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2023 Featured Winery

Guest Vintner David Hejl
Proprietor | Winemaker| Domaine Della Winery

Domaine Della’s mission is to craft intense, adventurous, and distinctive Pinot Noir and old-world Grand Cru Burgundian-style Chardonnay,  partnering with the very best growers, a true expression in harmony and balance from the place where they were grown. The label’s wines are extremely limited production and sourced from the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Lucia Highlands.

 The luxury label of David Hejl, former CEO and General Manager of Kosta Browne prior to its sale in 2015, Domaine Della is a culmination of three decades of experience.

David’s passion for fine wine began while putting himself through school working as a waiter, sommelier, and chef, but he found true inspiration while living in Paris working for Nabisco in his early twenties. It was there he first experienced the art of wine, food and culture in a way that was truly spiritual, all in the beautiful City of Light. Having traveled around the world fifty times on international assignments and visiting every major wine region in the world, each of these adventures was never complete without discovering and enjoying the local food, wines, and culture.

Named in honor of David’s mother Della, the label’s newest 2020 release marks the winery’s 10th anniversary. All of Domaine Della’s wines, from its inaugural 2012 vintage in 2014 to the 2020 offering, have received scores of 90-96+ from wine media. All past vintages are sold out.

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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.