The first Saturday of every December in the Hamptons is historically reserved for Wölffer Vineyards’s Lighting of The Vines cocktail party and ceremony. This year marks the 14th anniversary of the event which will take place on December 2nd at their 55-acre Sagaponack location. Each year, Wölffer picks a different organization to support, donating all the proceeds from the event to their cause. From this year’s event, you can expect a silent auction featuring different artists, designers, and business owners from our community. All proceeds from the event this year will go to The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, whose mission is to help underserved children and families on the East End.
Each year, the event becomes even more festive than the last. With passed hors d’oeuvres, live music, and Wölffer’s signature gigantic ornaments on display across the ceiling of the tasting room, it’s sure to bring about holiday cheer in everyone. All the better, knowing that Wölffer’s wide selection of wines pairs wonderfully with a night out at any time of year. The culmination of the event is brought by the countdown to the lighting of 15,000 bulbs across the dazzling acres of vines on site – it’s sure to take your breath away.
Wölffer began hosting this philanthropic jubilation in 2009, and each year it becomes even more elevated. When asked to speak on the event’s evolution, Joey Wolffer said, “Our 14th annual Lighting of the Vines event has evolved significantly over the years, becoming a source of immense pride for me. It’s a special occasion not only to commemorate this past year but also to express gratitude to our community, with all proceeds benefiting the children at the Bridgehampton Child & Recreation Center.”
Its growth in popularity has allowed Wölffer to increase the pricing of tickets, providing incredible donations to the cause of choice each year. This year, general admission is $175, with VIP ticket options available to those who want. While I can’t guarantee if Santa will be there, perhaps if you stay on his nice list, he just might join us.
If you can’t make the decorated event, don’t worry – the vines will stay lit until the end of January, and they truly provide the perfect backdrop for a glass of wine with friends. Stay tuned for our pictures from the Lighting of The Vines ceremony, and if you’re set to attend, I’ll meet you at 138 Sagg Road!