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Raise your paddles for Naples Winter Wine Festival’s vintner-selected wine lots, championship golf packages and bucket-list travel experiences.

BY January 1, 2022

Coastal Living

This trip for 10 takes you to one of the world’s buzziest travel spots: the sparkling coast of Croatia. The adventure starts on a well-appointed Global 6000 private jet in New York. Step off in Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, where you’ll board the 201-foot luxury superyacht Katharine. Cruise for two nights on the stately yacht (complete with a 16-person crew), stopping to take in the baroque and Romanesque buildings along the coast of Trogir and the yacht-filled harbors of Hvar, before you hop on a tender to cruise to lot donors Penny and Lee Anderson’s Villa Korta Katarina & Winery in historic Orebić. Take in the Old World decor and indulge in the luxe amenities at the Relais & Châteaux villa for four nights. There, days are spent with treatments at the onsite spa, having lunch and wine tastings overlooking the lush vineyards and lounging on the beaches of the mountainous coast. The two-day yacht ride back to your jet in Split stops in Trogir, where you can visit preserved medieval structures and the ancient city of Polače on Mljet Island, known as Croatia’s greenest isle.

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Million-Dollar Meal—All for the Kids

Be one of 40 couples who collectively bid $1 million for a dinner to benefit Collier County kids. Held at Naples’ Bleu Provence, the extravagant multicourse supper (highlighting NCEF’s seven strategic initiatives) allows you to relive the camaraderie of the festival as you hobnob with fellow epicureans with world-class pours from world-renowned wineries. 

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Royal Treatment

Six racehorse fans giddy-up for the six-night Royal Ascot Experience. In preparation for the big event, you’ll stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, and enjoy tony dinners around town, fittings for bespoke tails or hats, shopping with a personal stylist at Harrod’s, and access to the prestigious Goffs London Sale of thoroughbreds at Kensington Palace. Then it’s off to the races, with four nights at the secluded Heckfield Place in Hampshire and the full royal treatment: private tours of Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey was shot) and the Ascot Racecourse; private-box seats for the races (with plenty of Stonestreet wines flowing); hobnobbing with trainers, owners and star Italian jockey Lanfranco Dettori; and black car or helicopter rides in and out of the course.

This lot also includes:

One (1) – 9 Liter 2018 Lokoya Diamond Mountain District

One (1) – 9 Liter 2018 Lokoya Howell Mountain 

One (1) – 9 Liter 2018 Lokoya Mount Veeder   

One (1) – 9 Liter 2018 Lokoya Spring Mountain District

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Hot Wheels

There’s a good reason the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon has a year-and-a-half waitlist and is going for $100,000 over sticker price: Its sleek design emphasizes the go-anywhere SUV’s rugged capabilities, with a spacious cabin and elegant Nappa leather seats. This Diamond White Metallic Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 is equipped with solid stainless steel door panels; a handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine; and 20-inch, cross-spoke wheels that make a statement whether you’re cruising along the beach or rolling up to a gala.

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Taste of Europe

One winning couple explores ancient cities by private jet on a 15-day tour that takes you through Germany, Morocco, Greece, Georgia and Hungary—all with luxe outfitters Lakani World Tours. This all-inclusive jaunt to ancient cities offers white-glove service all the way, with accommodations in five-star hotels. You’ll rest your head at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, located in the most elegant part of the German city; Palais Faraj, on the edge of the medina in Fes; Grecotel Mandola Rosa, near the famous archaeological site of Olympia; the Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel in Georgia, the country’s first glass skyscraper; and the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, a restored palace. While jetting around on Lakani’s 15-passenger jet, you’ll day trip to historically and culturally rich capitals, like Spain’s Palma de Mallorca, and spend time getting to know each destination. Expect to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, visit Greek sites featured in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, and sightsee on a horse-drawn carriage through the Castle District in Budapest.

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Champagne Dreams

Two couples jet off to Reims, the birthplace of Krug, and sleep at the 20-room Domaine Les Crayères for two nights. Take a personal tour of Maison Krug and the Clos du Mesnil vineyard, with lunch paired with special bottles. Next, you explore Reims—with its many UNESCO sites—ending with a Krug-paired dinner at three-Michelin-starred L’Assiette Champenoise. The following three nights are spent at the new Cheval Blanc Paris. Toast to the City of Light with a caviar-and-Krug lunch, a Riva private cruise along the Seine River and a private tour of the Palais Garnier opera house. Dinner is served at the Moët Hennessy Champs-Élysées private apartment, with rare cognacs and more Krug. The winning bidders will also enjoy a special “Krug & Music” experience  for 10 back in the U.S., at a separate time.

This lot also includes:

Six (6) – 3 Liter Krug Grande Cuvée 161ème Édition

Two (2) – 750 ml three-bottle set of Krug “Soloist to Orchestra in 2003” (one each: Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 Blanc de Blancs, Krug 2003 and Krug Grande Cuvée 159ème Édition)

Two (2) – 750 ml three-bottle set of Krug “Soloist to Orchestra in 2004”  (one each: Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004 Blanc de Blancs, Krug 2004, and Krug Grande Cuvée 160ème Édition)

Two (2) – 750 ml three-bottle set of Krug “Soloist to Orchestra in 2006”  (one each: Krug Clos du Mesnil 2006 Blanc de Blancs, Krug 2006 and Krug Grande Cuvée 162ème Édition)

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Knights’ Tale

This three-part experience reconnects two couples with nature in an indulgent (and wine-soaked) fashion. You’ll fly private from Naples to Turks and Caicos (and throughout this entire trip), starting with three nights at the Zen-inducing Amanyara, set on the shores of an 18,000-acre reserve. Knights Bridge Winery provides sustainable wines to sip throughout—perfect pairings for the resort’s fresh-caught seafood and aquaponic-grown produce. Part two returns you to the States for one evening at the sister property Amangiri—a chic ode to the red-sanded desert landscape in Canyon Point, Utah. Here, the Knights Bridge wines drink beautifully with the Navajo-inspired cuisine. You’ll end with a three-night visit to the Knights Bridge Winery in Sonoma, where you’ll dine with owners Kelley and Jim Bailey, indulge in tastings with the winemaker and feast at the three-Michelin-starred SingleThread.

This lot also includes:

Two (2) – 3 Liter 2018 Knights Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Christobel, etched and signed

Two (2) – 3 Liter 2018 Knights Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Linville, etched and signed

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Tee Off

Pack your bags for a 13-night trip to New Zealand, where you’ll play at the Tom Doak-designed Tara Iti Golf Club   course (ranked No. 2 in the world in Golf Digest’s illustrious

list) on New Zealand’s North Island. Your group of four is helicoptered in from Auckland to spend two nights at the club, followed by two nights at Te Arai Links, the newer course from the Tara Iti team. You’ll then journey to another peak Tom Doak course and settle into the Hilltop Suites at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, a rustic-chic retreat at the tip of Hawke’s Bay. Spend days fly-fishing and golfing among the rolling hills before heading to the South Island for two nights at lakeside Eichardt’s Private Hotel, in the heart of outdoorsy Queenstown. Between private tastings at Amisfield vineyard, explore the jaw-dropping Milford Sound fjord by helicopter and boat around paradisiacal Glenorchy (home to several Lord of the Rings film sites). End the postcard-perfect stay in Auckland, where you’ll bid haere rā to the country with a ferry ride to Waiheke Island—the Hamptons of New Zealand—for a winery tour and lunch. Round-trip, business-class airfare is provided. 

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