For 20th Anniversary, Naples Winter Wine & Food Festival Reveals Lineup Of World-Famous Wine & Culinary Legends

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The Naples Winter Wine & Food Festival is one of the country’s most coveted and highest-grossing fundraisers of the year. Celebrating its milestone 20th Anniversary this coming year from January 24th-26th, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., the food & wine festival is pulling out all the stops by making it a year to remember as they reveal an A-list lineup of globally-renowned wine and culinary names. Standouts include honored Vintner Saskia de Rothschild and Chef de Cuisine of Monteverde Sarah Gruenberg, as well as Piero Antinori, Thomas Keller, Emeril LagasseAnn Colgin, Charlie Palmer and many more.

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Holding court at the iconic Naples hotel, the Festival will span three days with different food and wine-centric events, each giving back to the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). The opening festivities will begin on Friday with private chefs and vintners dinners taking place throughout the area in gorgeous private homes, leading into the grand day on Saturday for the highly-anticipated live auction. Each year, the Festival puts together lust-worthy auction items that bring in the big bidders, all benefitting the Foundation. Past auction items have included a Rolls-Royce Phantom, McLaren, around-the-world trips, private dinners at the world’s most famous wineries and so much more.

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Saskia de Rothschild

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As the Honored Vintner and Chef de Cuisine, both de Rothschild and Gruenberg will set the stage for the culinary-rich weekend, where guests will have the opportunity to taste some of the world’s greatest and most sought-after food and beverage offerings in one setting.

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“Year after year I have been impressed to see the impact that a charity wine event like the Naples Winter Wine Festival can have on the lives of hundreds of children,” said Saskia de Rothschild of Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite. “I’m humbled to have been selected as the Honored Vintner for this year’s Festival and look forward to having the chance to share some of our family’s wines with an audience of passionate collectors and wine lovers.”

2020 will mark de Rothschild’s first time attending the NWWF, while Grueneberg will return for the third time as the Festival’s celebrity chef.

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Sarah Grueneberg

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“After participating in the Naples Winter Wine Festival for many years with so many iconic chefs at the helm, I am extremely humbled to be selected as the 2020 Chef de Cuisine,” said Chef de Cuisine Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio. “This Festival is one of my favorites as it brings together some of the best chefs and vintners for an important cause, and it’s fantastic to see the positive impact that the Festival continues to have on the community.”

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.

For more information on the 2020 NWWF and related announcements, please visit

Full Chef and Vintner Lineup Below:

Participating Vintners:

        Daphne & Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars in California

        Marilisa Allegrini of Allegrini in Italy

        The Francis Rooney Family of Bodega 202 in Spain

        Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Collection in California

        Elisabetta Gnudi of Borgo Scopeto & Caparzo in Italy

        Barbara Banke and Chris Carpenter of Cardinale & Lokoya Winery in California

        Laura Catena of Catena Zapata in Argentina

        Blakesley & Cyril Chappellet of Chappellet Vineyards in California

        Nicolas Glumineau of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in France

        Alfred Tesseron of Château Pontet-Canet in France

        Cliff Lede of Cliff Lede Vineyards in California

        Ann Colgin of Colgin Cellars in California

        Raphaël Reybier of Cos d’Estournel of France

        Honored Vintner: Saskia de Rothschild of Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite in Bordeaux, France

        Eve & Erwan Faiveley of Domaine Faiveley in France

        Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet in France

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

        Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards in California

        Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne in France

        Laurent Ponsot of Laurent Ponsot SAS in France

        Gilles de Larouzière of Maisons & Domaines Henriot in France

        Piero Antinori of Marchesi Antinori in Italy

        Jay Boberg of Nicolas-Jay in Oregon

        Emily & Paul Michael of Peter Michael Winery in California

        David Powell of Powell & Son in Australia

        Will Harlan of PROMONTORY in California

        David Duncan of Silver Oak Cellars in California

        Shannon Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard in California

This year’s Celebrity Chefs:

        Angelo Auriana of The Factory Kitchen in Los Angeles

        Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina

        Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas

        Chef de Cuisine: Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago

        Lee Hefter of Spago Beverly Hills in Los Angeles with Ari Rosenson of CUT, Beverly Hills in Los Angeles

        Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis

        Thomas Keller of The Surf Club Restaurant in Miami

        Gerry Klaskala of Aria with Kevin Rathbun of Kevin Rathbun Steak in Atlanta

        Emeril Lagasse of Emeril’s Restaurant in New Orleans

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

        Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec in Los Angeles

        Donald Link of Herbsaint Restaurant in New Orleans

        Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago

        Carrie Nahabedian of Brindille in Chicago

        Nancy Oakes of Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco

        Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York

        Richard Reddington of REDD in Rochester, New York

        Bill Telepan of Oceana in New York

        Rick Tramonto of Tramonto Cuisine in Chicago

        Dustin Valette of Valette in Healdsburg, California