Having raised more than $107 million, The Naples Winter Wine Festival has helped The Naples Children & Education Foundation expand their programs and reach hundreds of at-risk children in Collier County for over ten years. This year the Naples Winter Wine Festival will gather again to help benefit underprivileged children with a three-day event that will bring some of the world’s most respected vinters to Naples, Florida. 26 world-renowned vinters from three continents and five countries will gather to participate, including two of France’s most esteemed winemaking families—producers of Château de Beaucastel and Domaine Ponsot.
Other participants include Torbreck’s David Powell, a well-known Australian vinter, and Piero Antinori of Marchesi Antinori, Italy. Vintner co-chair and honorary NCEF trustee, Bob Dickinson said, ““The G20 brings together top leaders in the world. And that’s what Naples Winter Wine Festival offers in the wine and culinary world – top vintners worldwide and the crème de la crème of chefs. When they come to the festival, they know their global peer group will be here.” For the first time in festival history, this “Olympics of Wine,” will be held during 16 wine dinners, held in private homes.
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The dinners will have “themes,” such as the dinner hosted by John Kolasa of the Chateau Canon, France. The “Fly Me to the Moon” dinner, hosted by Kolasa, will be prepared by chef Christopher Lee, while the “Midnight in Paris” dinner will pair wines from Chateau de Beaucastel, France. The meal will prepared by chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm in Walland Tennesse. However, these are just a few experiences on the itinerary for the festival. The event will also include a culinary showcase at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples with a 65 lot auction offering, and a Meet The Kids Day, during which guests can get to know the children benefiting from the festival's proceeds. Ticket packages are $8,500 per couple and $20,000 for a two-couple ticket.