Napa announces exclusive online auction

18 January, 2016

The Napa Valley Vintners has announced that 25 of the lots featured in this year's Premiere Napa Valley Barrel tasting and futures auction will be offered exclusively online.

Bidding for the new E-Premiere Napa Valley Online Auction opens Friday, February 19 at 8 am Pacific Standard Time (PST) to pre-registered licensees anywhere in the world, through to Saturday, February 20 at 6 pm, PST.

Produced by NVV-member winemakers in quantities as small as 60 and never more than 240 bottles, the Premiere Napa Valley portfolio is said to showcase some of Napa Valley’s rarest and highest quality commercially available wines.

Descriptions detailing the lineage of this year’s 225 lot offerings can be previewed at As part of the 20th annual Premiere Napa Valley, the NVV is introducing the sale of 25 PNV lots exclusively online. The other 200 lots will go on the auction block at the sold-out event taking place at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone on February 20.

Premiere Napa Valley is open only to licensed members of the wine trade who buy these singular Napa Valley wines for their top customers and discerning wine collectors.

Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards and 2016 Premiere Napa Valley Steering Committee chairman, said: “Premiere Napa Valley is our vintners’ chance to colour outside the lines by creating a wine we’ve always wanted to make, one time only, specifically for this event.

“We then get the chance to share that wine with our friends in the wine trade who in turn pass these one-of-a-kind treasures to their valued customers,” he said.

For more information about how members of the wine trade can register for the E-Premiere Napa Valley Online Auction, visit: or call the NVV at +1 707.963.3388.

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