Ballroom set for l'Eté du Vin dinner and auction, tables and chairs in front of a stage.

44th Annual l’Eté Du Vin Breaks Previous Fundraising Record Again


NASHVILLE, TN (August 3, 2023) — The Nashville Wine Auction raised more than $2.4 million at the 44th Annual l’Eté du Vin, which was held July 29 at the JW Marriott. This year’s event featured Château Léoville Barton and Barton Family Wines with honored guest Damien Barton Sartorius. Along with Mouton-Rothschild, the Barton family is proud to be the longest-standing family of winemakers in Bordeaux.

The 44th Annual l’Eté du Vin Live Auction was the final wine experience in a 3-day series of events, which included The Vintners’ Tasting on Thursday evening and The Patrons’ Dinner on Friday evening.

Proceeds from l’Eté du Vin, the country’s longest running charity wine auction, help fund the fight against cancer by supporting thirteen local non-profit organizations whose purpose is directly related to cancer research, innovative patient treatment, and caregiver/patient support.

Twelve Barton Family Wines were featured throughout the 3-day event from Château Léoville Barton, Château Langoa Barton, and Château Mauvesin Barton. Other vintners featured at the reception on Saturday evening were Alpha Omega, Arietta, Cakebread Cellars, Evening Land Vineyards, Italian Wine Merchants and Memento Mori.

Some of the top lots sold in the l’Eté du Vin Live Auction include:

· License to Swill: The Ultimate Bond Dinner. This James Bond themed dinner for 16 people features an incredible line up of wines from BOND. Donated by BOND wines, Rahel Klapheke Sloan & Jim Sloan, Jeff Hopmayer and Chef Kevin Ramquist. This lot sold for $144,000.

· A 7-day trip for 2 couples to beautiful Croatia curated exclusively for Nashville Wine Auction and donated by Travel Sommelier. This trip doubled, selling for a total of $157,500.

· The Inner Circle Dinner to be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame with moderator Andy Chabot of Blackberry Farm. Featuring the finest wines from France and California, this once-of-a-lifetime wine experience was donated by Pam & Steve Taylor and Andy Chabot. This lot sold for $124,000.

· An exclusive trip to Bordeaux that features the perfect combination of Right Bank/Left Bank immersion for wine lovers.  This 5-night stay for 4 couples was donated by Château Léoville Barton and Château Figeac. The lot sold for $80,000.

· 1986 First Growth Bordeaux lot of nine bottles donated by Janice & David Morgan, Deby & Keith Pitts, Beth & John Huff and Jane & Peter Marcum. This lot sold for $20,000.

· An exclusive commemorative wine case filled with five special vintages of Château Langoa Barton celebrating 200 Years of History which was donated by Château Langoa Barton. This lot sold for $13,000.

President and CEO of the Nashville Wine Auction, Loren Chumley says, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters and are so grateful to everyone who joined us this weekend.  All of our guest vintners were fantastic! Truly this is the most fun you will ever have funding the fight against cancer. “

“After these three days, I’ve gained a few more fans of my wine! It’s exciting to share these wines with so many people that have turned into friends. I love this event. I love the ambiance and that the wine community comes together to support and promote this wonderful charity,” adds Damien Barton Sartorius, owner and general manager of Barton Family Wines. 

This year’s event chairs were Rob Turner and Jay Jones – long-time supporters of Nashville Wine Auction.

The Nashville Wine Auction is proud to have the following sponsors for this event: Mercedes Benz of Music City, JW Marriott, Clinical Solutions Pharmacy, The Wilson Group, Chubb Insurance, Tennessee Oncology, Frugal MacDoogal, Gilead Oncology, The Hearn Foundation, NetJets, Starling Davis Group, Four Seasons Hotel Nashville, Ms. Denise Cummins, BeiGene, Seagen, Gold Skincare, Edwards Pharris Wealth Management Group of Morgan Stanley, Lipman Brothers, Loden Vision, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Cozen O’Conner, Scripps Howard Foundation and King Jewelers.


ABOUT THE NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. In 2023, Nashville Wine Auction will celebrate Pairings: Nashville’s Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend on February 23-25, 2023, the 44th Annual l’Eté du Vin on July 27-29, 2023, at JW Marriott, and Music City Harvest Party on September 29. Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $34 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to cutting-edge research, innovative treatment, and family/patient/caregiver support.

NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION BENEFICIARIES American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, The Heimerdinger Foundation, HopeKids, Inc., Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Nashville General Hospital Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, PearlPoint Nutrition Services, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.