The idea of a wine auction fundraiser was born in 2000 when Susan Hyde attended a volunteer conference in Detroit and learned of the High Museum Atlanta’s very successful wine auction. Three years later the time was right. Susan and her husband, Lee Hyde, offered to lead the effort and enlisted the help of Jan and Pete Peter, and Carolyn Browning.
Bob Gilbertson of Bob’s Liquor & Wine was next enlisted for his expertise and guidance. The team then met with the late Tom Jackson, a co-founder of the L’Ete du Vin wine auction in Nashville. The concept was elevated to a higher level and L’Amour du Vin (the love of wine) was born.
Local wine distributors and the California Wine Industry were approached and the idea was warmly received.
One of the greatest results of the first California trip was a meeting with a winery whose manager was the former wine buyer at Blackberry Farm who presented the idea of hosting a sponsors’ dinner there. Et Voila! The first sponsors’ dinner was hosted by the late Sam Beall in 2005.
Sam and the Blackberry Farm team elevated the auction dinner in 2006 with their expertise, chefs, and staff. Through their efforts, a nice catered event was transformed into an amazing food and wine experience with exquisite service. Blackberry Farm and the Beall Family’s continued partnership have brought some of the finest featured wineries in California and best chefs in America, and today L’Amour du Vin is undoubtedly the finest food and wine event in the State of Tennessee.
In 2007, Lexus of Knoxville became the Presenting Sponsor and continues to be so today. This extraordinary partnership and investment in L’Amour du Vin has elevated it to the first class event it is today. Lexus of Knoxville and the White Family have been key to the success of L’Amour du Vin.
We are very fortunate to have many local wine collectors and friends of the museum that contribute from their private collections.
In addition to wines, our patrons and stakeholders have generously donated incredible wine pairing dinners in their homes and restaurants, stays in vacation homes, as well as wine-related items donated by local merchants.
One of the most rewarding results of LDV’s 20-year history is the growth of loyal patrons’ appetite for wine collecting and support of our beloved Knoxville Museum of Art.
Carla has overseen L’Amour du Vin, the largest annual fundraiser for the Knoxville Museum of Art, since January 2012. She has over a decade of experience in fundraising, event production, and design; and serves on the United Way of Greater Knoxville Investment Committee for Health & Basic Needs, Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley Resource Development Board, and is a volunteer for the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Carla has a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
L’Amour du Vin is the largest annual fundraiser for the Knoxville Museum of Art. Located in Knoxville, Tenn., the KMA celebrates East Tennessee’s rich, diverse visual culture and its connections to the wider currents of world art. Admission is always free. To learn more, visit knoxart.org.
The State of Tennessee prohibits the Knoxville Museum of Art from shipping or delivering wine. All purchases must be picked up from the Knoxville Museum of Art within 7 days of March 4, 2023 or the lot will be forfeited. Pick up times will be provided to all winning bidders upon receipt or can be scheduled in advance by contacting the Dir. of Fundraising Events.