Borough Wines – Great Wines for a Great Cause

Borough Wines – great wines for a great cause

They say it takes a village to raise a child and in Marlborough it takes a Borough. Borough Wines is a story of generosity and collaboration from passionate people and organizations in Marlborough’s wine and grape growing industries, who have come together and produced a gift to support our youth.

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Borough wine – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Rosé – will retail at $14.99 a bottle, with proceeds going directly to helping our young people through the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough.

Mark Unwin, who chairs Socially Good Enterprises, a company set up to manage the Borough collaboration, says there are many people and organisations to thank.

“This fantastic initiative has been made possible through the generous donation of goods and services at every part of the wine production process, from growing grapes to winemaking and bottling.”

“The vision for Borough Wines is to create a long term, sustainable funding stream for the Graeme Dingle Foundation in Marlborough.”

“It’s a simple equation: great wines for a great cause.”

“With the exception of excise and GST, the proceeds from sales will go directly to the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough, to empower Marlborough’s young people to overcome life’s obstacles.”

“Borough’s 2020 vintage will earn $200,000 to $250,000 for the Graeme Dingle Foundation in Marlborough, and we hope this income will grow year on year.”

The wines are available to pre-order for Christmas at or from New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets.

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The Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough has worked with the region’s young people since 2011, running resilience and empowerment programmes tailored to different age groups and life transition points.

Regional Manager Kelvin Watt says the foundation’s work is a vital ‘fence at the top of the cliff’.

“Our young people need to learn skills and strategies to develop into resilient people who can cope and thrive in the workplaces of the future. They need to learn how to work together, understand other perspectives, collaborate for mutual success, and how to bounce back from setbacks. We want every Marlborough young person to know: what you have inside is greater than any obstacle.”

Nicki Stretch, Chair of Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough says nearly half of all Marlborough’s school students are involved in one of its programmes.

“We need to fundraise over $700,000 a year to meet our current demand and we have two new Kiwi Can schools coming on board in 2021. We also want to expand the Stars and Career Navigator programmes further to help more young people,” she says.

“We’re more than 99% funded by Marlborough, with less than 1% coming from Government funding. The Borough Wines fund will help us very significantly.”

Mark Unwin thanked all the partners involved.

“Thank you in particular to Geoff Matthews from Lion New Zealand, who initiated the Borough project, and whose team managed the winemaking and developed the brand and website. Thanks to WineWorks for the bottling, warehousing and distribution, Chandler Glass for the bottles and Adhesif New Zealand for the labels and printing.”  

“Thanks to our amazing growers who donated their fruit: Ben and Susie Glover, John and Sally Flanagan, Mark and Jacqui Taggart, Lyn and Phill Ricketts and Bob Donaldson and family.”

“I’d also like to thank Jim Tannock and Robb Duff for the amazing photography, Guala Closures, Chep Pallets, Wine Express, New World Blenheim and PAK’nSAVE Blenheim.

For further information on the story behind Borough, our partners and the wines, including tasting notes, go to:


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