After the concert, VIP Pass holders will descend through Castello di Amorosa’s candlelit caves, secret passageways, and the famous torture chamber for an elaborate feast in the impressive barrel room. Dinner, featuring vintages from Castello di Amorosa alongside a meal that showcases the deft French-inspired touch of Napa Valley Chef Shannon Kelly, completes an opening night truly fit for a king’s court.
Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo open their vineyard – a two mile-wide swath of land in the heart of Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation with a peak elevation of 600 feet and an astonishing view – for an alfresco dinner featuring wines from Gargiulo and from Vintner’s Collective, a group of maverick winemakers.
A multitude of flowers, elegant white light and the magic of summer sets the stage for this year’s Annual Festival Gala at Meadowood Napa Valley, which conjures the notion of an enchanted garden. Meadowood’s beautiful, natural setting, gracious hospitality and exceptional culinary and wine experiences make it the perfect host for Festival del Sole’s annual charity event, which includes an alfresco dinner, the Concord Jazz All Stars, Arturo Sandoval, and a live auction.
Grgich Hills Estate and its founder, Vintners Hall of Fame legend Miljenko “Mike” Grgich are synonymous with two things: Napa Valley and excellence. The evening begins with a reception on the new patio of the winery's Ranch House, offering limitless views of rolling vineyards and sky. Dinner on the lawn features a hearty meal celebrating the Grgich family’s Croatian heritage. Featuring family-style dishes, delicacies from the old country and Grgich’s famous wines, this dinner is a celebration of the Grgich family’s legacy, passion and connection to the land.
Keller Estate produces some of the most elegant wines in the Sonoma Coast, reflecting the family's desire to make their estate a true work of art. With a reception complete with Mariachi band, this year’s dinner—focusing on Pinot Noir and Sonoma farm-to-table ingredients from local artisan producers—will reflect the Keller family’s proud Mexican heritage.
A festival founding winery, Robert Mondavi Winery has welcomed guests for a memorable event nearly every season. This dinner promises to be equally unforgettable and marks a very special occasion: the birthday of violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman, who performs that day at Castello di Amorosa.
For the third year running, Alpha Omega proprietors Robin and Michelle Baggett fire up their personal collection of BBQ’s and smokers to host an upscale, down-home evening at their boutique winery.
An extraordinary collection of modern art and sculpture paints an inspiring backdrop to tonight’s dinner hosted by longtime festival supporters Craig and Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall. This lavish dinner is in celebration of the Halls' newly reimagined St. Helena winery, an estate that combines the best of the past and future.
What becomes a Legend most? When it comes to the career of Academy Award-winning screen goddess Sophia Loren, many things come to mind. But it’s hard to resist her zest for living and pursuit of creativity, beauty and love. In many ways, these are also philosophies that Festival del Sole shares. Which is just one reason we are so proud to present this truly special celebration honoring Ms. Loren in her 80th birthday year.