What do Wayne Gretzky, Mike Weir, and Andre De Grasse all have in common? Aside from being Canadian athletes who have risen to the top of their chosen sports, you wouldn’t necessarily say that hockey, golf, or sprinting are much the same in terms of skill or score. But this year, Andre De Grasse is cementing his legacy in more than just the sports world, just like the Canadian icons mentioned above – by expanding his brand and putting his name on a bottle of Pillitteri Estate wine.

The 6-time Olympic and 5-time World Championship medalist is partnering with Pillitteri Estate Winery for a limited-edition bottle of a 2020 Corvina-Cabernet Franc blend, appropriately titled Andre De Grasse 19.62, an ode to the sprinter’s record-setting gold medal winning time in the Tokyo Olympics 200 metre final. With only 500 cases produced, the bottle is catalogued as a “reserve classic” – a title only given to wines produced in the best vintage years – meaning it has gone through a rigorous tasting panel.

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Pillitteri Estate Winery has a history of social responsibility and supporting athletes. The Team Canada Wine Collection, which donates $1 to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support Athletes, was established by the brand in 2017.

De Grasse teamed up with Pillitteri not just because of their stellar wines, but also because of their shared social commitments. “[With partnerships] I try to be a role model on and off the track” says De Grasse, who in 2018 founded the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation, a charity committed to inspiring and empowering youth through access to sports, education, and healthcare. $5 from each $50 bottle of wine sold will support the work of the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation.

After breaking into the mainstream spotlight in 2015 by winning bronze in the 100 metres and 4×100-metre relay events at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing and two gold medals at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, De Grasse signed one of the biggest multi-year shoe contracts in track and field history with Puma. This platform provided him with the opportunity to launch his foundation and invest in entrepreneurial endeavours such as his collaboration with Pillitteri.

The 27-year-old De Grasse, is certainly on the faster side (pun intended) of Canadian athletes entering the wine market. The wine, barrel aged in new French oak with complex cherry and stone fruit character, robust body, and an intense, lengthy finish is available in limited quantities. If you want the wine inspired by the world’s fastest 200-metre man, you better be quick about it. You can order your own bottle through Pillitteri. Andre has also signed a limited number of bottles being gifted to anyone that donates more than $500 to the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation before the end of the year.

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