UPDATE - Aqua Vino has SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We are looking forward to a great night celebrating conservation of our California sea lions and enjoying wine and delicious food!

ATLANTA (August 16, 2016) – Wet your whiskers for a good cause at Georgia Aquarium’s 11th annual Aqua Vino on Friday, Sept. 16. As Georgia Aquarium’s premier wine and food fundraising event, Aqua Vino provides guests with an unforgettable evening and helps supports important research and preservation efforts.

Aqua Vino features more than 200 wines from around the world, generously provided by United Distributors, food tastings from over 30 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, live music by Ollie Patterson Music, a variety of silent auction items, and access to all of the Aquarium’s galleries featuring hundreds of aquatic species. Guests will also receive complimentary self-parking and a keepsake Aqua Vino wine glass. 


VIP Tasting tickets will include early admission at 6 p.m. with a red carpet arrival, VIP California sea lion presentation in the new SunTrust Pier 225 gallery, complimentary valet parking from 6-7 p.m., exclusive VIP lounge area with reserve wines and featured tastings, and a VIP gift bag.Aqua Vino features more than 200 wines from around the world, generously provided by United Distributors, food tastings from over 30 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, live music by Ollie Patterson Music, a variety of silent auction items, and access to all of the Aquarium’s galleries featuring hundreds of aquatic species. Guests will also receive complimentary self-parking and a keepsake Aqua Vino wine glass.

“Aqua Vino has become one of Georgia Aquarium’s largest and most anticipated fundraising events over the past 11 years. We are excited to provide guests with a fun and engaging experience in a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere, all while being able to enjoy amazing food, wine and aquatic animals,” said Kristie Ray, director of marketing and promotions at Georgia Aquarium.

This year’s event will celebrate the incredible California sea lion, featured in the Aquarium’s newest gallery, SunTrust Pier 225. California sea lions have been affected by an unusual mortality event (UME) off the California coast, causing sea lion pups to become stranded on beaches. In August of 2015 Georgia Aquarium welcomed two sea lions pups, Jupiter and Neptune, that were deemed non-releasable by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to their forever home at Georgia Aquarium, where they joined other rescued sea lions. They are now a part of the Under the Boardwalk presentation, and help to educate guests about the challenges that California sea lions face.

“We were excited to open the new SunTrust Pier 225 gallery earlier this year as a part of our tenth anniversary celebration year, and to be able to provide guests with the experience of learning more about California sea lions. They are able to serve as ambassadors for their species and we hope to inspire guests to help protect them in our ocean when they leave the Aquarium,” said Joe Handy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Georgia Aquarium.

Tickets are currently on sale. Grand Tasting tickets are $95 and VIP Tasting tickets are $250. Event attendees must be 21 years of age. To purchase tickets or learn more about Georgia Aquarium’s Aqua Vino visit www.georgiaaquairum.org/AquaVino.

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Photos from past Aqua Vino events can be found here.

 

PR Contact:

Megan Fisher

Public Relations Coordinator

mfisher@georgiaaquarium.org

404-581-4277

 

For information on event sponsorship or restaurant participation:

Nicole Ballweg

Marketing and Promotions Coordinator

nballweg@georgiaaquarium.org 

404-581-4155

ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that encompasses Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station in Marineland, Fla.  The mission of Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific organization featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offering engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.