High Wine Auction - March 18-21: Open The Bottle, Start Something

A Little About Us

Thank you to everyone who supported us as we took the auction online during COVID-19 Social Distancing!  We are looking forward to seeing you all at the 2021 events. 


The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. Grossing over $2.6 million in 2019, the Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta, one of the largest charity wine auctions in the U.S., and the number one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. The Wine Auction has generated more than $33 million over the last 28 years!

Proceeds from the Auction are a vital part of the Museum’s exhibition and education plan, helping to make possible special exhibitions such as the 2019 hit exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and the upcoming Vigil Abloh: Figures of Speech.  

Paddle Raise

The Paddle Raise is more important than ever.  With the Museum closed due to COVID-19, the funds raised in the 2020 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Paddle Raise are truly vital to the future of education programs at the High. We know there are many worthy causes you can donate to during these difficult times, so we thank you for considering the High Museum!

Please click here to donate to the 2020 Paddle Raise.

$1,708,300+: The amount the Paddle Raise has contributed to Art Access programs at the High since 2006

$14: All it takes to give a student…

  • Free admission to the High Museum
  • Free transportation
  • Free teacher resources and materials for the classroom
  • Welcome Back coupon for each student, inviting them to bring their parents to the High

134,163: The number of students we’ve helped with the Paddle Raise since 2006

A museum experience can inspire a lifelong love of the arts. Studies show that more than 60% of recent visitors to cultural institutions attended these organizations as children. Help us ignite that spark!  CLICK HERE to donate to the 2020 Paddle Raise! 

2020 Co-Chairs

Aarati Alexander

Aarati and her husband, Peter, have been involved with the High Museum Wine Auction for over ten years. Their love affair with wine began while they were dating and solidified with a wedding in Napa Valley, over thirty years ago. In their mission to support the auction, they are past Benefactor Chairs and hosted a Thursday evening Winemaker dinner.

While not dabbling in wine, Aarati and Peter support a variety of local charities including the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and several Educational boards. As empty nesters, Aarati and Peter love to travel, looping in wine tastings whenever possible.

Aarati feels their biggest accomplishment is passing along the love for art, food and wine to their daughters, Sarah and Christina




Burch Hanson

Burch and her husband Mark have been enthusiastic supporters of the High Museum of Art and the Wine Auction for a number of years as Benefactors.

Born and raised in horse country renowned for bourbon, bluegrass, and thoroughbreds, Burch’s roots run deep in Lexington, Kentucky. Having enjoyed a successful career as a legal recruiter for a top law firm in Atlanta, she now spends her time volunteering on behalf of worthwhile causes close to her heart.

The Hansons love to travel with friends and family, and have enjoyed many adventures involving art, food and wine at amazing destinations around the US and the world, and making new friends along the way.  Burch and Mark have two teenage sons, who have recently taken them to new travel destinations through their travel lacrosse teams.

In addition to Burch’s love of the High Museum and the Wine Auction, she has also been actively involved in the Atlanta community and has served on the board or in other leadership roles for numerous organizations, including Fernbank Museum, The Lovett School and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Burch is very much looking forward to the 2020 High Museum of Art Wine Action and especially to opening a bottle and… celebrating the craft and artistry of the winemaker in March.