Organisers of the Naples Winter Wine Festival have unveiled the lineup for January's charity wine auction event taking place in Naples, Florida, which includes a host of world-renowned winemakers.
The event will see 41 top wine names participating in the festival with famed Italian winemaker Marchese Piero Antinori selected as the event’s Honored Vintner.
Speaking of his selection, as someone who has ‘significantly contributed to the Naples Winter Wine Festival’, Antinori said he is ‘excited and thrilled’.
‘It’s the first time that an Italian producer has received such an honor at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, and I consider it a great tribute to all wines and vintners of my country,’ he said.
The 2015 event will feature winemakers, from three dozen wineries in 15 global wine-producing regions around the world, pouring wines during intimate dinners hosted by festival trustees in private homes throughout Naples.
The distinguished guestlist includes Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margaux, Tim and Carissa Mondavi of Continuum in St. Helena, Claude and Laurent Ponsot of Domaine Ponsot in Morey-Saint-Denis and Cinzia Merli of Le Macchiole in Bolgheri.
Krug is the Champagne sponsor, with the Port Vintner, who will pour during the dessert course at each of the private dinners named as Dominic Symington of Symington Family Estates in Douro, Portugal.
Sandi Moran, Vintner Chair and Co-Chair of the 2015 festival said: ‘Each participating vintner is a giant in the industry, and we are thrilled that they are volunteering their time and talent to this amazing event.
‘These renowned vintners, paired with the finest chefs and our country’s most generous philanthropists, will help raise millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children.’
Since its inception in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised more than $123 million for children in need.
Written by Decanter