It’s tough here in Australia as we watch ferocious bushfires sweep across our beloved nation, impacting our communities, nature and precious wildlife. But among all this tragedy, the Aussie spirit is shining through with Australians digging deep to help support affected areas, including some of our major wine regions such as the Adelaide Hills, Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands, Tumbarumba and Kangaroo Island.
While donations are the main point of support, businesses are also joining forces to host events, auctions and raffles to provide direct donations as well as promote sales for businesses in affected areas. We’ve put together a list of some of these fundraising events happening across the country, where you can simply buy a ticket, bid on an auction or attend an event to show your support for not only our affected wine regions but wider communities.
Australia wide fundraisers
Margaret River locals Amato Vino, Margaret River Discovery Co, The Roozen Residence and Chef Tony Howell have united to offer you the chance to bid on the ultimate regional experience. The trip includes a private tour with Margaret River Discovery Co and a once in a lifetime dining experience prepared by Chef Tony Howell and paired with the premium wines of Amato Vino – all while staying at the luxurious Roozen Residence. The online auction is running from January 24th to Saturday February 1st at 9pm AEST, with all proceeds donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit https://app.galabid.com/firebreak/items.
Margaret River winery House of Cards are running a raffle for your chance to win a year’s supply of wine straight to your doorstep. Tickets are $20 with the prize also featuring local bottles from Windance Estate, Windows Estate, Marq Wines, Snake and Herring Wines and Goon Tycoons. The raffle is open to all Australian residents with all funds donated to affected Adelaide Hills wineries.
The Good Pair Days team has put together a Bushfire Support Wine Box featuring three wines from affected Adelaide Hills wineries Turon Wines, Golding Wines and Tomich Wines. The box is $90 with all profits donated to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
Enough beer to last you a year, that sounds pretty good to us! Tickets for the Hop Nation Brewing Co. Beer for a Year Raffle are only $10 with all the funds donated directly to the Red Cross and WIRES Wildlife Rescue charities. Be quick as ticket sales close on 15 January.
Looking for somewhere to enjoy a meal out? For the whole of January, venues in the Lucas Restaurants group will be donating $2 from every table towards bushfire relief charities such as the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, Wildlife Victoria, NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES Wildlife Rescue. Venues include Chin Chin (Sydney and Melbourne), Kisumé, Baby, Hawker Hall, Kong BBQ, Gogo Bar.
If you’re looking to purchase some wine, why not make it from some of the bushfire affected wineries in the Adelaide Hills? The team at Vinomofo are featuring a collection of bushfire-affected Adelaide Hills wines for purchase with 100% of profits heading straight back to the wineries. The collection is running until the end of January and features brands such as Vinteloper Wines, Golding Wines and Henschke.
Breweries and beer-centric venues across Australia are uniting for a day of bushfire relief fundraising on January 18th. Check out the website for the full list of venues taking part in the event and to see how and where their event funds will be donated. Also take a look at the website for a list of bushfire affected breweries to help you decide when purchasing your next slab.
Relief Hour: 17 January, Solotel Venues
Bushfire Relief Dish Or Drink: 10 January - 9 February
If you’re looking for somewhere to have knock off drinks, look for a Solotel venue to help support bushfire relief. On Friday January 17th, all Solotel pubs and bars will be hosting a Bushfire Relief Hour with all proceeds from food and drink sold between 5-7pm donated to the bushfire appeal.
In addition, the Solotel Group are also running their month-long Bushfire Relief Dish or Drink fundraiser. With venues donating 100% of proceeds from signature bushfire relief drinks and dishes to NSW and QLD Rural Fire Services. Visit the Solotel website to see the full range of participating venues and the selected drinks and dishes for the fundraiser.
Adelaide Hills wine label Borachio have joined forces with other local wineries to run their, as the name suggests, very big wine and cider raffle. The prize features 24 bottles and tickets are $25 with all proceeds donated to the Red Cross.
