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Amanda BarnesBy Amanda Barnes
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Amanda BarnesBy Amanda Barnes
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About

Around the World in 80 Harvests is a wine adventure like no other.  
 
Why? 80 Harvests is a global wine adventure that aims to build a community to connect wine lovers and professionals with wine regions across the world. We'll break open the highly-guarded secrets from the wine elite, put innovative and emerging regions on the map, share trends and travels, and bring the world of wine to you.

Not only will the content itself be unique, but also the approach. I want you to be part of the process and accompany me visiting each region while it is in full swing with the wine harvest. Discover each place through live video streams, handy guides and photography, and meet the producers in live interviews, web conferences and more. The project will culminate with a book and an online library of knowledge, but this story is about the journey.

80 wine regions in 6 continents
80 wine regions in 6 continents

We all love drinking it, but sometimes trying to understand wine can feel like a bad hangover. The key to a wine is its place and people, and the aim of 80 Harvests is to bring each region to life so you can experience and understand it too.

Why 80? 

The inspiration for the name comes from the great adventure tale of Jules Verne - Around the World in 80 Days. The main character, Phileas Fogg, sets out to travel the world in 80 days with a wager of £20,000. You might spot some similarities with my project. 

But beyond literary romanticism, 80 is a great number to capture the world of wine - from the great classics and uber-famous wine regions to the emerging and less traveled wine regions that are off the beaten track. You might notice that some regions are given lots of attention in wine books, and others barely any at all. The concept of 80 Harvests is democratic - giving each region the same importance and detail. I will be talking to the experts and producers of each region so that you get the best information and insight.

Where will we visit? 

This is the fun part. I want you to help decide. Our plan is to hit 6 continents and 42 countries during their harvest period (this has been the trickiest part logistically and in planning) but I want you to be able to vote up and down certain regions and producers so that you can help write this book, and decide the journey we take. 

The outline is below (but there’s always room for a wildcard) and I’ve already planned the first leg for South America, which you can take a look at here! I'm also colluding with top experts in each region to dig out some of the very best and most interesting producers to highlight. You can take a look at their recommendations at the bottom of the page!

So what sort of thing will we be seeing in each region?

Perhaps the best way to demonstrate the sort of content is by taking a look at this - the plan and agenda for the first leg of 80 Harvests, where we will meet top winemakers, viticulturists and wine experts from the regions, as well as the best chefs and other interesting personalities to help express what is interesting about each region and how it has influenced the wine you taste today. Each region will be brought to life with video and photography from invited photographers in each region, as well as live conferences and live video streams. You can catch up on all the places visited and learn about each region through articles, guides, infographics and a global database of information available on the website and in the digital magazine and later print magazine and book. 

What will you get by backing this project? 

When you become a member of 80 Harvests, you will receive access to our digital magazine, website resources, wine and travel guides, expert interviews, and so much more. You’ll also be part of something bigger – a growing wine community through 80 Harvests.

Please see below for samples, and check out the other exciting Kickstarter benefits to see which level is right for you.

Member: membership to website with all the main content

Member & Magazine Subscriber: digital magazine and membership to website 

PRO Member: membership to website, digital magazine, special expert webinars, video conferences, and an online technical database with detailed information from each region. This package is ideal for wine professionals or serious wine lovers (we have a special student rate through Kickstarter!)

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See some of the planned magazine features here
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Why £20,000?

While Phileas Fogg was able to travel the whole world on this amount in 1873, prices are a little higher nowadays! But £20,000 is the amount I calculate necessary to kickstart the project at a grassroots level and get it rolling with the website, book and video production costs, as well as covering the major intercontinental travel for one person flying economy.

All the funds accrued by Kickstarter will be published online in an open-accounting policy, so you can see that your money is spent on bringing the project to life and making it valuable for everyone. I’m eager to get started. Which is why I’ve saved up enough to fund the first three months of the adventure (see the schedule here

I’m backing this too, and the more people we can get to invest - the greater the impact of the project will be and the more we can open up the world of wine to everyone.         

About the Author   

My name is Amanda; I’m a wine writer and wine drinker. Seven years ago I left my home in England to head out on a wine adventure on the other side of the world - in South America. I figured the best place to learn about wine was in a place where they make it and South America had always lured me from afar. I quit my job as editor at the local newspaper, packed a backpack and bought a ticket to Argentina.

