Friday, 24 July 2015

Not quite the Tour de France: Here comes the Wine Peloton

The Wine Peloton are a group of Australian winemakers who cycle prodigious distances to raise money for charity – and they are heading for Tasmania.

The group, who last year successfully completed the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge and raised $40,000 for the Teen Rescue Foundation, have announced a new event for 2015.

Between November 22-28, the Wine Peloton will embark on a Tour of Tasmania, including Mount Wellington and Cradle Mountain – with the Huon Valley on the agenda for the opening stage.

The Wine Peloton will once again cycle in support of wine writer Tyson Stelzer’s Teen Rescue Foundation, which is dedicated to addressing the harmful use of alcohol among Australian teens through education and intervention.

“With an active and vocal anti-alcohol lobby which does not discriminate in its opposition to
different forms of alcoholic beverages, the wine community needs to demonstrate that it is
responsible member of the broader community, is being active in helping to prevent the
unintended abuse of alcohol and contributing to practical solutions to alcohol abuse,” says
peloton leader Drew Tuckwell, a winemaker at Printhie Wines in Orange, New South Wales.

Grapegrowers, winemakers, regional associations, retailers, distributors, marketers,
industry suppliers, wine shows and all businesses involved in wine are invited to pledge support as a partner, with sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $5000.

Some of the stages will be over 200km long and Tuckwell, along with fellow riders like Andrew Hanigan from Derwent Estate, says the overall aim is to raise more money than last year.

For details contact Drew Tuckwell on 0421 757 747 or drewtuckwell@yahoo.com. See www.winepeloton.com.au

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