View online auction items for Naples Winter Wine Festival
Browse the online auction lots for the Naples Winter Wine Festival until January 31.
Gala and fundraising season is in full swing in Southwest Florida, which means it’s time for the Naples Winter Wine Festival.
The festivities begin next week, and while not everyone can attend the auction or the Winemakers’ Dinners, you can view and bid on the auction lots online. Amazing wine collections, amazing dinners at restaurants near and far, trips, cruises, and tours are all ready for bidders (and spectators).
Just in case you have some holiday cash left over or you know one of the Powerball winners, here are some must-see items from the Naples Winter Wine Festival online auction.
For thrill seekers: Top Gun Fighter Jet Experience
Learn to fly an L-39 jet during this three-hour experience, including pre-flight training, a 45-minute flight lesson, and post-flight training. You’ll have the option to control the plane (briefly) during the lesson, then hold onto your stomach as your driver performs a few loops, rolls, dives, steep climbs, and more. Package 1502, current auction $ 7,500
For cold lovers: Ice Driving with Aston Martin
Head to the Elevation Hotel & Spa at the base of Mount Crested Butte for two nights and save a day for the third annual On Ice Experience with the Aston Martin Driving Team. You and a guest will hone your skills on a custom ice track, learn to brake, take turns, slalom and skid on ice, then complete the Autocross challenge and hot laps. Specific date: February 18-20, or February 2017 (to be determined). Package 1508, current auction $ 10,000.
For the Champagne drinker: A. Jaron Joaillerie “Diamants et Champagne”
Combine your love of champagne and diamonds with this handcrafted 18k gold diamond ring, custom designed champagne by Amanda Jaron. The size 7 ring looks like a champagne cork cage and goes to the highest bidder, who can celebrate with a private champagne tasting for 8 people hosted by Amanda in her Naples studio. Package 1405, current bid $ 2,500.
For the castle sleeper: ChÃ¢teau de la Barre in the Loire Valley
As guests of the Earl and Countess de Vansaay, enjoy your three-night stay at Chateau de La Barre, their family home in France since 1404. Relax in the midst of a private 100-acre park and savor a daily English breakfast before visiting the Loire Valley. Package 1702, current auction $ 2,500.
For the elegant (neck) sweeper: William Boyajian for Port Royal Jewelers
These one of a kind Gold Vine earrings were created for the Naples Winter Wine Festival by designer William Boyajian. The large 3Â½ inch pendants are in solid 18k yellow gold with diamond accents. Package 1403, current auction $ 7,500.
For the Golf Ball Lead: Guys Golf Getaway at Casa de Campo
Head to the jewel in the Caribbean’s crown for a four-night, five-day stay in a private villa for four or more. Climb aboard your personal golf cart and set off for three rounds of golf: one round on Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. Book from March to August. Package 1701, current auction $ 10,000.
For the sunset dreamer: Sunset Dinner Cruise aboard the Susanna Bella
Climb aboard the 106-foot Susanna Bella with seven of your luckiest friends for an evening of elegance. Savor a dinner prepared by a private chef, then linger in the living room or stroll across the deck while taking in views of the Gulf of Mexico. The sunset is always a memorable one, and this complete luxury and private vessel makes it a once in a lifetime event. Package 1301, current auction $ 5,000.
For the keeper of history: a triple crown of historical proportion
This historic set of six wines, two from each of the great chÃ¢teaux and estates of Bordeaux Premier Crus (Lafite, Latour and Margaux), will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of your collection. The highest bidder will receive 2,750 ml ChÃ¢teaux Margaux (1- 1953 and 1-1969), 2,750 ml ChÃ¢teaux Lafite (1-1976 and 1-1977) and 2,750 ml ChÃ¢teaux Latour (1-1969 and 1-1990). Package 1005, current offer $ 3000.
The auctions are open until January 31. To view all auction lots online, donate to Fund A Need (an NCEF learning initiative), or for more information on the Naples Winter Wine Festival, visit napleswinefestival.com.
Note: This article has been modified to replace the Final Four Basketball package with the Guys Golf Getaway; the Final Four package is temporarily unavailable for auction.