Visiting an Asian winery and rubbing elbows with celebs in Cannes or royalty in England.
Auction lots at the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival usually are costly but offer one-of-a-kind experiences and items up for bid. The festival — from Jan. 26-28, with the auction Jan. 27 — recently released the remaining auction lots.
Festival participants will bid on 61 lots during a live auction at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in North Naples. The auction raises money to support the Naples Children & Education Foundation’s annual grants and strategic initiatives, which aids underprivileged and at-risk children.
Auction lot highlights:
Ao Yun Winery: China’s internationally esteemed winery is offering two magnums of 2013 Ao Yun and 24 bottles of Ao Yun (12 each: 2013 and 2014). Two couples will fly to Shangri-La, China, and spend two nights at the Banyan Tree Ringha Resort, Shangri-La, where they will visit Shuori Village, with a stop cliffside to see the Xidang and Sinong villages, Meili Mountain and the Mekong.The couples also will spend a night at the Ao Yun Lodge and enjoy an exclusive high-altitude tour of Shuori Vineyard (7,200-8,200 feet) with Ao Yun’s estate manager and winemaker, Maxence Dulou, followed by a private wine tasting in the cellar of Ao Yun and a private dinner. Roundtrip, business class airfare to Shangri-La is included.
Bahamas and Yacht Tour: Four-night island getaway on the private Royal Island in the Bahamas and a four-night private yacht cruise aboard the 86-foot Sunseeker M/Y Perseverance 2 for three couples. Enjoy the 430-acre private island paradise, which blends exquisite natural beauty with world-class activities, amenities and beachfront villas on the pristine Melanie Beach in North Eleuthera, Bahamas. All meals prepared by a gourmet chef, and a personal concierge will be available. Tropical sea escape continues aboard Perseverance 2, with a crew of three who will take guests to the ports of Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Havana, Cuba, and Key West before returning to Naples. One-way private airfare from Naples to North Eleuthera, Bahamas, (or reverse) is included.
Bordeaux, Chopard and the Cannes Film Festival: Three days of private tastings and tours at Château du Tertre and Château Giscours followed by three days at Château Haut-Bailly. The couples will then travel to Cannes for the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival for two nights luxury accommodations, an opportunity to walk the red carpet and celebrate opening night at an exclusive star-studded event.
Driving in Style: Up for auction are the first eighth-generation Rolls-Royce standard wheelbase Phantom delivered globally; the first in the U.S. 2019 Bentley Continental GT; or a wine festival custom-designed McLaren 720S. The Phantom will come with Belladonna Purple exterior and Arctic White interior, the Bentley will be decorated in a Sequin Blue exterior and Portland/Imperial Blue interior and the McLaren will be crafted with a Nerello Red exterior and special Saddle Brown interior.
South Africa safari: A 10-day “insider’s” trip to South Africa for two couples along with 12 bottles of Staglin Family Vineyard cabernet sauvignon ranging from 2009-14. During their visit, winners will be given VIP access to the Cape Wine Auction, receive private tours and tastings at seven wineries, go on a luxury Singita safari and stay in luxurious accommodations such as Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
“We are thankful to our partners for their continuous support in this year’s festival and providing exciting excursions, rare wines, luxury cars, and more,” said Lewie Card, 2018 wine fest co-chair, in a news release.
More information on all 61 auction lot items is available at napleswinefestival.com/auction-lots/.
The Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, through its annual grants has supported more than 40 nonprofits in the community.
Since its debut in 2001, the Naples wine festival has raised more than $161 million.
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