James Bond premiere, Aston Martin car up for grabs at Naples 2020 wine auction
"The name is Bond. James Bond."
Sound familiar? It's close to home, too — the second round of the 2020 auction lots for the Naples Winter Wine Festival announced Wednesday includes a 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante and a trip to the London premiere of the 25th James Bond movie, "No Time to Die."
The 2020 festival runs Jan. 24-26 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. In celebration of the festival's 20th year, organizers have committed to auction lots going above and beyond anything seen before. The festival hopes to add to the stately $191 million its raised since its 2001 inception to benefit at-risk and underprivileged children in Collier County.
Aside from a taste of 007's lifestyle, other auction lots of the 12 more announced include a 14-day trip through India and a visit to Switzerland's exclusive White Turf races.
One winner will receive a selection of wines to enjoy on a two-night stay with two other couples at the Pym-Rae estate in Napa Valley, complete with a tennis court, an infinity pool and hiking and riding trails.
Another winner will receive a five-night trip for 10 guests to Cuvée’s Hualalai Big Island Villa in Hawaii, including a helicopter ride over the Kīlauea Volcano, a swim with dolphins and a guided hike of the Pololū Valley.
“The immense impact that the Festival has had on the community is truly the best way to show how successful the Naples Winter Wine Festival has been over the past 20 years,” said 2020 NWWF Co-Chair Paul Hills in a news release.
“This success would not be possible without the support of our wonderful donors, supporters, and patrons year after year to ensure we are able to provide our bidders with the rarest and most mind-blowing experiences.”
Ticket packages to the Naples Winter Wine Festival start at $12,500 per couple and range to a $30,000 package that includes access to reserved seating for four at a vintner dinner under the auction tent.
The 2020 festival headlining vintner will be Saskia de Rothschild, whose family wine company is called “one of Bordeaux’s great wine empires” by Bloomberg. Sarah Grueneberg, head chef and owner of Monteverde Restaurant and Pastificio in Chicago, will serve as chef de cuisine.
Andrew Atkins is a Naples Daily News features reporter. Reach him on Twitter at @andrewjatkins or via email at email@example.com
Food reporter Sarajane Sullivan contributed to this report.