It’s almost time for one of Napa’s favorite late-spring events, Auction Napa Valley. This year, the event will be held from Wednesday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 7th. There are plenty of opportunities for fun, food, and entertainment throughout the event, whether you choose to participate in any of the actual auctions or not.
What’s the Auction for?
Auction Napa Valley is, simply put, a charity wine auction. Run by the nonprofit trade group Napa Valley Vintners, the auction proceeds benefit community health and youth education programs throughout the entire valley. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the event, the proceeds from the 2014 auction totaled over $18 million dollars. So while the auction’s atmosphere is energetic and fun, the overall goal is serious business.
Enjoying the Auction’s 5-day Schedule
The auction starts on Wednesday with the Young Winemakers’ Dinner at the Restaurant at Meadowood. Thursday features a series of Vintner Welcome parties throughout the entire Valley. Friday, those interested in the Barrel Auction will head to HALL St. Helena winery to mix, mingle, and attempt to become one of the top 10 bidders for each of the future release cases. You’ll also get to preview Saturday’s auction lots. There are more vintner hosted dinners this evening as well.
Saturday is the big event, when everyone heads back to Meadowood Napa Valley for the Live Auction Celebration. You’ll enjoy an al fresco lunch before slipping into the big top to participate in the exciting live-auction event. On Sunday, you can relax at some of the local winery open houses.
Packages are Selling Out Fast
As of the date of this article, four of the five auction packages are already sold out. The only package with spaces left is The Complete Auction Napa Valley Experience, selling at $3,000 per person (we told you this is a serious fundraising event).
Don’t panic, though. If you can’t make it, you can still register online to take part in the e-auction, which will open on Sunday, May 31st and close in waves on Saturday, June 6th. The e-auction will feature more than 200 lots, including bottles, private events, and stays throughout the valley.
While we admit this isn’t an inexpensive event to attend, those who truly appreciate rare wines and supporting local charities will find it to be an enriching and rewarding Napa Valley experience. Give it serious consideration. You won’t regret it!