In a nutshell
The aim of this project is simple, to raise the money needed to import the first pallet of Vin2o wine into the UK. In return we’ve got a host of great rewards where you can get your hands on one of the first 600 bottles.
We sell wine and we help to fund clean water projects through our charity partner. At the moment we’re an e-commerce business. We sell a range of wines that we source through respected suppliers. We focus on wines from smaller producers who care about the craft of wine-making and looking after the environment. We want to take the business to the next level and produce a range of our own wines that we can wholesale to bars and restaurants.
We tasted wines from all over Europe in order to find the right wine for this project (it’s a tough job sometimes). Vignobles Toutigeac are a family vineyard based in Bordeaux. The current team, Xavier and Oriane are the fifth generation of the family to make wine. They produce a fantastic range of wines. Apart from being committed and passionate winemakers, the team at Toutigeac are really committed to the environment. They have invested heavily in organic water treatment at the winery and promote biodiversity at the vineyard.
Why we need your support
Despite constantly using the royal “we” Vin2o is just me. I’ve self funded the business so far which can be….interesting. Your support will fund the import of the first pallet of wines. The money will pay for the production, transport costs and duty. In addition to getting the product here we need labels designed and printed as well as a budget for marketing. If all goes well we would hope to have a little war-chest in order to make the venture more sustainable.
Your support will mean more than just money. Starting any business is hard; having a small but committed tribe with me, who believe in great wine and clean water, will be a real boost. Once we’re up and running we need to convince bars and restaurants that there’s a demand for our wine. A successful Crowdfunder campaign will be a huge help with that. Last, but not least, your support will help to provide clean water.
Supporting Clean Water
The wine we sell helps to fund clean water. We do this through the Bristol charity Frank Water. For ten years Frank has funded safe, clean drinking water for some of the poorest communities in India. Today over 300,000 people in 208 communities have clean water thanks to the work they do.
We donate 25p from every bottle of wine that we sell to support clean water projects. If you choose a reward that offers wine (and they pretty much all do) then we’ll still be giving 25p per bottle you recieve to Frank.
The water crisis is huge and ongoing. One in ten people in the world today lack access to clean water. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water related disease. The good news is that every £1 spent on water projects results in a £4 economic return. The problem seems overwhelming. Our aim is to make a small but important difference.
Some more details
Schedule: If funded we will be getting you your wine in time for Christmas. If you order a wine-tasting reward we’ll do that at a time that works for you and us. If you want it before Christmas we’ll try our damndest.
Collection: Delivering wine is not cheap (it costs £10 to send anything from 2 to 24 bottles). We’ve arranged it so you can collect wines from some lovely businesses in Bristol, Bath and London. We’re just confirming Bristol, and we have Colonna and Hunter in Bath and The Winemakers Club in Farringdon.
Ambassadors: We’ve got some Ambassadors (my mates) helping to promote the project and distributing wines at locations across the country. If you’ve seen one their flyers or posters then they will make sure that your wine gets to you.
The wines: You can find the wine technical sheets here.
A BIGNORMOUS thank-you (as my three year-old says) for coming to the page. We would love you to get involved. If that’s difficult, but you like what we’re up to, then please help us by sharing the video and spreading the word.
*When we get one.
Huge thanks go to Gabriel Gilson who did the video for the campaign, cheers Fella.