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Our Van Wine Fest Top Picks

Get ready wine lovers because the countdown is officially on and the Vancouver International Wine Festival is almost a month away!! Happening from February 11-19, 2017, the festival features so many incredible events- from winery dinners and tasting minglers to lunches and educational seminars. There is also a massive tasting room featuring over 180 wineries from around the world.

This year, the festival will celebrate Canadian wine from coast to coast including British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Over 70 wineries from all three provinces will pour local wines and show the countries extremely diverse wine regions.

Of course, and we may be biased, but we are so excited to explore our favourite region of them all, our BC Wines. There is so much to celebrate this year at the festival, especially the diversity and growth of our regions. Not to mention, the impressive line up of BC winery dinners including Culmina Estate Winery, Mission Hill, Black Hills, Meyer Family Vineyards and Blasted Church.

Here are our top festival picks of BC wine related events during the festival:

Wines of Canada Party | February 15

  • Casual, fun, wine and food grazing event
  • Discover new wines exploring Canada’s diverse and evolving wine growing regions
  • 31 wineries complemented by great Canadian music
  • Tickets $59

BC’s Pioneers & New Kids | February 17

  • BC’s wine industry over the past 25 years and how industry pioneers and the new kids are putting their stamp on making wine in BC
  • Tickets $50

BC’s Original Icon | February 15

  • Explore BC’s most iconic wine, Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene
  • Vertical tasting with winemaker Graham Pierce and president Glenn Fawcett
  • Starting with the inaugural 1999 vintage to the current 2014 release
  • Hosting in Glowbal’s Gold Room
  • Tickets $125 

Oculus Retrospective | February 14

  • Discover the greatness of Mission Hill’s Oculus through an 8-vintage vertical
  • Tickets are $125

The Tasting Room | February 16, 17 & 18

A Culmination of Flavours | February 13

  • Join Oliver’s Culminia Family Estate Winery
  • Delicious courses from Ancora’s kitchen with a selection of award-winning wines: Decora, Unicus, Dilemma, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Hypothesis
  • Tickets $225

The Benchmarks | February 15

  • Oliver’s Black Hills Estate Winery pours their benchmark wines paired to perfection with one of Vancouver’s top restaurants, Glowbal
  • Tickets $175


Event Coverage

Wine Festival Tickets on Sale Nov 1!

A limited number of discounted advance tickets to the 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival go on sale November 1 at 9:30 a.m. The festival runs February 11 to 19, 2017, welcoming 181 wineries from 16 countries. All wineries and their principals gather in the Tasting Room to showcase their wines at the four International Festival Tastings (February 16 to 18), available in advance for $5-$9 off the regular price until December 15, or while quantities last.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the 2017 festival features Canada as the theme country with 76 wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, nearly one third of which are participating for the first time. This marks the largest gathering of Canadian wineries ever at an international festival. “VanWineFest 2017 offers an unprecedented showcase of Canadian wineries, principals and wines alongside their international counterparts in the Tasting Room,” says VIWF executive director Harry Hertscheg. “Attendees will discover untold connections amongst Canada and the wine world throughout the festival, amidst the backdrop of Vancouver’s vibrant wine and food scene. Let’s celebrate!”
Overall, nearly one quarter of the wineries are new to the 2017 festival, including wineries from Turkey and Nova Scotia for the first time. This year also features the return of Uruguay to the festival, which has a winery participating for the first time since 2007. Last year’s theme country Italy is back with a strong contingent of 20 wineries.
BUY NOW AND SAVE! Advance tickets on sale November 1
Discounted passes and tickets to select events go on sale at from November 1 until December 15, or while quantities last. Tickets make a great holiday gift for the wine lover on your list and you won’t have to battle any Black Friday crowds to get these bargains. The advance sale offers savings on International Festival Tasting tickets and associated events.
International Festival Tastings
Festivalgoers can save $5-$9 off the regular price of International Festival Tasting tickets (Thursday, February 16Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18). Advance tickets for evening tastings, 7 to 10 p.m., are $80 for Thursday and $90 for Friday and Saturday. The Saturday matinee tasting from 2:30 to 5 p.m., set against the stunning backdrop of Coal Harbour, is available for the low advance price of $70. Only a limited number of tickets are available at the advance rate for each of the four sessions. Once they sell out, tickets may be purchased at regular prices.
Gold Pass
For those wanting the full tasting experience, Gold Passes go on sale for only $480, a $15 savings. Gold Passes include access to six tastings (four public IFTs and two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld), the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and the exclusive Festival Toast VIP reception. Purchased individually, the Gold Pass events are valued at $706.

See the full list of participating wineries

The Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre is where all 181 participating wineries gather to pour 700+ select wines. Discover exciting new wines, or return to your favourites, sipping from premium wine glasses. The room will also feature regional tasting stations from Australia, British Columbia, New Zealand, Nova Scotia and Spain. You can also find wine-friendly food and beverage exhibitors, many of whom offer tasting samples.
Theme Country: Canada
The Wine World Celebrates Canada at VanWineFest 2017 with 76 wineries from across the country featured at the festival. Explore the selection, diversity and quality of Canada’s terroir-driven wines, highlighting the best of Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia in a special section of the room.
More Room, Smaller Crowds  

Both the Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon sessions are guaranteed to have a lower capacity than Friday and Saturday evening, offering more room and more time to interact with winery principals.

BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop
Included in the price of each ticket is the opportunity to shop at the on-site BC Liquor Store where wines from all participating wineries will be available for purchase. Purchased wines can be shipped at no cost to your nearest BC Liquor Store for pick-up after the festival. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will also help everybody Get Home Safe by providing a complimentary transit ticket to patrons as they leave the tastings.
HOW TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS (Nov. 1-Dec. 15, while quantities last)
Phone604-873-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121 (Monday to Friday9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
In person: 202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Monday to Friday9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)

*Note the new address: the festival moved offices to the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village.
Prices inclusive of taxes, service charges and gratuities.

All public events go on sale Tuesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m.
All Trade Days Conference events, presented by Sysco, go on sale Tuesday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m.