“With the charity in mind, we felt like this was a great fit for us and an opportunity to show the world of fine wine just what we are capable of.” George Macdonald
Recently, the team at Grant Macdonald were proud to be approached by Liquid Icons for the production of the Golden Vines Trophies, which were awarded last week to the star performers of the fine wine industry, raising funds for The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation.
The Golden Vines Awards raise funds for this charity with the objective of funding diversity and inclusion-related wine education programmes around the world, including the headline Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship Programmes. This programme has seen 42 BAME/BIPOC students from 23 different countries apply for two scholarships, each worth £55,000.
Each Award Winner at the event was awarded The Golden Vines Award Trophy, for which our craftsmen were delighted to collaborate with Aline Nienaber of Hill & Sky, the creative designers. Producing the cork part of the Trophy design, Amorim Cork sponsored the artwork of renowned London-born artist, Shantell Martin:
“When the team at Liquid Icons approached me for this project, I couldn’t turn it down. To support their efforts to bring diversity and inclusivity to an industry so obviously lacking, while honoring and celebrating the best fine wine producers globally, was a unique opportunity for any artist. At the same time, I have never worked with cork before, and it has been fascinating to work with this incredible sustainable material.”
As one of the world’s foremost silversmiths and goldsmiths, our craftsmen were eager to get involved with the elegant silverwork seen on each trophy. Our philosophy is one of luxury and legacy, creating fine workmanship steeped in heritage and innovative design. Our belief that fine precious metals should be used and cherished by today’s owners means that trophies like this are perfectly aligned with our ethos:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Grant Macdonald to work alongside the artwork of Shantell Martin and the craftsmanship of Amorim cork. With the charity in mind, we felt like this was a great fit for us and an opportunity to show the world of fine wine just what we are capable of.”
Lewis Chest DipWSET, on behalf of The Golden Vines organised, Liquid Icons, and Trustee of The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation, commented:
“We are delighted that such a talented artist as Shantell Martin has agreed to design the artwork for the Golden Vines Trophy. Shantell is one of the leading talents of her generation, and as a gay woman of colour embodies our efforts to bring diversity and inclusivity to the world of wine. We also want to thank Amorim for their generosity and integral involvement in the Trophy design and production, along with Aline Nienabar’s creative design and Grant Macdonald’s extraordinary skill in the silverwork component of the design, both of whom are providing sponsorship for the Foundation’s diversity and inclusivity charitable work in the world of wine.”
So, this week, we’re raising a glass to the winners of The Golden Vines. To learn more about the charitable work of this incredible organisation, visit Liquid Icons and get to grips with the Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships and The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation.