The Naples Winter Wine Festival is a multi-day charity wine festival featuring celebrity chef-hosted dinners and an auction. The event has been held yearly in Naples, Florida since 2001. Since its inception, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised over $191 million for underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.
2001 - The festival's first year saw $2.7 million ($3.82 million in 2018 dollars) raised for charity. Jeff Garguilo, of Garguilo Vineyards, was the chairman.
2002 - $3.4 million ($4.74 million in 2018 dollars) raised for charity, with $2.5 million coming from the auction. Brian Cobb was the chairman.
2003 - $3.96 million ($5.39 million in 2018 dollars) was raised. Tom Wajnert was the chairman.
2004 - The Festival's auction set a world record for a charity wine auction; $6.67 million ($8.85 million in 2018 dollars). Shirlene Elkins was the chairwoman, and Robert Mondavi was the honored vintner.
2005 - The auction set another world record, with $11.1 million ($14.2 million in 2018 dollars).
2006 - The auction raised $12.19 million ($15.1 million in 2018 dollars). Grace Evanstad, of Domaine Serene, was the festival's chairwoman.
2007 - Theme "Nature's Transformations". A record year - $16.5 million ($19.9 million in 2018 dollars). Chaired by Linda Richards Malone. A single lot went for a record $2 million ($2.42 million in 2018 dollars); a 2008 Rolls Royce drophead coupe. Naples Winter Wine Festivals' first ever wine tasting took place this year and featured Ann Colgin of Colgin Cellars and Frederic Engerer of Chateau Latour. Ann Colgin was the honored vintner and Daniel Boulud was chef de cuisine.
2008 - The auction raised $14 million ($16.3 million in 2018 dollars).
2009 - Due to the economy, the auction only raised $5.06 million ($5.91 million in 2018 dollars), the lowest auction total since 2003.
2010 - The festival bounced back with $8.06 million in auction lots ($9.26 million in 2018 dollars). Festival Chairs were Kathleen & Francis Rooney.
2011 - The auction brought in $11.9 million, but the chairs added another $100,000 to make it an even $12 million ($13.8 million in 2018 dollars)
2012 - The auction raised $12.2 million; HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg was the featured vintner. He donated several vintages of his wine, Château Haut-Brion, which had 2 bidders involved in a bidding war. He donated a second lot to the losing bidder; the combined price for both was $1.1 million.
2013 - Theme "When Stars Align," Chairs Terry & Bob Edwards, the auction raised $8.6 million. Chef de Cuisine was Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern and Honored Vintner was Barbara Banke of Vérité; top auction lot $750,000 for a 2013 F12berlinetta Ferrari, top wine lot $180,000 for a 65 bottle complete vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild artist label series housed in a custom-made display table. (auction totals reached over $110 million to date)
2014 - Theme "Celebrate the Journey," Chairs Anne Welsh McNulty, Linda Richards Malone, Adria Starkey, the auction raised $12.5 million. Chef de Cuisine was Bill Telepan of Telepan and Honored Vintner was Olivier Krug, Krug Champagne; top auction lot $1.4 million for "Beautiful Minds" Fund a Need helping NCEF's Children's Mental Health Initiative; top wine lot was $400,000 "Stunning Staglin" four double magnums of wine from Staglin and Domaine Michel Lafarge and a six-day Parisian and Burgundian wine adventure. Following spirited bidding, a second identical lot was donated. Each captured a bid of $200,000. (auction total reached over $123 million raised to date)
2015 – Theme "Imagine the Possibilities" Chairs Sharon & Chuck Hallberg and Sandi & Tom Moran, the auction raised $12.32 million (including $231,000 from online auction). Chef de Cuisine was Barbara Lynch of Menton and Honored Vintner was Marchese Piero Antinori of Marchesi Antinori; top auction lot $1 million for "Now You See It" Fund a Need helping NCEF's Children's Vision Initiative; top wine lot was $500,000 "You've Been Krug'd!" complete with a collection of Krug's most notable bottles and a private, multi-day visit to the champagne house's French estate.
2016 – Theme "Great Expectations" Chairs Laura & Jim Dixon and Sandi & Tom Moran; the auction raised $11.2 million (including $171,500 from online auction). Chef de Cuisine was Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R'evolution and Honored Vintner Emily & Paul Michael of Peter Michael Winery; top auction lot was $750,000 for "The Ultimate First Dawn" the first global customer to receive a Rolls Royce Dawn and visit to Goodwood, UK to watch the car being built; top wine lot was $720,000 for "Rocking at BottleRock" a BottleRock experience for 2 couples with Gargiulo Vineyards.
2017 - Theme "Bright Sunshiny Day" Chairs Debbi & Bill Cary, Denise & Brian Cobb, Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo, Simone & Scott Lutgert, the auction raised over $15.2 million (including $1,646,889 for the NCEF Children's Healthcare Initiative Fund a Need and $183,396 from the online auction.) The Chef de Cuisine was Wolfgang Puck of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and the Honored Vintner was Pierre Lurton of Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau d'Yquem; top auction lot was "A Bright Sunshiny Future" at $1.6 million for the NCEF Children's Healthcare Initiative Fund a Need; top wine lot was $460,000 for "A Journey to Italy" a 6-day voyage to the Amalfi Coast with wines from Lokoya.
2018 - Theme "All We Need is Love" Chairs Becky & Lewie Card, Susie & David McCurry, Kathy & Dan Mezzalingua, the auction raised over $15.26 million (including $2.43 million for the NCEF Children's Hunger and Oral Health Initiative Fund a Need). The Chef de Cuisine was Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko and the Honored Vintner was Kary & David Duncan of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars; top auction lot was "Give, Laugh Love" at $2.43 million for the NCEF Children's Hunger and Oral Health Initiative; top wine lot was $520,00 for "From Veldt to Vineyard" for an insider's trip to South Africa with Shari & Garen Staglin.
2019 - Theme "Joy to the World" Chairs Jeannelle & Brian Brady and Linda & Tom Koehn; the auction raised close to $16 million. Chef de Cuisine was Richard Reddington of Redd Wood and Honored Vintners were Daphne & Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars; top auction lot close to $3 million for "Beautiful Minds," Fund a Need initiative towards Children's Mental Health.
2020 - Theme - "Celebrate; 20 Years of Cheers" Festival dates: January 24-26, 2020; Chairs Barbie & Paul Hills, Nancy & Joe Masterson and Shirley & Peter Welsh