WOODINVILLE — Auction of Washington Wines hit a new milestone raising more than $4.5 million at its 32nd annual weekend of charitable wine events Aug. 15-17.
The proceeds will benefit Seattle Children’s and Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program.
More than 200 winemakers, vintners and growers attended the events over the course of three days to celebrate, pour wines and offer wine-focused auction lots to help AWW achieve its highest intake ever.
“The Washington wine industry and its community are the perfect pair for this annual event, which had a new, palpable energy this year that attracted a vibrant audience, including veteran attendees and newcomers alike,” said AWW Executive Director Jamie Peha.
The highest bid of the evening was $225,000 for a 1928 vintage Ford Roadster Hot Rod, receiving a $200,000 match from the Ellison Foundation, for a total of $425,000. It was the largest amount ever received for an auction lot in AWW’s history. John Goodman, a local real estate developer, purchased the lot.
Some of the highlights of Washington’s premier charitable weekend of wine events included:
The Private Barrel Auction held at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery, which provided a unique opportunity for retailers, restaurateurs and industry trade partners to bid on 47 lots of exclusive Washington-produced wines. The event raised a record $300,000 for WSU’s Viticulture & Enology Research program.
The Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery brought together more than 1,400 attendees to sample wines from more than 60 of Washington state’s top winemakers. Guests bid on one-of-a-kind wines during the wine barrel and silent auctions and tested their luck in a raffle for prizes, such as a 7-day cruise from Holland America Line.
Since its inception in 1988, AWW has raised more than $50 million, benefitting Seattle Children’s and Washington State University Wine Science Research. Wine Spectator has AWW listed as the Top 3 U.S. Charity Auction in the nation. Events hosted by AWW give wine lovers the chance to support the Washington wine industry and families in our communities around the region.