The Annual Naples Winter Wine Festival Reveals Star-Studded 2019 Chef And Vintner Roster

Naples Winter Wine Festival
Richard Reddington

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The 19th Annual Naples Winter Wine Festival is just a few months away, and the high-profile festival has just released its stellar lineup of chefs and vintners for the legendary affair, which will return to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples from January 25-27, 2019. This year’s Chef De Cuisine and Honored Vintner will be Chef Richard Reddington of REDD and Redd Wood and Daphne and Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars. Also on the lineup is Tom Colicchio, Salvatore Ferragamo, Carlo Mondavi, Tim Mondavi and David Pearson, who will all come together as the weekend combines the best of wine and food with renowned chefs, rare bottles of wine and the pinnacle event—the live auction—where guests bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences, cars, wines and more. 

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The event has become noteworthy as it’s one of the highest-grossing philanthropic events in the country—last year alone bringing in $15.1 million in funds and a total of $176 million in its history to benefit underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. These funds provide grants and strategic initiatives for the children of the area. 

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The decadent and fulfilling weekend includes an exciting lineup of foodie-centric events including a gourmand chef & vintner dinner on Friday evening at a private home in Naples, followed by the Live Auction on Saturday afternoon and the food & wine tasting in the tents, closing with a goodbye brunch on Sunday morning.

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This year’s Vintner Dinner’s include:



Daphne & Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars in Napa, California

Cassidee Dabney of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Tim Mondavi of Continuum in St. Helena, California

Carlo Mondavi of RAEN Winery in Sonoma, California

Cinzia Merli of Le Macchiole in Bolgheri, Italy

Richard Reddington of REDD and Redd Wood in Yountville, California


Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery in St. Helena, California

Tom Colicchio of Crafted Hospitality in New York, New York

Rotem & Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine in Beaune, France

David Duncan of OVID in ST. Helena, California

Angelo Auriana of Officine Brera in Los Angeles, California

Cliff Lede of Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa, California

Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja in Denver, Colorado

Shari & Garen Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California

Thierry Rautureau of Luc/Loulay in Seattle, Washington

Jim Bailey of Knights Bridge Winery in Calistoga, California

Barbara Banke of Gran Moraine Vineyard in Yamhill, Oregon and Zena Crown Vineyard in Salem, Oregon

Nancy Oakes of Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco, California

The Miller Family of Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates in Santa Maria, California

PierFilippo Abbruzzese of Valdicava in Montalcino, Italy

Rogan Lechthaler of The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, Vermont

Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in Napa, California

Dustin Valette of Valette in Healdsburg, California

Giovanni Manetti of Fontodi in Greve in Chianti, Italy

Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards in Oakville, California

Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York, New York

Jean-Charles Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, France

Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans, Louisiana

Elisabetta Gnudi of Borgo Scopeto & Caparzo in Montalcino, Italy

Naoko and Maya Dalla Valle of Dalla Valle Vineyards in Oakville, California

Markus Glocker of Bâtard in New York, New York

Lucas Löwi of Bodega Numanthia in Valdefinjas, Spain

Matt Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Wines in Sebastopol, California

Bill Telepan of Oceana Restaurant in New York, New York

Nicholas Allen of Carte Blanche Wine in Napa, California

Roberta Ceretto of Ceretto in Alba, Italy

John Tesar of Knife at The Highland in Dallas, Texas

Grace & Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon and Château de la Crée in Burgundy, France

Vitaly Paley of Paley Hospitality Group in Portland, Oregon

Véronique Drouhin-Boss of Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, France and Domaine

Drouhin Oregon in Dundee, Oregon

Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina

Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne in Reims, France

David Pearson of Opus One Winery in Oakville, California

Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois

Dimitri Augenblick of Cos d’Estournel in Saint- Estèphe, France

Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro in San Giustino, Italy

Joseph Lenn of JC Holdway in Knoxville, Tennessee

Ticket packages to the Naples Winter Wine Festival start at $12,500 per couple. A $30,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four at a Vintner Dinner and under the auction tent is also available. To inquire about tickets to the Festival, please contact Barrett Farmer at or 239-514-2239.

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