Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vint-
ners’ annual community fundraiser, is the
country's first and most celebrated charity
wine auction. The event, held the first week-
end of each June, attracts wine lovers from
across the US and around the globe—not
only for the its fine wines, but for the food
prepared by culinary superstars, the event’s
spectacular setting and the hospitality of the
hundreds of vintners who host this event—
and donate the one-of-a-kind auction lots of-
fered over the course of the weekend.
Founded in 1981 under the vision of Robert
and Margrit Mondavi to raise funds for local
hospitals, Auction Napa Valley has grown into
a four-day-long celebration of Napa Valley’s
finest, and has given more than $110 million
to health, youth and affordable housing non-
profit programs.
Schedule of Events:
The event’s festivities kick off on Thursday
evening with a perennial favorite of Auction
guests: the Vintner Welcome Parties. Guests
choose from dozens private dinner parties,
which afford them an insider’s peek into vint-
ners’ homes and wineries.
The Napa Valley Barrel Auction attracts
nearly 2,000 attendees. Festivities include a
walk-around marketplace featuring hundreds
of yet-to-be released Napa Valley wines and
dozens of dishes from local chefs, but the
highlight is the Barrel Auction: 100 vintners
pulling wine samples of aging wine directly
from the barrel for guests to taste and bid on.
Each winery offers ten cases, sold to the top
ten bidders, who can look forward to a future
delivery of of that wine from the winery’s cel-
lar directly to theirs.
Friday evening features another round of
Vintner Hosted Dinners—this evening’s events
are smaller and more intimate, and are an-
other opportunity for bidders to enjoy great
food, library-selection wines and a memora-
ble evening as the special guest of a Napa
Valley vintner.
Saturday is the highlight of the weekend: the
Live Auction Celebration, held every year
since its inception at Meadowood Napa Val-
ley. Eight hundred bidders, vintners, chefs and
media gather on the lawn for the live—and
lively--auction of 40 over-the-top offerings
of wine collections and one-of-a-kind experi-
ences. The day’s festivities also include lunch
and dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs, and
an after-party.
The Auction Farewell brings vintners and bid-
ders together one last time to enjoy a little
more wine, food and camaraderie before
Auction Napa Valley draws a close…until next
Attending Auction Napa Valley:
Three ticket packages are available. The Com-
plete Auctioin Experience is $2,500 per per-
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