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2019 Vintner Chair - Mr. Jack Bittner,

Managing Partner of Ovid. Napa Valley

This prestigious organically farmed, 15-acre vineyard is perched on a secluded mountaintop at 1,400 ft. elevation in the western reaches of the Pritchard Hill geography of Napa Valley. Here, they farm rocky red, volcanic soils to capture a true sense of place and craft longlived wines composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. They ferment only with native yeasts and bottle our wines without fining or filtering. Ovid. Napa Valley's Winemaker since 2006, Austin Peterson, combines his site-specific experience with a sense of experimentation, embracing a tension between classical and cutting-edge winemaking methods.

The name was inspired by the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso [Ovid], whose METAMORPHOSES, a poetic retelling of the Greek myths, celebrates themes of transformation and change.

2019 Vintner Information

Excitement is building for the Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction, which will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, during the most exciting time of the year in Kentucky – Derby week! Your generous participation in the past has helped the Foundation raise over 15 million dollars in eight short years for cancer research, education and patient care. The 2019 event will again be held in the heart of the Bluegrass, Lexington, Kentucky. Our 2018 event was a tremendous success with over 450 guests in attendance, and well over 100 patrons on the waiting list to attend.

Guests from all over the world come to Kentucky to participate in this special evening. The night begins with an exclusive vintner pouring and Silent Auction. Dinner and a Live Auction follow.

The Foundation would like to thank Mark and Sherri Carter for serving as our 2018 Vintner Chairs,. We are grateful to all of you that have participated with our Auction in the past and hope you will consider joining us again in 2019! If you have not joined us in the past for this unique event, please consider adding us to your calendar this year. There are many wonderful reasons to participate in our growing Auction:

  • Over 15 million raised for cancer in eight short years, with 450 guests in attendance each year
  • 90 percent of the Auction proceeds go to cancer research, education and patient care
  • Auction patrons are high net worth individuals with an interest in wine, who reside all over the United States and internationally
  • Opportunity to increase clientele and sales
  • 55 Degrees is donating the storage of wine for the Auction, making it easy to get your wine to Kentucky
  • Participants will have exclusive opportunities to access behind the scenes horse farm tours, and more!

The Foundation has an exciting week planned with a variety of opportunities for participation:

  • Private Vintner Dinners in exclusive Lexington, Kentucky homes and venues - Wednesday, May 1 - Limited
  • Master Bourbon Distiller Luncheon at the 21C Museum Hotel – Thursday, May 2 - Invitation only
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala, Donamire Farm – Thursday, May 2
  • Private Vintner and Auction Sponsor Dinner at The Apiary, Lexington, Kentucky – Friday, May 3
  • The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky – Saturday, May 4
  • Private VIP Dinner following the Derby - Location to be announced

The Foundation greatly appreciates your interest and hope that you will join in our mission to raise funds in the fight against cancer. Kentucky is truly a unique place to visit, especially during the week of the Kentucky Derby. We hope that you will join us for some Southern hospitality and participate in our 2019 event!

Past Vintner Participants

The 14th Annual Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Donamire Farm. We are thrilled to announce Mr. Jack Bittner, Managing Partner of Ovid. Napa Valley as our 2019 Vintner Chair.

Past Vintner Chairs:

  • 2018 - Carter Cellars - Sherri and Mark Carter
  • 2017 - Sinegal Estate - Shelley and David Sinegal
  • 2016 - Memento Mori - Adriel Lares, Hayes Drumwright and Adam Craun
  • 2015 - The Mascot, Will Harlan, Jr.
  • 2014 - Quintessa – Agustin Huneeus, Sr.
  • 2013- Duckhorn Vineyards- Dan Duckhorn
  • 2012- Charles Krug Winery- Janice and Marc Mondavi
  • 2011- Blackbird Vineyards- Michael Polenske
  • 2010- Revana Family Vineyards- Dr. Madajah Revana
  • 2009- Oakville Ranch Vineyards- Paula Kornell
  • 2007, 2006, 2005 – Jackson Family Wines – Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson

Wineries:

  • Acacia Winery
  • Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyards
  • Alexander Valley Vineyards
  • Alpha Omega
  • Araujo Estate
  • Arezzo
  • Ashe Family Vineyards
  • Arrow & Branch
  • Arkenstone Estate Winery
  • Barbour Vineyards
  • Barnett Vineyards
  • Barrage Cellars
  • Bien Nacido Estate
  • Blackbird Vineyards
  • Black Stallion Estate Winery
  • Bond Estate
  • B. R. Cohn Vineyards
  • Bucher Estate
  • Caldwell Vineyards
  • Capture Wines
  • Carter Cellars
  • Caymus
  • Charles Krug Winery
  • Chateau Boswell/Jacquelynnv
  • Chateau du Tertre
  • Chateau Giscours
  • Chateau St. Michelle
  • Church Estate Vineyards
  • Clos du Val
  • Colgin Cellars
  • Continuum Estate
  • Cruse Wine Company
  • Dana Estate
  • Darioush Vineyards
  • Domaine Serene
  • Dominus Estate
  • Duckhorn Wine Company
  • Elizabeth Spencer Wines
  • Envy Wines
  • Far Niente
  • Ferrari- Carano Winery
  • Fisher Vineyard
  • Flowers Vineyards & Winery
  • Frias Family Vineyard
  • Frog’s Leap Winery
  • Gamble Family Vineyards
  • Gary Farrell
  • Grigch Hills Estate
  • Hall Wines
  • Harkness Edwards Vineyards
  • Harlan Estates
  • Hess Collection
  • Hirsch Vineyards
  • Honig Vineyards and Winery
  • Hourglass
  • Husic Vineyards
  • Jackson Family Wines
  • Jean Farris Winery
  • Jonata
  • Jones Family Vineyards
  • Judd’s Hill
  • Justin Vineyards and Winery
  • Kamen Vineyards
  • Kendall- Jackson Highland Estates
  • Kenefick Ranch Vineyards
  • Keever Vineyards
  • Ladera Vineyards
  • Lail Family Vineyards
  • Magnanimous Wine Group
  • Merry Edwards
  • Memento Mori
  • Mer Soliel
  • Morlet Family Vineyards
  • Mountain Door
  • Oakville Ranch Vineyards
  • Oak Ridge Vineyards
  • Ovid. Napa Valley
  • Palmaz Vineyards
  • Paraduxx
  • Paradigm Vineyards
  • Post Parade
  • Peju Winery
  • Pride Mountain
  • Quintessa
  • Realm Cellars
  • Red Mare Wines
  • Revana Family Vineyards
  • Robert Biale Vineyards
  • Robert Foley Vineyards
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Rombauer Vineyards
  • ROY Estate
  • Saintsbury
  • Schramsberg Vineyards
  • Skipstone Ranch Vineyards
  • Silver Oak Cellars
  • Solomon Hills Estate
  • Somnium Wine
  • Spottswoode Estate Vineyards
  • Stone Fly Vineyards
  • Stonestreet Wines
  • St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery
  • Switchback Ridge Vineyards
  • Twomey Cellars
  • The Mascot
  • Tenuta Sette Ponti
  • Terranuova Bracciolin
  • Tor Kenward Family Vineyards
  • Tuscany Tenuta Di Trinoro
  • Tusk Estates
  • Tyrus Evans
  • Vineyard 29
  • Vineyard 7 & 8
  • Wagner Family Wine
  • Zachy's Wine Auctions
  • Zahtila Vineyards
  • Ziata Wines