2,500 Naked Wines investors have backed relatively unknown French winemaker Jean Marc Astruc – pre-ordering 30,000 bottles of wine to raise over £190,000 in under a week.
For 12 years, Jean Marc was the President of his local wine co-operative. But after a tough couple of years, he was forced to stand down. After leaving his contract with his local co-operative in Tuchan, Southern France, Jean Marc was free to make wine of his own. He just needed the backing.
Marc approached Naked Wines, and their 150,000 Angels were happy to step in and show their support. Over 1,000 cases were ordered in less than 24 hours. The helping hand from Naked’s Angels has given Jean Marc the backing he needs to finally start making wines in his own right.
Marc is the Fiancé of winemaker Katie Jones. 2,500 Angels stepped in to rescue Katie in 2013, when vandals emptied an entire vintage of her award-winning wine.
“This is a huge day for me. It is a big dream come true and the investment will help to transform my business. I sat at home watching the site and it was totally incredible! Every time I blinked a new bid came in. I feel like my new adventure is really going to start. I still can’t believe it!”
Eamon Fitzgerald, MD of Naked Wines added:
“We’re delighted for Jean Marc. Winemakers like Jean Marc are the reason we launched Naked Wines in the first place. We wanted to offer talented producers who don’t have the capital a level-playing field – so they’re judged by what’s inside the bottle, not by the size of their marketing budget. As ever, our customers have shown they really care about good wine and great winemakers – and their response has been phenomenal. We would love to hear from other producers in a similar position to Jean Marc, and welcome applications from independent winemakers looking for funding.”
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