Fundraising events in each state
New South Wales
12 January, across Sydney venues Nomad, Chin Chin and Paramount Recreation Club
Join some of Sydney’s top chefs and venues for a day of top-notch food and drinks to support bushfire relief. While Nomad’s fundraiser brunch is already sold out, the day also includes an all day bake sale at Chin Chin and the recently announced rooftop lunch at Paramount Recreation Club. All participating venues, chefs and front of house staff will be donating their time, which means 100% of all the proceeds will go straight to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. If you can’t make it this Sunday, keep a lookout on Nomad’s website for the upcoming silent auction.
18 January, Barossa Valley
Book your seat now at Barossa favourite 1918 Bistro Bar & Grill for their Bushfire Appeal Lunch. Tickets are $80 and include a three course lunch matched with Chateau Tanunda Wines with 50% of the proceeds donated to the Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal.
31 January, Adelaide Convention Centre
Tickets are on sale now for the SA4SA Bushfire Appeal Gala Dinner which is aiming to raise over $100,000 to the SA Bushfire Appeal directly supporting victims of the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island fires. The black-tie event includes a three course dinner showcasing local produce and wine, live entertainment, guest speakers as well as plenty of opportunities to donate through auctions and raffles throughout the night. Visit app.galabid.com to start bidding across a range of items including premium dining experiences from Africola, Tuk Tuk Thai, Sparkke and more.
24-26 January, Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills have seen incredible loss through the ongoing bushfires, but the community is urging people to show their support by attending the upcoming Crush Festival. It’s the ultimate opportunity for people to directly support affected wineries through cellar door purchases, Crush events and general tourism across the region. Check out the Crush Festival website for updates and the full program across the Australia Day long weekend.
If you’ve ever wanted to dine at Adelaide’s iconic Restaurant Orana this could be your chance – the venue’s auctioning off a group dining experience for 12 lucky people, with all funds directly donated to the SA Country Fire Service and Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund. Bidding starts at $10,000 for the 18 course tasting menu with paired wines, with the winning bidder’s choice of any weekend lunch service across January and February. The auction closes at midnight Sunday 12 January and you can bid via the Orana Instagram page.
Never lose your wine glass again and get your hands on the Cellar Door Fest’s official glass holders. The team are selling the holders for $10 on their website with all proceeds going to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal and the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund. If you’re heading along to the Cellar Door Fest in Adelaide on February 7 you will also have the chance to bid on a silent wine auction – with a bottle of Penfolds Grange one of the top prizes.
13 January, The Everleigh
Start your working week the right way with 13 of Melbourne’s favourite bartenders as they face off for a cocktail showdown at The Everleigh. Entry for the event is $20 with each bartender serving up their signature cocktails for $15 each. There will also be food, live entertainment and a live auction with proceeds going to the Red Cross.
18 January, Lulie Tavern, Abbotsford
Want to taste wines while raising money for bushfire relief charities? Spend your Sunday arvo at the Lulie Tavern to taste and purchase a range of Australian wines including Latta Vino, Combes Wines, Lo-Fi Wines and more. Tickets are $30 with all sales to be donated across the Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Authority, Fire Relief for First Nations Communities, Red Cross and the WIRES Emergency Fund.
19 January, The Mill House
Your Sunday plans are sorted with an afternoon of fundraising at Melbourne’s The Mill House. Entry is on a pay what you can basis, and along with another five of Melbourne’s favourite bars, the venue will serving up signature cocktails, beers and boilermakers with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.
16 January, Settlers Tavern Margaret River
Join the Settlers Tavern crew for a night of food, wine, live entertainment and raffles to raise money for the Red Cross. It’s not their first rodeo either, with their fundraiser for the 2011 fires raising a whopping $40,000 – so get there and help them do it again!
19 January, Franklin Hobart
If you’re in Hobart, be sure to head to the city’s most famous restaurant for a street party with a cause. The Franklin team are bringing together some of the city’s top chefs, bartenders and producers along with local live music performances. There will also be a silent auction as well as door prizes and raffles, with all proceeds going to the WIRES Foundation and Country Fire Association.