Canada’s most embellished male Olympian, Andre De Grasse, has teamed up with Pillitteri Estates Vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., to launch his signature purple wine, bearing the title 19.62–a nod to his gold medal-winning 200m time from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On Tuesday night time, De Grasse hosted an occasion at Toronto’s iconic Casa Loma celebrating his accomplishments and the brand new wine.
The wine is a reserve corvina cabernet franc mix from a 2020 classic. Solely 6,000 bottles of the wine have been produced, and it’s accessible on-line for $50. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Andre De Grasse Household Basis, which is dedicated to empowering and galvanizing youth by way of sport and training.
100 bottles have been signed by the 200m gold medallist and shall be accessible for buy at $500, with proceeds going towards the Andre De Grasse Future Champions Scholarship Program.
Pillitteri Estates Vineyard is a companion of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “After successful gold in Tokyo, I believed this may be an amazing alternative to get out of my consolation zone a bit of bit and present that I’m greater than an athlete,” stated De Grasse to the media.
The traits of the wine have been chosen by De Grasse’s largest supporter– his mother, Beverley. “When Beverley toured Pillitteri Estates final fall together with her household and associates, she put collectively a couple of tasting samples for her son, who was coaching in Florida on the time,” says Brian Levine, President of Envision Sports activities & Leisure (De Grasse’s company).
“De Grasse and his mother favored one purple particularly, then the subsequent factor you already know, we started labelling and planning the launch celebration to lift cash for the Andre De Grasse Basis,” says Levine.
Canadian Olympic royalty and sports activities celebrities got here out in help, together with the opposite members of the latest 4x100m world championship relay group (Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake, Brendon Rodney); essentially the most embellished feminine Canadian Olympian, Penny Oleksiak; Canadian decathlete and 2022 world championship silver medallist Pierce LePage and Toronto Raptors ahead, OG Anunoby.
“It is a good partnership of champions,” says Charlie Pillitteri, Proprietor of Pillitteri Estates. “Pillitteri Estates Vineyard has achieved excellence on the world wine stage, successful over 1,000 awards. We’re proud to have partnered with De Grasse in producing this signature wine supporting the Andre De Grasse Household Basis.”