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A Gift from the Community: World Class Wine List now offered to Regional Hospital Patients

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A wave of public interest is sweeping through South Australia’s McLaren Vale with the introduction of an extensive new premium wine list in the region’s McLaren Vale and Districts War Memorial Hospital.

Eighteen McLaren Vale wineries have donated cases of world-class red, rose and white wines to the not-for-profit hospital’s catering division, with a different local winery to be featured each month.

The project was the brainchild of McLaren Vale locals Jock Harvey and Becky Hirst, both members of the hospital’s Board of Management, who approached the local wine industry when they felt strongly that patients of a hospital based in a world-class wine region should be offered something more than the usual lower-quality cask wine.

Richard Hancock, Chair of the hospital’s Board of Management, described the project as an “incredible measure of support from the local winemaking community, highlighting the strong connection local people have to the work of the hospital”.

“We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our local wineries and their donations will continue to contribute to the high-class yet welcoming atmosphere we strive to create.”

Both private and public patients will be offered a complimentary glass of wine with their evening meal following assessment and approval from their physician, and mothers using the hospital’s post-natal recovery service are excluded from the program.

McLaren Vale’s Grape, Wine and Tourism Association has been a keen supporter of the project and General Manager, Jennifer Lynch said she’s pleased with the hospital partnership.

“It is important that the McLaren Vale wine industry continues to support our local services. The hospital is the cornerstone of our community and is integral to the well being of the community. We hope to improve patient comfort with a simple gift to members of our community,” Ms Lynch said.

“We are a bit spoiled with the quality of wine we are used to here, but I doubt any other hospital in the world – or even many restaurants – would have such an extensive local wine list of such excellence and varietal diversity! I’d be tempted to suggest that our local hospital may now have the best hospital wine list in the world!”

As part of this initative, a promotional video has also been created.

Participating Wineries are:

  • Mollydooker Wines
  • Chalk Hill Wines
  • Hither & Yon
  • Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards
  • Paxton Vineyards
  • Inkwell Wines
  • Gemtree Vineyards
  • Rosemount Estate
  • Battle of Bosworth
  • Samuel’s Gorge
  • Maxwell Wines
  • Hedonist Wines
  • Ulithorne Wines
  • Angoves Family Winemakers
  • Chapel Hill Wine
  • Wistmosa Wines
  • Dog Ridge

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