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Grapes for Humanity wine auction raises money to fight the effects of climate change

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Grapes for Humanity Canada partners with Waddington Auctioneers and Dymon Wine Cellars to present the Grapes for Climate Change Action Wine Auction.

Alex I is happy to donate instruments and rare wine to help raise funds for these urgent needs. I am proud of my long association with Grapes for Humanity Canada and the good work we have done.

—Geddy Lee

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, October 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Proceeds from the auction will be directed to the fight against climate change and to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The Grapes for Humanity Auctions is offered online from October 12 to 19 by waddington Auctioneers.

This exciting auction features some of the most sought-after bottles of wine, exceptional ready-to-drink wines, special items like bottles and autographed guitars donated by Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Canadian winemaker dinners at the best restaurants, a unique winery of experiences in Canada and abroad, guided tours of hard-to-reach wilderness areas in Ontario and much more. Also of note is the return to auction of Cuvée from the Heart – community blends of winemakers from Ontario and British Columbia who contributed their best wines to create barrels of pinot noir and chardonnay for this auction.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Tree Canada and humanitarian aid in Ukraine.


Experience a private tour of the Château Latour winery in Bordeaux, France, followed by lunch at Château Latour for four. Included are two bottles of legendary vintages, 1945 and 1959; the 1959 Latour is offered and signed by Geddy Lee. Enjoy dinner hosted by world-renowned musicians, singers, songwriters Les Claypool and his wife Chaney, along with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson at the famous Barberian’s Steak House located in Toronto. Wines served with dinner will include Claypool’s Pachyderm Champagne and the full range of its Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Create your own music with a Fender Jazz Bass autographed by Geddy Lee or an Epiphone Les Paul autographed by Alex Lifeson. Taste or cellar magnums of Il Palagio Sister Moon 2016, autographed by owners Sting and Trudie Styler. Show off a pair of SJP shoes while sipping Sarah’s Invivo X SJP Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2021 and Rose Sud de France 2021. Treat yourself to many special wines from Geddy Lee’s personal cellar.

Visit the Waddington website at www.waddingtons.ca to view and bid on all lots featured in this auction.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s unifying force for nature working to ensure permanent land conservation on a large scale. NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through direct action on the ground to protect and care for our lands and waters. Since 1962, NCC has brought people together to conserve more than 15 million hectares.

“The Nature Conservancy of Canada is once again delighted to be one of the charities supported by the grapes for humanity Auction 2022,” says Mike Hendren, Regional Vice President, Ontario Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “NCC is committed to addressing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss and the funds raised through this auction will help protect and care for Ontario’s critical lands and waters this year. including the Boreal Wildlands project. When nature thrives, we all thrive.”
Mike Hendren, Regional Vice President, Ontario Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Tree Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to the planting and maintenance of trees in rural and urban areas. They contribute to the growth of Canada’s forest cover through their programs, research and engagement efforts and by providing grants to communities and schools. They are thought leaders and capacity builders, collaborating with a network of industry experts, academics and other nonprofits to build community knowledge and help municipalities plan and maintain the local canopy. Together with its partners and sponsors, Tree Canada has planted over 84 million trees.

“Tree Canada is thrilled to be a nominated charity for the 2022 Grapes of Humanity auction for action on climate change. We know that trees absorb carbon dioxide, which is essential in the fight against climate change, but trees are also important for people and wildlife by naturally cooling our cities and absorbing pollutants. Your generous support will help create better places to live across Canada.
Nicole Hurtubise, CEO, Tree Canada.


The auction is offered online October 12-19 on Waddington’s. The special auction conditions do not include any buyer’s commission or tax. Visit Waddington to view the auction and register to bid.

Find out how to register for the auction and more at www.waddingtons.ca.


Waddington’s Auctioneers is Canada’s oldest and most diverse auction company. Waddington’s is the first and only company in Ontario authorized to offer the auction of fine wines and spirits, under the authority of the LCBO. Find out more at waddingtons.ca

DYMON Wine Cellar is designed to be a place of inspiration and elegance offering high quality private cellars, an exclusive wine club, members lounge, beautiful tasting rooms and event space. Inspired by the love of wine, DYMON private wine cellars combine innovative functionality with sophisticated design and perfect cellar conditions. Learn more: winecellar.dymon.ca

Grapes for Humanity Canada is a national charity co-founded in 2001 by wine writer Tony Aspler and Arlene Willis. Grapes for Humanity has raised millions of dollars for many global humanitarian projects. The foundation has partnered with Waddington’s in 2020 to host its first online charity wine auction in Ontario to support the struggling hospitality sector. The 2022 auction reinforces GFH’s commitment to raising funds to help combat the threat of climate change and support global communities in need. Learn more about raisinsforhumanity.com

Tess McLean
Waddington Auctioneers
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