Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala

2022 Gala Week Events

Limited Private Vintner Dinners: Wednesday, May 4

This series of dinners will be held at exclusive Lexington venues. Guests attending the dinners are top donors, sponsors and wine aficionados in the community. Our goal is to provide you with a better opportunity to showcase your brands and develop relationships. Dinners are available on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. The requirement is a commitment to participate in the Auction. For more details or to schedule your dinner, email

Wine Auction & Derby Gala: Thursday, May 5

The main event! The Auction is by invitation only and more than 550 guests attend, paying from $1000 for a couple to $4000 for a table of eight. Special full week packages are available by request.

Auction and Vintner Chair Dinner (Exclusive, By Invitation Only), May 6

Participating vintners and sponsors attend horse farm tours throughout the Central Kentucky region and see first-hand the outdoor treasures that make Lexington the “Horse Capital of the World.” This day of touring will come to a close at The Apiary with the President’s and Vintner Chair Dinner. The Vintner Chair will be featured but vintners may host a table. You will enjoy surprise entertainment, the finest southern hospitality and cuisine in this beautiful urban oasis.

The Kentucky Derby: Saturday, May 7

Vintners and sponsors travel to Churchill Downs, the premier Thoroughbred racetrack known as the “Home of the Kentucky Derby.” Guests sip Mint Juleps, admire Derby fashions and enjoy the thrills of horse racing, including the 146th Kentucky Derby. Guests are seated in impossible to obtain seats, just yards away from the track. It’s a day you won’t want to miss!