What is the Naples Winter Wine Festival
It’s one of the top charity wine auctions in the country and the most successful charity event in all of Southwest Florida. Tickets alone are $15,000 a couple to start. This year alone, the festival raised nearly $26 million. It is a new record. The money raised goes to support underprivileged children in Collier County through education and medical initiatives, and more.
The festival is known to be over the top when it comes to auction items. Cars are always included. They are lined up on the lawn for would be bidders to get an up close and personal look. This year it was a beautiful white Bentley. The interior had splashes of purple.
The day begins on the lawn of the resort. The amount and the types of wines poured are insane. There are rare vintages, large formats (really big bottles), and selections you’ll never find in local retailers. Checking out the giant tasting table is like going on a treasure hunt.
Wine is the focus but that’s not all
In addition, chef’s fly in from around the country to prepare unique bites during the tasting. They also create elaborate meals at private dinners in the homes of the trustees. A drum line leads guests from the tasting tent into an even larger, air conditioned tent for the auction. The tables are covered in swag, snacks and more bottles of wine.
I love attending this festival. I always run into old friends, make new ones and get to share in the excitement of raising crazy money for the kids. Here is a short video from under the tasting tent, posted on my Instagram feed. More to come
In addition, I posted photos of some of the cool shoes people wore. This is also a very fashionable event. Click here and feast your eyes on the footwear fashions. Enjoy this inside look at the Naples Winter Wine Festival