Napa Valley Vintners’ Auction Raises $15.7 Million for Charities

High bidders winning the lot at Auction Napa Valley. Briana Marie Photography for Napa Valley Vintners |

St. Helena, CA –The Napa Valley Vintners revised the fundraising total for this year’s Auction Napa Valley to $15.7 million on Sunday after adding in contributions that were made overnight.

Proceeds from the 37th annual celebration benefit community health and children’s education. Last year, the auction helped fund services for more than 100,000 clients at 27 different Napa County nonprofits, organizers said.

Gia, Eleanor, Roman and Sofia Coppola greeting guests at Friday Barrel Auction. Photo ©2017 by Jason Tinacci / Napa Valley Vintners

“It was an honor for our family to chair this year’s Auction Napa Valley,” said Roman Coppola of Inglenook who, along with his parents Eleanor and Francis, sister Sofia and niece Gia, served as the honorary chairs of the four-day fete.

The top single lot of the day was donated by Dalla Valle Vineyards and included a 6-liter bottle of the winery’s red wine blend “Maya,” named for proprietor Naoko Dalla Valle’s daughter, and a week-long excursion with the Dalla Valles to some of their favorite spots in Naoko’s native Japan.

The day’s top fundraising lot from Colgin Cellars, including a horizontal collection of large format bottles of their 2007 wines combined with trips to Napa Valley and Champagne was tripled, raising some $2.1 million. The Antica Napa Valley—Antinori Family Wine Estate/Staglin Family Vineyard joint lot featuring 10 large-format bottles of wine from the two vintners along with a luxurious, guided trip to Tuscany, was also tripled, bringing in $1.5 million.

Bidders, Winemakers Revel in Weekend Events

After the auction, the more than 900 guests were feted with an al-fresco dinner of family favorites prepared by Francis Coppola himself, with help from chefs John Sorensen along with Alejandro Ayala and the Meadowood events culinary team. A private performance by soul singer-songwriter Leon Bridges of Fort Worth, Texas followed.

Barrel Auction bidders cram in the cellars. Briana Marie Photography for Napa Valley Vintners

On Friday, 2,000 guests gathered at the Coppola’s historic Inglenook estate for the Napa Valley Barrel Auction. Inside the winery’s caves, bidders tasted with winemakers and vied for the 108 lots, each selling as 10 single cases of current release Napa Valley wines.

Other weekend events included vintner-hosted dinners and parties on Thursday and Friday nights and Saturday morning and a farewell Sunday brunch for the weekend’s top bidders.

Top-Selling Auction Lots

  • Colgin Cellars − $2,100,000*
  • Collaborative Vintner Lot: Antica Napa Valley – Antinori Family Wine Estate and Staglin Family Vineyard − $1,500,000*
  • Dalla Valle Vineyards − $720,000
  • Viader Vineyards & Winery − $520,000*
  • Chairs’ Lot (Inglenook) − $460,000
  • Screaming Eagle − $440,000
  • Raymond Vineyards − $400,000
  • Chappellet Vineyard − $340,000
  • Collaborative Vintner Lot: Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, Bella Union −$320,000
  • Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery − $310,000
  • Collaborative Vintner Lot: Accendo Cellars, Cardinale, Chappellet Vineyard, Dalle Valle Vineyards, Diamond Creek Vineyards, Far Niente, Lail Vineyards, Lokoya, Nickel & Nickel, Trefethen Family Vineyards − $300,000
  • Collaborative Vintner Lot: Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Jones Family Vineyards, Melka Wines, Quintessa, Yao Family Wines − $300,000
  • Vineyard 7&8 − $300,000
  • Blackbird Vineyards − $300,000
  • Grgich Hills Estate − $300,000*
  • PROMONTORY − $300,000

Top-Selling Barrel Auction Lots

  • The Mascot − $73,550
  • Cardinale − $65,050
  • Melka Wines − $62,600
  • Shafer Vineyards − $52,600
  • Chappellet Vineyard − $41,750
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards − $38,700
  • Continuum Estate − $36,700
  • Alpha Omega − $35,050
  • Paul Hobbs − $33,750
  • Covert Estate − $32,900

*Fundraising total reflects lot being replicated for multiple bidders.



Published on June 5, 2017
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