May 31st Barrel Auction will be held at the historic and newly restored Louis M. Martini Winery

12/12/2018 – St. Helena, California-In 2019 the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone, 30 past board of director chairs who have provided leadership and support over the decades are coming together to serve as the honorary co-chairs of Auction Napa Valley.  This group of dedicated vintners has been working to plan refinements and changes that will position Auction Napa Valley for continued future success.

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Flags flying High over Main Street in St. Helena welcoming in Auction Napa Valley 2018. Photo by Tony Albright for Napa Valley Vintners

Like the NVV, the historic Louis M. Martini Winery has also been looking forward, investing significantly in restoring the original winery and building a world-class visitor experience. The NVV is excited to announce that the Friday Barrel Auction, the first major event of Auction Napa Valley, will be held at the newly restored Louis M. Martini Winery.  As one of the seven founding members of the NVV in 1944, Louis M. Martini served as the first Chairman of the Board and played a significant role in shaping the NVV’s history and establishing Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-renowned winegrowing region. The Martini family was also deeply involved with another NVV milestone as Louis P.Martini was the Chair of the first Auction Napa Valley in 1981.

So, in many ways being hosted at the new Louis M. Martini Winery feels like a homecoming.

As Auction Napa Valley enters its 39th year, more than $185 million has been invested in children’s education and community health. When the NVV was founded, a small group of original members just wanted the quality of the wines they were crafting to be recognized. Today, the excellence cultivated in the Napa Valley is changing and saving lives.

Auction Napa Valley 2019 takes place from May 30th -June 2nd. Tickets will go on sale starting March 1, 2019 at auctionnapavalley.org 

About Auction Napa Valley 
Since 1981, Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) annual community fundraiser, has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa County community. To date, the NVV has invested more than $185 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in local nonprofit organizations. Learn more at auctionnapavalley.org.

About the Napa Valley Vintners 
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com.

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