Vin2o sells wine and helps to fund clean water for communities in the developing world. It's a one man start-up run by me Chris Coles.
In a nutshell
The aim of this project is simple, to raise the money needed to import the first pallet of Vin2o wine into the UK. In return we've got a host of great rewards where you can get your hands on one of the first 600 bottles.
We sell wine and we help to fund clean water projects through our charity partner. At the moment we're an e-commerce business. We sell a range of wines that we source through respected suppliers. We focus on wines from smaller producers who care about the craft of wine-making and looking after the environment. We want to take the business to the next level and produce a range of our own wines that we can wholesale to bars and restaurants. We tasted wines from all over Europe in order to find the right wine for this project (it's a tough job sometimes). Vignobles Toutigeac are a family vineyard based in Bordeaux. The current team, Xavier and Oriane are the fifth generation of the family to make wine. They produce a fantastic range of wines. Apart from being committed and passionate winemakers, the team at Toutigeac are really committed to the environment. They have invested heavily in organic water treatment at the winery and promote biodiversity at the vineyard.
Why we need your support
Despite constantly using the royal "we" Vin2o is just me. I've self funded the business so far which can be....interesting. Your support will fund the import of the first pallet of wines. The money will pay for the production, transport costs and duty. In addition to getting the product here we need labels designed and printed as well as a budget for marketing. If all goes well we would hope to have a little war-chest in order to make the venture more sustainable.
Your support will mean more than just money. Starting any business is hard; having a small but committed tribe with me, who believe in great wine and clean water, will be a real boost. Once we're up and running we need to convince bars and restaurants that there's a demand for our wine. A successful Crowdfunder campaign will be a huge help with that. Last, but not least, your support will help to provide clean water.
One of the great things about this project is that we can reward you with wine. This project will fund the first pallet of 600 bottles into the UK. We're offering the exclusive chance to get your hands on a numbered bottle of the first ever Vin2o wine.
We're calling the wine Beta, as in beta test, to reflect the experimental nature of what we're trying to achieve. The wines are made for us by Toutigeac at their estate at Targon, 18 miles South of Bordeaux in Entre-Duex-Mers. The wines are AOP Bordeaux. The red: a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.It's a soft, smooth red, full of wild strawberries and rich cassis. The perfect match for steaks, lamb burgers and hard cheeses.
The white: A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.It's refreshing, juicy and bursting with passion fruit, grapefruit and citrus. Ideal with shellfish, roast chicken and goats cheese.
All rewards over £100 come with one personalised wine flavour wheel. We'll take your message and add it to our wine flavour wheel. It will be printed A4 size in Bristol by specialist printers. You can see the wine flavour wheel below, and in more detail here.
Our Salmanazar reward comes with a Wine DNA report worth over £100. We'll call you up and conduct a phone consultation. After that we'll put together a report and infographic poster with wine likes, dislikes, recommendations, food matches, recipes, cocktails and other drinks especially for you.
We have a reward with a wine tasting. Be warned I come armed to the teeth with wines, cheese, charcuterie and other tasty treats.
All levels of reward come with a personal e-mail of thanks from me, a voucher for 20% off your next purchase of 6 bottles or more at Vin2o and a place in the Vin2o Hall of Fame. The Hall of fame will be a poster that we'll get designed, printed and framed for our office* with everyone's name on it. Everyone who participates will get a PDF so you can get it printed off if and stick it in your loo (or not).
Our top reward is the chance to buy bottles number 1-12 of both the red and the white (as well as a host of extra's). You'll get bottle 001 of both wines!
Supporting Clean Water
The wine we sell helps to fund clean water. We do this through the Bristol charity Frank Water. For ten years Frank has funded safe, clean drinking water for some of the poorest communities in India. Today over 300,000 people in 208 communities have clean water thanks to the work they do.
We donate 25p from every bottle of wine that we sell to support clean water projects. If you choose a reward that offers wine (and they pretty much all do) then we'll still be giving 25p per bottle you recieve to Frank.
The water crisis is huge and ongoing. One in ten people in the world today lack access to clean water. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water related disease. The good news is that every £1 spent on water projects results in a £4 economic return. The problem seems overwhelming. Our aim is to make a small but important difference.
Some more details
Schedule: If funded we will be getting you your wine in time for Christmas. If you order a wine-tasting reward we'll do that at a time that works for you and us. If you want it before Christmas we'll try our damndest.
Collection: Delivering wine is not cheap (it costs £10 to send anything from 2 to 24 bottles). We've arranged it so you can collect wines from some lovely businesses in Bristol, Bath and London. We're just confirming Bristol, and we have Colonna and Hunter in Bath and The Winemakers Club in Farringdon.
Ambassadors: We've got some Ambassadors (my mates) helping to promote the project and distributing wines at locations across the country. If you've seen one their flyers or posters then they will make sure that your wine gets to you.
The wines: You can find the wine technical sheets here.
A BIGNORMOUS thank-you (as my three year-old says) for coming to the page. We would love you to get involved. If that's difficult, but you like what we're up to, then please help us by sharing the video and spreading the word.
*When we get one.
Huge thanks go to Gabriel Gilson who did the video for the campaign, cheers Fella.