Millthorpe businesses receive a two pack of wine from an anonymous donor

WINE SURPRISE: Mary Dowrick Debere and Anna Franceschini with the bottles of wine that they received from an anonymous donor. Photo: Mark Logan.
WINE SURPRISE: Mary Dowrick Debere and Anna Franceschini with the bottles of wine that they received from an anonymous donor. Photo: Mark Logan.

As a village whose businesses depend so heavily on the tourism trade, Millthorpe's boutique stores and cafes have really taken a knock during the recent lockdowns.

Even though school holidays are usually some of their busiest days, the streets have still been very quiet lately.

Those shopkeepers spirits though have been buoyed by a very unexpected and welcome gift of two bottles of Angullong wine, ordered by an anonymous donor and hand delivered by Angullong's Heidi Crossing.

"It moved me to tears," said an emotional Anna Franceschini from Dolce Sweets and Treats.

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"On the card it said it was for all the businesses that make Millthorpe so precious. It's whoever organised this that makes it so special."

Mary Dowrick Debere from Millthorpe Blue said that the gift was all a bit overwhelming.

"There are some businesses in Millthorpe that are really quite new, so to be slammed shut like that is really difficult for them," she said.

"The donors have seen that the businesses are doing it hard, and this is a magnificent gesture."

Sue Pardey from the Trade Caravan said that at first she thought it was a case of a wrong delivery.

"Heidi was standing there with the bottles and I was convinced that she was in the wrong shop," she laughed.

"It really was an extraordinary gesture by whoever it was that donated the wine."