How it all began

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas’ premier food, wine, and spirits experience, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for students of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ William F. Harrah College of Hospitality.

Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As its popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 44th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and become one of the city’s must-attend events.