This past weekend, the Naples Winter Wine Festival was held in Naples, Florida.
The weekend festivities highlight is the live auction.
The 4½-hour auction’s 67 lots raised $12.2 million, surpassing last year’s $12 million and the festival’s $100 million mark.
Since its launch in 2001, the event has raised $106.7 million.
The auction is the now the largest wine auction in the United States and a “who’s who” from the international wine and culinary industry.
For the time, GAJA participated and the winery was represented by Gaia and her sister Rossana.
The auction events for GAJA kicked off on Friday, January 27 with a vintners dinner hosted by Gaia in a private home for 36 people.
The auction’s honorary Chef de Cuisine, Tony Mantuano from Spiaggia, was the guest chef.
The wines that were served, all from Magnum, with the five-course meal included: 1999 Gaia & Rey Chardonnay, 2008 Barbaresco, 1999 Sperss, 2001 Sugarille and 1989 Darmagi.
Gaia & Rey grappa was paired with dessert as well.
On Saturday, the live auction was conducted and the GAJA lot, #46, called the “Casanova of Wine” was secured with a winning bid of $170,000!!!
The lot consisted of:
1 – 5L of 1997 Sperss
1 – 3L of 1998 Costa Russi
1 – 3L of 2006 Sori Tildin
1 – 3L of 2005 Sori San Lorenzo
1 – 3L of 2004 Barbaresco.
In addition to the signed large formats, the winner of the lot will also receive a private tour, rare cellar tasting, and private lunch at the winery hosted by Gaia.
From the Naples Winter Wine Festival website:
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. This ranking by the Luxury Institute is based on exclusivity, quality and prestige. Since 2004, the festival has earned the distinction of being the most successful charity wine auction in the nation according to Wine Spectator. The event brings many of the world’s finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida.
The trustees’ vision of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) made the dream of the Naples Winter Wine Festival a reality. The vision was based on creating an exquisite event, with proceeds benefiting local charities that assist underprivileged and at risk children. These two goals drive the trustees to ensure the festival is a huge success, with a significant impact on the quality of life for our community’s most venerable children.