I’ve been living between the vineyards of Chile and Argentina ever since; I specialise in their wine regions and write for different books and magazines. You can snoop out my CV and more information here. Living among the vineyards of Argentina and Chile over the last 7 years, I’ve learnt that the only way to truly understand a wine is to see where - and who - it comes from. This is what I plan to show you with 80 Harvests.

Check out our full interview with wine expert Jancis Robinson about her top wine harvests and trends:

Risks and challenges

I’m an experienced land-loper, and know the risks and challenges involved in such a big journey. Any mishaps on the road (barring any fatality!) will all be part of the adventure which a decent insurance policy and sense of humour usually cover.

Potential technical delays are in the website development. During the month of March I will already have a simple website set up and, if we reach our Kickstarter goal, the professionally-built website should be ready by the end of April. If there is any delay, the simple site will serve in the meantime. If we reach beyond our goal then all of this will be much faster!

In my team, I have help from my video editor in Scotland (Hi Aurelien!), my graphic designer in Argentina (Hola Pablo!) and my friendly sub-editor in Chile (Cheers Helen!). More members of the #80harvests team are cordially invited, so please just email me if you want to be part of it: info@amandabarnes.co.uk

I have ten years' experience producing monthly print magazines and weekly newspapers, so I understand timelines and believe it is feasible with the dates outlined.

Might we run out of money? I have budgeted for the main costs, and unless there is a large unforeseen expenditure, the journey should be covered. This is not a project through which I aim to make money or take a salary. On the contrary, I am investing in 80 Harvests too. If you want to keep an eye on expenditure, I will publish the kickstarter accounts publicly each quarter.

The biggest challenge is making it in time for harvest. Harvest dates are dictated by the whim of nature, so there is, of course, a risk that when I arrive at the destination, the harvest will have been delayed, or even be already over! In this case, while we won’t have any pictures of the grapes coming in, I will report on the region, wines and place in the same way and with the same detail. The weeks before or after a harvest are equally as exciting and eventful!

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    World wine infographic & great wine karma sent your way!

    We'll send you a digital wine infographic so you can tick off the countries and taste along with the journey. You'll also get a whole lot of great wine karma coming your way! Thank you!

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    Welcome to the club! Exclusive WEBSITE MEMBERSHIP.

    You’ll get 2 year's membership of the wine lovers' website with access to videos, blogs and handy guides to all 80 wine regions, including photo galleries and producer interviews.

    Thank you for helping to make 80 Harvests a big global wine community!

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    TWITTER SHOUT OUT from the road & website membership!

    Get a personal shout out and fun photo from the road to your twitter profile. I can't guarantee you'll get any more twitter mates, but you'll definitely score some street cred and wine love.

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    PERSONALISED PHOTO from the road & website membership!

    You tell me what photo you want, and we'll do our best to organize it! Maybe you want your restaurant logo snapped next to a famous chateau in Bordeaux? Or perhaps you want 'Will you marry me Helen?' to appear next to a Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne? Let me know what photo you want and I'll do my best to capture it.

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    MONTHLY MAGAZINE & website subscription!

    Welcome to our digital magazine! A monthly e-magazine for serious wine lovers who like to sit down to a good read with a glass of wine in hand. Each month we'll send the 80 Harvests digital magazine straight to your inbox with producer profiles, easy-to-read infographics, beautiful images from local photographers, wine travel guide and more for each of the 80 destinations!

    If this is a gift, I'll send a personal digital card explaining the receiver's two-year wine magazine and website subscription. The first magazine will be out for April 2016.

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    Collector's item: POSTCARD TRILOGY (includes magazine & website subscription)

    I (and some winemakers we visit!) will personally write and send you a hand-scrawn postcard from 3 far-flung destinations around the world with wine tips from the region’s experts, highlights of the destination and a bit of the local gossip. Let’s bring back the buzz of fun, unexpected post!

    It's a pretty smart gift for a wine lover, and personal wine notes from top bods in the industry aren't going to look bad above your wine collection either...

    (English is the offered language, but email me any requests and I'll do my best!)

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    PRIVATE PHOTO ALBUM (includes magazine & website subscription)

    I'll bring along a disposable camera to one thrilling wine destination and get snap happy for you. I'll post it back to you and you'll have your own unique photo collection from the region with producers, places and funny moments. If you prefer digital, opt for 30 unique shots taken by me. If you are giving this as a gift, let me know and we can work out the best delivery date for you. Email me any requests regarding the location of the photos or delivery date!

    NB: This prize doesn't include film development, but it does include postage of the camera to your address.

