Au was one of 100 wineries from around the world to participate at the 18th Annual Vintage Nevada Wine Festival & Auction, produced by the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) Alumni Association. The event featured over 600 wines, and was sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits, Eldorado Hotel Casino, Scolari's Supermarkets and Trader Joe's.
The wine festival was held at the downtown Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. It included a private wine tasting for wine industry participants and was then opened to the public later in the evening.
The event was highlighted by a live and silent auction that raised over $30,000 to benefit UNR’s scholarship programs. Eldorado Hotel Casino, Scolari's Markets and Trader Joe's provided culinary specialties for the estimated 2,500 wine lovers who attended the event.
Items featured at the auction included an Au race hat and bottle of Au wine signed by NASCAR drivers Marcos Ambrose and Boris Said, which fetched $100.