Published January 25, 2013
One of Australia's leading winemakers is distancing itself from the National Rifle Association, after the company learned it was one of 20 Australian producers that sold wine through the association's for-profit wine club.
According to Australian's Herald Sun newspaper, Yalumba is pulling its four wines sold through the NRA site. According to pro-gun lobby's executive vice president, Wayne La Pierre, a donation from every bottle of wine purchased through the club goes to the NRA to support its battle to preserve the Second Amendment.
Yalumba's owner Robert Hill Smith told the Herald Sun he didn’t want his wines associated with the controversial pro-gun rights group.
“Philosophically, I’m not disposed towards the NRA, which runs counter to my family’s, and I would think all my employees’, positions on gun laws,” he said.
Other Australian producers on NRA's wine club listings include St Hallett, Jim Barry Wines, d'Arenberg, Tahbilk, and Primo Estate, reported the Herald Sun. The newspaper spoke to Jim Barry Wines boss Peter Barry who said that he unaware that their wines were also among the NRA club's wine listings.
"It's five steps removed from when I sell the wine," Jim Barry Wines boss Peter Barry told the Herald Sun. "No matter religion, colour or creed, I'm just happy people are drinking and enjoying Australian wine."