After a three-year break, the Auction of Washington Wines’ (AWW) Private Barrel Auction returns for an in-person event. This year, the 8th Private Barrel Auction will be hosted in March to align with Taste Washington and Washington Wine Month.
Specifically, the event will take place on March 15 at The Winemakers Reserve in Woodinville, and will benefit Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program. Collectors and trade, this one’s for you. Read on for more information.
AWW Private Barrel Auction
The AWW Private Barrel Auction is a unique trade tasting and live auction featuring limited production futures created by 30 renowned Washington state wineries. Moreover, exceptional, five-case lots boast exclusive ownership rights, and therefore offer buyers a rare opportunity to acquire distinctive wines not available elsewhere. While the auction focuses on distributors, retailers and restaurants, a limited number of collector tickets are also available.
Bob Betz, Master of Wine, and long-time supporter of AWW, created one-minute tasting videos for each unique wine. “The Private Barrel Auction is back, live and in person!” said Betz. “Each participating winery has created an exclusive offering from their very best barrels, unavailable anywhere else.”
Wineries at the Auction
2024 Private Barrel Auction lots include:
- Upchurch Vineyard and Betz Family Winery 2021 Heart of the Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain AVA — a collaborative wine from winemakers Chris Upchurch, James Stickney, and Louis Skinner
- Delille Cellars 2022 Red Willow Malbec, Yakima Valley, by winemakers Jason Gorski and Nick Bernstein
- Matteo Wines 2022 Charlotte’s Ridge Grenache, Wahluke Slope by winemaker Matthew Loso
- Treveri Cellars 2020 Auction Blanc de Noir, Bethel Ridge Vineyard, Naches Heights — a traditional method sparkling wine from winemakers Christian Grieb and Juergen Grieb
Find a full list of participating wineries and details about registration at the AWW Private Barrel Auction site.
Above all, Auction of Washington Wines Executive Director Jamie Peha emphasizes the philanthropic nature of this event. She notes that this auction has raised more than $1.2 million in eight years for Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology department.
In conclusion, the Auction of Washington Wines Private Barrel Auction attracts collectors, distributors, retailers and restaurants. Most importantly, this event supports Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology department.
In addition, you can bid on exclusive wines from some of Washington’s finest wineries.
Photo credit to Auction of Washington Wines.
Margot and Dave