So grateful: Valli winemaker Jen Parr, left, and owner Grant Taylor hand over a donation to Pound Paws' Ingrid Moore and Valli's Waitaki vineyard


An Oamaru-based animal rescue charity’s benefiting from the sale of a special Gibbston pinot noir memorial vintage.

Valli winemaker Jen Parr was heartbroken when her Labrador-cross, Missy, died two years ago, but wanted to turn her grief into something positive.

The result was the Valli Missy Pinot Noir 2019, made from Bannockburn grapes, which sold out in a matter of weeks after being released in December.

Recently a cheque for $6250, 10% of the gross sales of the wine, was presented to Pound Paws, an animal rescue operation based close to Valli’s Waitaki vineyards, where Valli owners Grant Taylor and Nicole Schofield adopted their dog, Thiefy, from.

Taylor says the special vintage was a way of remembering Missy, and donating a portion of sales to the charity ‘‘was a way of making it possible for others to experience the joy that Thiefy has brought us.’’

Pound Paws, like most non-profit organisations, has seen an increase in demand for services in the past 12 months, coupled with a decrease in donations as purse strings have tightened.

Its founder, Charmaine McLaren, says the donation from Valli will be used for dogs requiring extra work above its standard spray, neuter and vaccination package, for example, those with health issues or needing surgery.

‘‘We couldn’t be more grateful.’’

For more information on Pound Paws, or to donate, foster or adopt, visit Pound Paws Rescue on Facebook.