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The "SolidAHRität" relief campaign launched by Dirk Würtz (Weingut St. Antony, Nierstein) in his Facebook group "Hauptsache Wein " a few days ago for Ahr vintners damaged by the flood sold 10,000 wine packages of six bottles each within 48 hours. This means that 60,000 bottles have been ordered in this period by winegrowers also from Austria and South Tyrol to support farms that have lost everything or almost everything. Each package is a surprise package and costs 65 euros. Due to this huge number, however, delivery may currently be delayed by a few days.

"What I have been experiencing the last few days is somehow like the "Live Aid" of the wine world. I have never experienced anything like this before", Würtz writes. According to his statement, his team will "stop the whole thing now for the time being in order to work off this insane number of orders". But that is only a logistical pause: "We still need wine and we still need boxes and we also need donors in terms of transport costs, so that as much money as possible comes directly to the Ahr", he calls on the members of "Hauptsache Wein".

Dirk Würtz is coordinating the project and, together with his team, is providing free storage space, logistics and labour to accept the wine donations as well as packing and sending the packages. The proceeds of the campaign will go entirely to the affected winegrowers.

(uka / Graphic: Solidarity)

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