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International Festival Tastings
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
The Wine World is HereIf
attend only one of the festival’s events, make it an International
Festival Tasting. The Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention
Centre is the heart of the festival, where all participating wineries
and their principals gather to pour their 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, as well as many wine and
Advance tickets on sale Tuesday, November 1, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 16, 7-10 p.m. - Advance Rate $80 (regular $89)
Friday, February 17, 7-10 p.m. - Advance Rate $90 (regular $95)
Saturday, February 18, 2:30-5 p.m. - Advance Rate $70 (regular $79)
Saturday, February 18, 7-10 p.m. - Advance Rate $90 (regular $95)
Advance rate available until December 15 or while quantities last
181 Wineries • 16 Countries • 770+ Wines
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TASTING ROOM
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.
The stars of
the global wine scene –
winemakers, proprietors, senior execs – come to Vancouver every year to
discuss their wines with festivalgoers. That’s what makes this festival
unique. Each winery will be represented in the room by a principal,
someone closely involved in the wine-production process, there to share
their wines and knowledge. You’re quite likely to find that the person
serving your wine has their name on
the bottle. Identify the vine star by his or her royal blue lanyard.
If you are serious about your wine tasting experience and want more room and time to interact with the winery principals, Thursday is the best night. Attendance is guaranteed to be 30% lower than the other two evenings, and the price is slightly lower than the weekend tastings. The Saturday matinee has a 20% lower capacity, and offers a less expensive, albeit shorter, tasting experience that takes full advantage of the glorious view looking out across Coal Harbour.
BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop
Free bottle check and wine delivery
All wines served in the room are available for purchase there but some
are in VERY limited supply. When you discover a wine that you want to enjoy at
home, don’t wait until the end of the session to buy it as it might be sold out
– put it in the handy bottle check, and then continue your tasting session.
Repeat as necessary. When you’re ready to leave, check out your wines. And if
you live in British Columbia, whether you’ve bought one bottle or several
cases, your wine can be shipped free of charge to your nearest BC Liquor Store.
Very convenient! Note that you must show your tasting room ticket for admission
to the shop.
Buy the Case
Festival partners BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners & Spirits
Association (IVSA) have teamed up to allow festivalgoers to "shop the world" and order case lots of
select wines featured at the International Festival Tastings. Wines available by the case will be
identified with a BUY THE CASE neck tag. Place orders for those must-have
wines directly at the participating winery tables and they’ll be delivered to
your closest BC Liquor Store within two weeks of the conclusion of the
Words to the wise
This is a
wine tasting, not a food event. Be sure to have a meal before you arrive. That
said, food samples are available to enhance your tasting experience.
Pace yourself. Have a game plan – you can’t taste every wine in the room. And don’t
swallow everything that’s poured into your glass. Have a taste and then make
use of the spit buckets at every table, by spitting or pouring out the rest.
And if you do want to taste a lot of wines, we offer four tasting sessions over
three days, so repeat as necessary!
Please don’t wear fragrance! (Nothing shouts wine newbie as loudly as perfume or noxious
after-shave.) All the noses and palates in the room will thank you.
Don't Wine and Drive!
even think about bringing your car or bike.
- Take transit. BC Liquor Stores offers a
free transit ticket at their Get Home Safe booth as you exit
- Assign a designated driver
- Take a cab or limo
Sponsors and suppliers:
"the true decision-makers of wineries and the wine industry from around the world are all together, so the side meetings and boardroom discussions are more fruitful than any other festival in Canada, which of course, is incredibly valuable."