Yalumba's grenache for good

By J'aime Cardillo

7 Mar, 2022

Together with Forage Built, Yalumba is combatting homelessness with its Homefullness Grenache. 

Yalumba, Australia's oldest family-owned winery, is helping to combat homelessness with their 2017 Homefullness Grenache. The collaboration is between Yalumba and Forage Built who are working to raise essential funding for innovative, sustainable and integrated housing for people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide.

Yalumba will donate 50 per cent from each 12-pack sold to Forage Built, with the aim of raising $90,000 to fund the build of at least one Forage Built Calyx. The pods are transportable, eco-friendly spaces for individuals to store belongings, sleep safely and call their own. Since launching the grenache last year, the winery has raised half their target.

Front entrance of Calyx PodForage Built's Calyx 16.

The Homefullness Grenache is juicy and light-bodied with notes of crunchy red apple, pomegranate and cracked green peppercorn. Yalumba's senior winemaker Sam Wigan says: "It’s the perfect wine to serve slightly chilled in the warmer months; delicious and approachable with loads of spice, cherry and raspberry."

Yalumba Homefullness Grenache 2017

“We have been very conscious of the challenges that our hospitality industry has faced over the past two years, leaving employees vulnerable with little or no income. Many people are now experiencing homelessness for the first time,” Sam says.

Scott Rogasch and Justin Westhoff are co-founders of Forage Supply Co and are leading the Forage Built project. Scott says: "Housing is not going to solve homelessness, community will, and projects like this wouldn’t be possible with out our amazing partners and supporters like Yalumba."

The 2017 Yalumba X Forage Built Homefullness Grenache packs of 12 are available to purchase from the Yalumba website and wine room for $120.