The Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction by Sotheby´s

Worldwide Bidding starts on Collective Napa Valley Barrel

and Live Auction Lots

The Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction by Sotheby´s
©2016 Robert McClenahan

Collective Napa Valley is pleased to present the Napa Valley Barrel Auction to be held on Friday, June 2 at Louis M. Martini in St. Helena, CA. This is your opportunity to purchase wine aging in the barrel from Napa Valley’s finest producers.

Saint Helena, CA – Bidding is now open on Napa Valley’s finest wine and experience lots available through the Collective Napa Valley Together Again auction. The auction takes place in person and online and is powered by Sotheby’s.

The Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction by Sotheby´s
©Photo by Alexander Rubin / Napa Valley Vintners

The June 2-3, 2023 live event weekend includes an auction of wines straight from the barrel, vintner-hosted wine events and a dinner and live auction. Bidding is not limited to in-person attendance. Wine enthusiasts can take part from anywhere in the world by registering to bid online through Sotheby’s.

The upper deck of the Robert Mondavi Winery barrel room during the auction.
©Photo by Bob McClenahan for the Napa Valley Vintners
Barrel Auction Featuring More Than 80 Wine Lots

Bidding is now open on more than 80 of Napa’s finest wines currently aging in the barrel. Those attending the event in person at Louis Martini Winery will have the opportunity to taste the barrel lots in addition to enjoying food and wine in the marketplace. Wine enthusiasts not in attendance can bid virtually. Lots begin closing on Friday, June 2 at 3 p.m.  

Included in the auction are 54 lots from the 2021 vintage and 28 lots from the 2022 vintage. Varieties on offer include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Red Blends and Chardonnay.

View the list of participating wineries.

The Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction by Sotheby´s
©Photo by Alexander Rubin / Napa Valley Vintners
Live Auction of 10 Wine and Experience Lots

Live Auction bidding is also now open through Sotheby’s and will close via a live broadcast auction on Saturday, June 3 beginning at 8 p.m. Offered at this year’s event are 10 incredible lots. Bidders can vie for once-in-a-lifetime wine offerings along with the opportunity to break bread with vintners in Napa Valley and on trips around the globe. Highlight videos of each lot can be viewed in advance. 

The live event takes place at Silver Oak with dinner prepared by Chef Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill in Napa Valley.

„We’re excited to host an intimate live auction this year. The evening will bring our Collective community together at a single, long table to celebrate coming together to do good. We have 10 fantastic lots put forward by our generous vintner community. The event will be down home, yet elegant. Exactly as it should be in Napa Valley,“

said David Duncan, Chairman & CEO of Silver Oak and Twomey and honorary co-chair

of the Live Auction for the Collective Napa Valley Together Again Weekend.

Entrance of the Barrel Auction, showing beneficiaries. Robert Mondavi Winery
©Briana Marie (Photo) for Napa Valley Vintners

Funds Support Youth Mental Health in Napa Valley

Monies raised will help fund youth mental health initiatives in Napa Valley. Recipients will include SHINE Napa Valley among other organizations that provide mental health support.

Last year, $1.5 million were raised to support SHINE, a collaborative that brings together schools, community and nonprofit service providers to address the issues of youth mental health. Already during this school year results confirm the program is helping students:

  • Two additional full-time therapists have been added to the SHINE team 
  • More than 1,000 students visited two newly opened Wellness Centers
  • Nearly 800 students have been served individual or group therapy.

„By providing a safe space on campus, we meet kids where they are. They need a place to go when they are feeling down, worried or just need a respite. One intervention can change the course of a student’s life, and that is why we’re so excited about this collaboration,“

said Jennifer Stewart, of the SHINE Collaborative and Napa Valley Education Foundation.

Those interested in attending can view the schedule. Membership is complimentary, and all levels of participation have the option to purchase tickets to the event.

Auction Napa Valley 2020
© Napa Valley Vintners

About Collective Napa Valley

Collective Napa Valley is a year-round philanthropy program that brings people together to enjoy Napa Valley wines while raising funds for the good of its community. Throughout the year, members will engage with vintners and explore the region through a variety of programs and events online and in person. For more information, visit

About Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its nearly 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, provide environmental leadership and care for the extraordinary place they call home. Since 1981, the NVV has invested more than $225 million in its community to provide equitable access to healthcare and opportunity for advancement in children’s education. NVV is dedicated to improving diversity and championing inclusivity in its community and in the wine industry.

Learn more at

Barrel Auction setup at Charles Krug Winery. 2018
©Photo by Tony Albright for Napa Valley Vintners
Wine Barrels

All wine is sold while still in barrel. After the auction, buyers entrust the wineries and winemakers to mature their wines until ready to be bottled and consumed. Release dates are available with each lot description.

Leaderboard Bidding

The Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction brings an exciting gamified experience for bidders. Each lot includes a single half-barrel of wine which is subdivided into ten identical single-case offerings of the barrel. The top ten bids on a lot will win a 12-bottle case of the barrel at varying increments.

Flags flying High over Main Street in St. Helena welcoming in Auction Napa Valley 2018.
©Photo by Tony Albright for Napa Valley Vintners
The Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction by Sotheby´s

2 June 2023 • 12:00 PM PDT • Napa, CA. US


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