The Naples Winter Wine Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, offers a weekend of unforgettable memories. Guests enjoy world-class food and wine during intimate dinners in private homes, and are invited to bid on once-in-a-lifetime travel and wine experiences during an electrifying live auction. Since its inaugural event in 2001, the NWWF has raised more than $176 million, making a profound difference in the lives of thousands of children.
This year’s Festival brought together more than 30 of the world’s highly distinguished wineries – Ao Yun, Bodega Catena Zapata, Bond Estates, Château Clerc Milon, Domaine Serene, Gargiulo Vineyards, Opus One, Powell & Son, Staglin Family Vineyard…- with 18 award-winning chefs and a collective eight Michelin Stars, 15 James Beard Awards, and wines from over 13 wine producing regions, eight countries and five continents for a series of exclusive, curated dinners. It came to a close this weekend following its energetic live auction, generating a resounding $15.15 million for children’s services and boosting the total amount raised to more than $176 million since its inception in 2001.
$300,000 for a Bordeaux experience at Château Clerc Milon with the Rothschild Family
The winning bidders took home 6 Imperials of Château Clerc Milon, ranging from the 1970 vintage to 2000, and will be taking four guests on a 3-day, VIP Bordeaux experience featuring the “Prix de la Danse Clerc Milon” at Château Clerc Milon on June 16, 2018, followed by a reception attended by the Rothschild Family. The next day, they will enjoy a private tour, tasting and meal at Clerc Milon with the estate director followed by a visit to the Opéra National de Bordeaux‘s Grand Theatre, with a performance at either the Opéra National de Bordeaux or Bordeaux’s Auditorium. Guests will stay at the 4-star Relais & Châteaux Cordeillan-Bages in Pauillac and at the 5-star InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel.
This year’s highest bidding wine lot went for $520,000 and included a 10-day trip to South Africa with Shari and Garen Staglin as well as 12 bottles of Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ranging from 2009 – 2014. The winner will also get VIP access to Cape Wine Auction, private tours and tastings at seven wineries, a safari, and luxury accommodations at One&Only, Rupert & Rothschild Manor House, and Singita Lebombo Lodge.
“We’re extremely grateful for everyone who participated and attended in this year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival,” said Susie McCurry, 2018 Festival Co-Chair. “Thanks to the acclaimed chefs, stellar vintners and of course, our big-hearted guests, this year’s Festival was an overwhelming success, which will make a life-changing difference for the children we serve.”