The Naples Winter Wine Festival is a gala event and major fundraiser, for the NCEF, and is held annually in Naples Florida at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
This is THE wine festival of all wine festivals!
This charitable event tops the charts of the 'top 10 arts & entertainment events' for wealthy Americans!
Naples Florida is host to this fine event, held annually near the end of January. The next festival is scheduled for January 26 - 29, 2012.
Since it’s founding in 2000, this Florida wine festival, has raised $ 94.5 million, for local children’s charities.
The event was originally created to raise funds to benefit local Naples charities that specifically help underprivileged and at-risk children.
The Naples Winter Wine Festival draws together several of the world’s best vintners, chefs, wine collectors and philanthropists for a world-class gala event, done up in typical ‘Naples style’: glamorous, exquisite and extraordinary!
Volunteers play a big role in the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Over 400 volunteers give their time and energy to this wonderful fundraiser and are to be commended for their efforts! The community of Naples gives their strong support to this event, with the hope of changing the lives of under privileged Collier County children.
The main event and focus of this most distinctive of the Florida festivals in Naples FL, is the auction. The festival raises money by auctioning off ‘auction lots’. An auction lot is an item or collection of items. The items consist of rare, vintage, large bottles of luscious wines and unique travel experiences. Often the travel experiences include the use of donor’s private yachts, homes and planes!
The 2012 wine festival has 67 auction lots lined up and this year's theme is 'Believe in Magic'. Here is a ‘sampling’ of the absolutely, dazzling, world-class prize lots for this year's auction!
Auction Lot #12
You'll Flit, You'll Float, You'll Fleety Flee, You'll Fly!
Winners of this lot, will spend an amazing 22 days on a 50 person special luxury private jet, on a round the world excursion. This tour 'extraordinaire' will touch down in some fantastic spots on the trip, with sightseeing opportunities, entertainment and dining 'delights' along the way!
Auction Lot #60
A Box of Opera, A Bottle of Wine!
8 nights in Paris & Bordeaux, France for 2 couples
4 nights in Paris
4 nights on the train from Paris en route to Bordeaux
Entertainment and dining - Moulin Rouge
Opera Bastille, Opera Garnier, Versailles Gardens, the sights of Paris, private vineyard tours, and exquisite dining are but a few of the many treats awaiting the highest bidder in for this lot!
Auction Lot #48
A Feather in Your Kap!
A collection of superb wines from the Kapcsany Family Winery, wine tasting, tours and dinner for 6 with the winery owners.
Celebrity Chefs for the 2012 Event
Several chefs from the top restaurants in the U.S., will prepare the food for all festival events, including the private dinners on Friday evening!
The Chef de Cuisine for 2012, is Tony Mantuano, from Spiaggia, in Chicago, Illinois.The Wine Festival of All Wine Festivals!
This event was voted the most successful charity wine auction for 2 consecutive years, by Wine Spectator!
$2 million was the top bid at the 2007 Naples Wine Festival. The prize?
A Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe! The top bid ever for a single lot at a charity wine auction! Ooo-LA-LA!!!!
What is NCEF, Naples Children & Education Foundation?
The Naples Children & Education Foundation, NCEF, is focused on‘making a profound and sustaining difference in the quality of children’s lives’.They are sincerely committed to hosting such charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational aspects of the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.
At the time of publication, the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised $94.5 million dollars for children in need: a highly significant contribution to a most worthy and local cause.