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 pink wine, bearing the title 19.62–a nod to his gold medal-winning 200m time from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On Tuesday evening, 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 out there 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 schooling.
100 bottles have been signed by the 200m gold medallist and will likely be out there 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 could be an incredible alternative to get out of my consolation zone a bit 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 greatest supporter– his mother, Beverley. “When Beverley toured Pillitteri Estates final fall along 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 preferred one pink specifically, then the subsequent factor , we started labelling and planning the launch occasion to boost 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 current 4x100m world championship relay group (Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake, Brendon Rodney); probably 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.”