On Saturday 20 November 2021 we were delighted to host our Open House event. The first was held in 2019 and was a great success, so it was wonderful to be able to open our doors and raise a glass with everyone again after such a challenging couple of years.
We were absolutely bowled over by the attendance and support for this special event, particularly as the proceeds from the ticket sales went to our chosen local charity, Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Plus it gave us the opportunity to celebrate some of our amazing local partners and to come together under one roof to bring some seasonal cheer.
We are pleased and proud to announce that the total raised for Demelza Hospice Care for Children from our Open House Event is £760.00.
Petra Bones, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager at Demelza, expressed her thanks on behalf of the charity; "Demelza will give every child we see the very best care we can over the holidays – this is only possible with the support of our community - people like you, your team and customers. Your support will help us to wave a magic wand over children with serious or terminal conditions this Christmas, to make sure they receive the expert medical care they need – and the Christmas fun and joy they deserve."
We would also like to give thanks to everyone who attended and donated. We look forward to supporting Demelza again in 2022.
Additionally, we would like to extend our thanks to three fantastic local suppliers, who joined our Open House Event to make it even more special. The marvellous Macknade joined in the celebrations and, alongside a welcome mince pie for each guest and our beautiful Christmas Tree taking pride of place in the Simpsons' reception area, they also provided some fantastic festive fayre to sample and purchase.
Annie Brown Aromathérapie presented her boutique cosmetics, which are crafted using locally-sourced products, including lees from our winery to make her rustic Pinot Noir soap.
Barretts Jaguar Land Rover provided two of their latest luxurious four-wheel drives for VIP visits to our Railway Hill Vineyard, which proved to be exceptionally popular.
In addition to our exquisite English wines, we had the pleasure of pouring the range from our southern French sister estate, Domaine Sainte Rose.
Plus our Christmas gifting collection was launched at the event, including our still and sparkling wine gift hampers.
The Q Class 2020 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir magnums wines were also available to purchase on the day and have received a fantastic reception by trade, press and consumers alike.
We invite you to peruse our latest collection, which is certain to delight the wine lovers in your life or provide a luxurious treat for yourself.
Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides support for over 600 children with serious or terminal conditions. Their team works tirelessly to offer expert nursing care for children and their families. This is really important at this time of year and the Demelza team are planning to make some very special festive memories for the families in their care.
Please visit their website to find out more about the amazing work this charity does and offer your support if you can.