Angels swoop to save winemaker

10 May, 2013

Winemaker Katie Jones has started believing in angels after 2,500 Naked Wines customers came to her rescue when vandals destroyed her entire white vintage.

They struck at her idyllic winery in the Languedoc last month while she was away at a wine fair. The hooligans opened the taps of the vats of her award-winning Grenache Gris, letting the entire vintage pour away.

Naked Wines customers – called Angels – were asked in an online poll if they would like to help out Jones, and more than 2,000 said they would.

A neighbour allowed Jones to select a parcel of Corbières for Naked Wines to sell, with a bottle of Jones’ Fitou thrown in, for £80 each.

Naked Wines customers pre-ordered 30,000 bottles of wine in just 48 hours, and the money will be used to make the 2013 vintage.

Jones, who moved from Leicestershire to the Languedoc mountains 20 years ago to set up 9ha of vineyards, said: “I am so grateful for this overwhelming show of support. When I lost my entire white vintage it was a disaster, but this funding will help us get back on our feet and come back with an absolutely outstanding 2013 wine.  Thank you Naked Wines and all your lovely Angels.”

Eamon Fitzgerald, chief operating officer at Naked Wines, added: “When we read about Katie's plight we felt we had to do something. She's a first class winemaker and deserves some help to get back in business. As ever, our customers have shown they really care about good wine and great winemakers - and their response has been phenomenal.”

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