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January 2020

Giro di Toscana Wins The Vintners’ Benevolent Award

Friday 10 January saw members of the trade gather at Vintners’ Hall, the ‘spiritual home’ of the wine trade in the City of London, for the Worshipful Company of Vintner’s Wine Trade Lunch in aid of The Benevolent. The event saw guests enjoy a superb three course lunch accompanied by wines from the Vintners’ cellars, while helping to raise valuable funds for The Benevolent to offer support to anyone who works or has worked in the UK drinks industry and their families as well as networking with fellow members of the trade.

Ross Carter, Andrew Hawes and Michael Saunders

The event also saw the presentation of The Vintners’ Benevolent Award for Fundraising event of the year, which went to Mentzendorff’s Managing Director Andrew Hawes, pictured above with Ross Carter, CEO of The Benevolent and Michael Saunders, Chairman of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

Andrew, together with a group of colleagues, members of the trade and representatives from the supporting Italian wineries Tenuta Fertuna & Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, completed the Giro di Toscana, a 350km bike ride raising £35,000 for The Benevolent.

Andrew Hawes with The Vintners’ Benevolent Award

The Giro di Toscana was the tenth challenge of its type organised by Andrew Hawes and it exceeded its fundraising target of £20,000, by quite some margin, to make a new record total of £35,000. The riders had to battle the hills and the gravel roads ­– called Strade Bianche – of Tuscany in the extreme temperatures experienced in June 2019 with daily highs surpassing 40 degrees Celsius!

Chris Matthews of BBR

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