We owe so many thanks to everyone participating in the project, from the sponsors who made it possible, to the vintners donating their wines, to all followers reading along with our journey. Especially, we owe many thanks to the Hong Kong and China community, from the tremendous help we received in organizing the event, to the immense generosity given while bidding for the wines. It was an event never to forget, and we will be writing more about it soon, with details! For now, Half a Million dollars collected for charity is all we will say, and thank you, thank you, thank you!


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Entering Germany, Ending the 2010′!

Germany: 10 January – 15 January 2011 Sneaking into 2011 with our January visit, our ‘2010’ tour of vineyards for charity wine donations proudly ended with the home of ice-wine, the eighth largest wine producer, and the fourth largest consumer … Continue reading

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The Depth and Character of Italy

Italy: 16 December – 24 December 2010 Home to some of the absolute oldest wine-producing regions in the world and with over 1 million vineyards under cultivation, we came to Italy, the second largest wine producer in the world (right … Continue reading

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Where so much began!

France: 1 December – 15 December 2010 A 13th century press, from Laroche in Burgundy, a testament to the ancient and traditional practice of winemaking in France. Winemaking is thought to have come to France in the Roman times, over … Continue reading

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The Iberian Mainland

Spain: 21 November – 29 November 2010 Continuing with the help of Catavino, the Iberian Peninsula experts, we entered the realm of the most widely planted wine producing nation in the world: Spain. Though low yields and wide spacing rows … Continue reading

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From Clinging Cliffs to Sprawling Plains

Portugal: 12 November – 20 November 2010 Porto, as viewed from the Yeatman Hotel We had just spent 9 and a half months traveling through the length and breadth of the New World of Wine, and Portugal would become our … Continue reading

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Uruguay: 29 October – 10 November 2010 If you keep eastwards and trace a line from the popular viticultural areas of Chile and Argentina, you will inevitably come across the latitude where Uruguay‘s vines also thrive. Bounded by the River … Continue reading

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Argentina: 13 October – 28 October 2010 A typical Mendoza style irrigation (here seen at Viña Cobos) Just a simple bus crossing over from Santiago the Capital of Chile brought us to Argentina’s capital of wine: Mendoza. Located in the … Continue reading

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Subregions of the Central Valley and Aconcagua!

Chile: 22 September – 13 October 2010 We continue now again in the Central Valley, in Curico and Cachapoal, and then travel to the Aconcagua greater region by visiting Casa Blanca, San Anthonio, and the Aconcagua sub region itself! We … Continue reading

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