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6 Reasons You Can’t Miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Seeking new and exciting experiences for your palate?  Look no further than these 6 compelling reasons you can’t miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Buckle up, folks because this illustrious event starts February 24th to March 3rd. 

Each year, a new country hosts the event. And guess who’s hosting this year???


Here the world of wine comes alive in a dazzling array of flavours, aromas, and experiences. In this blog post, we’ll explore six compelling reasons why you can’t miss this festival.

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Taste Wines You've Never Tried Before is Why You Can't Miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival:

One of the most exciting aspects of the Vancouver International Wine Festival is the opportunity to expand your palate by tasting wines you’ve never tried before

From exotic varietals to unique blends, the festival showcases a vast selection of wines from around the globe. For example, you’ll experience heavyweights such as Moline de Gracie from Chianti Classico in Tuscany, guaranteed to bring pleasure. 

But the festival provides opportunities to seek out lesser known wines such as Cleto Chiarli’s Lambrusco di Sorbara, a light pink sparkling that features aromas of tart pomegranite and red currants. This unique Lambrusco-style is an excellent compliment to raw tuna dishes.

So, immerse yourself in a journey of taste as you discover hidden gems and uncover the rich diversity the world of wine has to offer. In fact, you’ll be able to taste 100’s of wines at the International Festival Tasting on Saturday night all included in your ticket price. That’s potentially saving you $1000’s in bottle purchases! 

Moreover, take this expert tip…

If attending the large International Festival Tasting, make sure to visit the Regional Tasting Stations at the end of the rows (as pictured below). These wines are hand-picked as some of the ‘best of the fest’ and are guaranteed to entice

Seeking a more relaxed atmosphere?

Explore the festival’s Minglers, intimate stand-up tastings on a smaller scale.

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Regional Tasting Stations this year span Italy, New Zealand, California and sparkling wines. Don't miss them!

You'll Meet the Winery Principals So You Can't Miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival:

Now, this point is KEY!

The Vancouver International Wine Festival insists that the winery principals attend the event

That means, you won’t be mingling with mere pourers. You will meet the proprietor or the head viticulturalist or winemaker or all three. It’s true! You’ll get to rub shoulders with the best of the best and THEY fly here to meet YOU in beautiful Vancouver! 


Meet the down-to-earth principals at Pio Cesare winery of Piedmont. Start with their juicy blackberry and plum fruited Barbara ‘Fides’ before savouring their flagship, the tannic Ornato Barolo. Engage in conversations, ask questions, and gain insights into the passion and craftsmanship that goes into each bottle. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with the creators and deepen your appreciation for the artistry of winemaking.


[Heading to Italy? Perhaps you’d like to check out our 7 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of VinItaly Wine Tasting in Verona]

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Take Part in Exclusive Wine Purchases:

Expand your wine collection with exclusive purchases available because of the Vancouver International Wine Festival. When Ontario and Australia hosted the event, I was able to buy some super cool wines from these areas for the first time. To this point, I can’t wait to see what the importers are going to bring in from Italy for this occasion!

You’ll find the wine shop at the exit of the room during the International Festival Tasting on Saturday night. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to bring home unique bottles and elevate your wine collection with exceptional finds!

In addition, for those with a penchant for opulence, don’t miss the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction, featuring exclusive ultra-premium selections in a silent auction. Select your wines during dinner and cap off the evening by dancing the night away!

Adding rare wines to your collection is just another compelling reason to not miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

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'Minglers' are casual standup events and add an extra layer of festivity to the overall festival experience.

Outstanding Wine and Food Pairing Dinners at Vancouver Restaurants is Why You Can't Miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival:

Indulge your senses in a delightful fusion of wine and gastronomy by exploring the wine and food pairing events hosted at Vancouver’s finest restaurants during the festival. Thus, La Piazza Dario Italian restaurant is featuring wines of both Veneto and Emilia-Romagna with Valpolicella wines (and Soave, and, and…and Amarone!) of Vini Montresor. You’ll tickle your senses with Medici Ermete’s Lambrusco wines (their Concerto is a one of my all time fav’s – and it’s organic so you can feel good while drinking it). During which you’ll feast with expertly crafted dishes from Chef Claudio Ranallo that complement the nuanced notes of these exceptional wines.

And say hi to Italian native, Scardova while you’re there! He’s the Export Manager at Medici Ermete and the person to thank for ensuring BC wine lovers always have access to their Tre Bicchieri award winning Lambrusco wines.

These culinary experience are a celebration of the harmonious relationship between food and wine, elevating your festival experience to new heights. 

Really, what’s not to like?

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Cherished Curated Wine Selections and Tasting Themes Means You Can't Miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival:

The seminars stand out as the most cherished events at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Embark on a curated wine journey guided by knowledgeable and esteemed winery figures. Sergio Zingarelli, winery principal of Rocca della Macie is set to grace the event with a vertical presentation of his Chianti Classico Gran Selezione wines. With Sergio’s extensive experience as the former head of the Consorzio in Chianti, seize the opportunity to glean insights from his wealth of knowledge.

But, Italy isn’t the only country represented at the festival!

Jean-Philippe Turgeon has the distinct honor of representing the illustrious wines of Gérard Bertrand from Longuedoc. Don’t miss his Cigales heavyweights! The Cigales rouge boasts a plush profile adorned with deep black fruits, complemented by an earthy and minty undertone. Furthermore, the Cigales blanc offers an exquisite experience akin to savouring silky ripe peaches dipped in honey in this barrel-aged, toasty beauty.

These themed tastings provide a unique opportunity to explore specific regions, varietals, or winemaking techniques. Each session promises to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the wines presented which is why you can’t miss this event!

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You're supporting Bard on the Beach and the Arts!

Need more reasons?

How about this…the Vancouver International Wine Festival carries a meaningful mission in supporting the actors of the Bard on the Beach events. Bard on the Beach are Shakespearean plays staged in the spectacular backdrop of the mountains and sea of Sen̓ákw/Vanier Park.

By attending this festival, you contribute to a worthy cause, as the proceeds directly aid the vibrant and talented performers involved in the Bard on the Beach. This added dimension of philanthropy serves as yet another compelling reason you can’t miss the Vancouver International Wine Festival. It transforms the event into a unique opportunity to savour exceptional wines while also making a positive impact on the local arts and culture scene.



The Vancouver International Wine Festival is not just an event; it’s an immersive celebration of the world of wine. From tasting rare and unique wines to connecting with the passionate individuals who create them, this festival offers an unparalleled experience for wine enthusiasts. From February 24th – March 3rd, 2024, don’t miss your chance to purchase exclusive wines and participate in curated wine selections led by knowledgeable panelists. Yet. this festival isn’t just about tasting; it’s a vibrant celebration of the diverse world of wines, offering an enriching experience for every wine enthusiast.


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