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    ONLINE WINE PARTY (includes magazine & website subscription)

    You’ll be invited to monthly online wine tastings where you can taste along with me (+ special guests!) each month exploring the wines of the regions we’ve been visiting, from the comfort of your home. You'll get your recommended wine list one week ahead of the live tasting, and you can playback and watch the tasting at any time. You can also send in questions pre-tasting, or live during the tasting! A great wine education, a fun excuse to taste lots of different wines, and a monthly date with a new, digital wine club. Tastings start in May 2016 and run through to December 2017.

    PS. Please note that, as per Kickstarter's rules, there is no alcohol in this prize.

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    WINE STUDENT RATE for PRO WEBSITE

    If you are a wine student, you can take advantage of the special rate for the pro website (see below). Just email me a valid certificate with your enrollment at a certified wine education center. Thanks for backing #80harvests, we hope to be a good study buddy for you!

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    PRINT 80 HARVESTS MAGAZINE (includes digital magazine & website subscription)

    Relive the adventures and get inspired by the beautiful images of invited photographers in a full colour bumper edition printed magazine with all 80 destinations and guides to the regions, producers and wines.

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    Move over - I'm a pro! PRO WEBSITE ACCESS (& digital magazine)

    This is the pro package where you will get a two year subscription to a growing technical database of information for each location and be invited to specialist online seminars and video conferences with local experts in each region. This is ideal for those who want to talk shop with wine producers and experts around the world. We're going to scratch deep, and break the secrets of terroir right open! Pro subscribers will also have access to the wine lovers' site and monthly magazine.

    First seminar planned for April 2016 (see agenda for details).

    STUDENT RATE: £60. Email me your enrolment certificate for a certified wine school and get a special student rate for the pro package!

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    PRINTED 80 HARVESTS BOOK (includes digital magazine & website subscription)

    Be the first to own this collector’s edition coffee-table book covering all 80 wine regions with beautiful photography and written guides to each region. If you are giving this as a gift, just let me know if you want a handwritten message in the inside cover!

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    PREMIER CRU SPONSOR (includes pro website, digital & print magazine, print book)

    You or your business can be one of the first sponsors of 80 Harvests! We'll acknowledge your support with your name / company logo in the print book, printed magazine and give you a half page ad in the first digital magazine!

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    GRAN CRU SPONSOR (includes pro website, digital & print magazine, print book)

    Join as one of our pioneering sponsors of 80 Harvests! We'll acknowledge your support with your name / company logo in the print book, printed magazine and give you a full page ad in the first digital magazine! We'll also give you a social media shout out while we are on the road!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (includes pro website, digital & print magazine, 2 copies of print book)

    As an 80 Harvests associate producer, we'll recognize your name / company logo in one video, on the website, print book, printed magazine and give you a full page ad in the first digital magazine! You’ll also get an appreciative social media shout out!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (includes pro website, digital & print magazine, 2 copies of print book)

    As our pioneering 80 Harvests Exec Producer, we'll recognize your name / company logo as our producer in two videos, on the website, print book, printed magazine and give you a full page ad in the first digital magazine! We’ll post your special story about why you supported 80 Harvests on our social media. Thank you for helping us build this wine community!

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    VIP WINE PARTY/CLASS IN YOUR HOME (includes pro website & digital and print magazine)

    I’ll fly to wherever you are* for a private wine party/class for you and up to 7 of your friends or colleagues. While I can't offer alcohol as the prize (check out Kickstarter's prohibited list), I shall be bringing my own personal luggage to the party with some mementoes from 80 Harvests. You can email me for more information before backing this reward, and we'll skype leading up to the event to set the format how you like it!

    *To be organised in 2016, 2017 or early 2018, and only available at major destinations with an international airport nearby. Restrictions apply.

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    Come with me! ANYWHERE!

    Come and be part of the 80 harvests experience! You and your companion of choice can join us at one of the destination regions of your choice, get full access to the producers, be part of the filming, appear in a few photos, and take home a taste of your trip. Your name will appear in the book credits and you can discover one of these amazing destinations first hand with exclusive access to some of the most intriguing producers in the world. Imagine joining us in one of the world's most famous chateaux in Burgundy in October, or the most innovative winery in New Zealand next March! Or perhaps you want to discover the new wine regions of China in September, or get your holidays off to a white start with the ice harvest in Canada next winter? Accommodation is provided for 2 nights, including all meals and beverages, but you’ll need to front your own transport to the location. Includes print book & magazine, digital magazine & website subscription.

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