Hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners, the 30th Annual Auction Napa Valley raised more than $8.5 million, smashing the results of the previous year. Over the course of four days, bidders, industry professionals, and members of the press from across the country and around the globe gathered in Napa Valley to enjoy fine wine and raise money for charity.
The top 12 live lots were: Fund a Need, Colgin Cellars, Harlan Estate, Arietta and Hudson Vineyards, Beringer Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery, Casa Piena, Araujo Estate Wines, NVV in partnership with Lexus, and Screaming Eagle.
“I think the auction week might be a metaphor for the economy and the wine industry. It had been unseasonably rainy in the days leading up to the event, with dark clouds looming overhead. But the spirit of the attendees gathering to raise money for charity and celebrate with wine could not be dampened. When it was time to get to the bidding, the sun came out—bidders were happy to be here and were generous,” said Bruce Cakebread, president of the NVV’s board of directors.
The highlight of the event was the Fund a Need auction lot, which raised more than $1 million for children’s health and wellness programs in Napa County.
Planning has already begun for the 31st Annual Auction Napa Valley, which is scheduled to take place June 2nd – June 5th of 2011.
Photography © 2010 Jason Tinacci Photography