Auction Napa Valley 2019 Celebrates 39 Years of Helping Non-Profits

Confetti falling during Auction Napa Valley celebration
Photo by Alexander Rubin, courtesy Auction Napa Valley and Napa Valley Vintners

Pop star Katy Perry opened Auction Napa Valley this year in grand style, singing several of her hit songs, professing a love for Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon and kicking off a festive day of bidding for charity.

One of the world’s most successful charity wine auctions, Auction Napa Valley has been held at Meadowood in St. Helena since 1981. The annual live auction, in addition to the many events leading up to it, were hosted by a committee of past chairs of the Napa Valley Vintners. This included luminaries from Michael Mondavi and Mike Martini to Bob Trinchero and Emma Swain.

This year’s overall fundraising total is projected to be $12 million, which includes proceeds from the live auction, barrel auction and an online auction. Last year, $13.4 million was raised.

The event marked Napa Valley Vintners’ 75th anniversary, from its early beginnings in 1944 when seven vintners partnered together. Since then, the organization has raised nearly $200 million to date for dozens of Napa County nonprofits.

Things started strong for the 2019 auction, with an opening lot by the Mondavi family’s Continuum Estate that included trips to Rome, Tuscany and Florence and raised $530,000. As this year also marks 100 years of the family’s heritage in the wine industry, owner Tim Mondavi wished to mark the occasion through this donation.

Other notable lots included Opus One’s trip to Paris and a visit to luxury jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, complete with a custom piece to be designed for the winner during their visit. It sold for $475,000. Rudd Estate’s Right Bank Napa Valley, Right Bank Bordeaux experience earned the auction $340,000.

Dalla Valle offered trips to Utah, Wyoming, Turks and Caicos and the Napa Valley, in addition to two double magnums of its cult Maya and MDV wines. The lot garnered $450,000.

Preceding Saturday’s live auction was a walk-around barrel auction held on Friday in the recently renovated Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena, a refreshed landmark of the Napa Valley. Louis M. Martini himself was one of the seven founding members of the Napa Valley Vintners.

Here are this year’s top-earning lots:

Top Live Auctions

1. Napa Valley Vintners: Fund the Future
2. Napa Valley Vintners: Club 44 75th Anniversary Party
3. Labry Estate, Staglin Family Vineyard, John & Sandi Thompson
4. Continuum Estate
5. Opus One
6. Cliff Lede Vineyards *
6. Gargiulo Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey *
8. Dalla Valle
9. Vineyard 7 & 8
10. JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset and Lexus
* tied for 6th place

Top Barrel Auctions

1. VGS Chateau Potelle
2. HUNNICUTT
3. The Mascot
4. Melka Estates
5. Chappellet Vineyard
6. Shafer Vineyards
7. TOR
8. Paul Hobbs
9. Heitz Cellar
10. Roy Estate

Top Online Auctions

1. HALL Wines
2. Appellation St. Helena
3. Clif Family Winery
4. Sherwin Family Vineyards
5. Covert Estate, Purlieu Wines, Sire Estate
6. Viader Vineyards & Winery
7. Joseph Phelps Vineyards
8. The Prisoner Wine Company
9. Napa Valley Vintners & Wine Enthusiast
10. Baldacci Family Vineyards
Published on June 4, 2019
Topics: Latest News
About the Author
Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. Email: vboone@wineenthusiast.net



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