Naples Winter Wine Festival - Celebrating 20 Years



January 24th-26th

Naples is home to one of the world’s most esteemed charity wine auctions: The Naples Winter Wine Festival. January of 2020 is an exciting year for the charity, as it is celebrating its 20th year. Put on by the Naples Children and Education Foundation, the festival has raised more than $191 million since 2001, and has vastly impacted the lives of thousands of underprivileged children. Not only does the event focus on bettering the lives of children, but it also offers a weekend of world-class wine and food at upscale private homes. This is why the Naples Winter Wine Festival sells out quickly each year:

The Vintners

The Winter Wine Festival features over 30 highly-esteemed wineries from four continents. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival, France’s Saskia de Rothschild of Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite will be the Honored Vintner. Other vintners Include:

Marilisa Allegrini of Allegrini in Italy
The Francis Rooney Family of Bodega 202 in Spain
Laura Catena of Catena Zapata in Argentina
Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards California
Jay Boberg of Nicolas-Jay in Oregon
David Powell of Powell & Son in Australia

Honored Chefs

The prestigious Naples Winter Wine Festival will also honor Sarah Grueneberg of Chicago’s Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio as the Chef de Cuisine. The list of over 20 celebrity chefs includes:

Emeril Lagasse of Emeril’s Restaurant in New Orleans
Angelo Auriana of The Factory Kitchen in Los Angeles
Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas
Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis
Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago
Bill Telepan of Oceana in New York

Exclusive Live Auctions

The festival’s main event is a live auction. Ticket holders have the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime travel and wine experiences, luxury vehicles, and private dinners at world-class wineries.

Making a Profound Difference in the Lives of Children

As the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival is The Naples Children and Education Foundation, all proceeds of the live auction are utilized to benefit charities that aid the area’s at-risk and underprivileged children. The foundation’s goal is to improve the “educational, emotional, and health outcomes” for disadvantaged children.

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