Recaredo participates in Gérard Basset Foundation charity auction
The Gérard Basset Foundation has held the second edition of the Golden Vines Fine Wine, Rare Spirit & Experience Global Online Charity Auction, which offered over 100 lots from renowned wineries around the world. The event aims to raise funds to support selected beneficiaries committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the wine, spirits and hospitality sectors by offering them the chance to take part in educational and professional courses. Providing opportunities for disadvantaged groups and minorities is a particular priority.
The charity auction ran for 15 days from 1 October 2022, with wineries offering large formats of their most iconic wines and a “money-can’t-buy” experience consisting of a private visit, a tasting, and a lunch or dinner with the owners or winemakers of each winery. Participating wineries included Dom Pérignon, Domaine de la Romanée Conti & The May, James K. Finkel, Krug, Pingus and Abadía Retuerta. For its part, Recaredo offered a lot intended to raise awareness of the Penedès region, consisting of two 3-litre bottles (jeroboams) of Recaredo Terrers 2014 signed by Ton Mata, a member of the third generation of the Recaredo family, and a VIP visit for six people, including a wine tasting accompanied by a meal prepared by chef Pere Massana i Pulido and hosted by Ton Mata.
The charity auction aimed to raise £1.2 million to fund a range of educational programmes, including the Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship, the Dom Pérignon Golden Vines® Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Scholarships, the Hennessy Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarship in Spirits, and other Golden Vines® scholarship programmes focusing on diversity and inclusion.
Gérard Basset OBE MS MW was one of only four people in the world to obtain the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine qualifications and was also awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE). During his lifetime, one of his main commitments was to mentor and guide young people seeking to launch careers in the wine and hospitality industries. Since his death in 2019, the Gérard Basset Foundation, set up by his family to honour his legacy, has continued to pursue this goal.