The Tasting Room features 160 wineries pouring nearly 650 wines. But the International Festival Tastings are more than a tasting; they’re an opportunity to explore all of the wines of the world, and to find new and exciting ways to enjoy them. In addition to the individual winery tables, regional tasting stations hosted by Australia, California, Napa Valley, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, South Africa, Spain and Washington State will allow festivalgoers to explore the unique wines of a specific area of the wine world.
California Wine Experience
California Love at First Sip. We invite you to sample an array of premium sustainable wines from California at this exciting regional table. Winemakers across California are fusing technological innovation and environmental stewardship to create inspiring wines that are crafted to pair with tasty dishes or to enjoy all by themselves. We look forward to raising a glass to you and the Golden State!
Australia’s wine roots are steeped in over 200 years of winemaking and wine styles across the country are continuously shifting to challenge the perceptions of today’s wine connoisseurs. Join us to taste wines from multi-generational families, old vines and ancient soils; explore the evolution of classic wines, the introduction of new varieties and innovations in winemaking.
Napa Valley: Then vs. Now
Napa Valley wines are some of the world’s most sought-after with Cabernet Sauvignon reigning supreme. These wines capture Napa Valley’s legendary terroir in the glass and makes them worthy of aging. The personality of a well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon evolves, developing increased complexity and texture over time. Discover for yourself the ageability of our Cabernet Sauvignon at the Napa Valley regional table and explore the wines of then and now.
New Zealand: Pure Discovery
Visit the New Zealand regional booth for a Pure Discovery experience. You will have the opportunity to revisit the varieties that you love while discovering new wines and flavours you may never have tried before!
Nova Scotia Cool
Nova Scotia Cool tasting station will feature selected versions of the Tidal Bay appellation, Nova Scotia’s signature wine, and North America’s only true appellation wine. This crisp, light white reflects the terroir, coastal breezes and cooler climate of the coastal valleys hosting our vineyards. Other crisp aromatic Nova Scotia whites to be featured include award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay and Ortega. Paired with Nova Scotia’s famous seafood, what could be cooler?
Discover White Wines of South Africa
The wines from South Africa are considered by many to rival wines from some of the world’s best wine growing regions. This year’s offering will showcase wines meant to convince you! South African winemakers are producing distinctive Chenin, Chardonnay and Methode Cap Classique (champagne-method sparkling), that uniquely reflect the soil and climatic conditions where they’re grown. Come and taste through the line up to discover why international critics are so smitten with South African wines.
Spain is Wine
Passion, excitement, diversity and originality are all found at the Regional Table for Wines from Spain. Come and join us to discover some of our most famous and not so famous, YET, indigenous grape varieties found all over Spain! From exciting reds like Monastrell and Mencía to Garnacha and Tempranillo and whites including Albariño and Verdejo, Godello and Viura, they can all be tasted at the same table. Let us tantalize your taste buds with some perfect pairings of these wonderful wines with some terrific tapas found exclusively at our Theme Country Regional Table.
Washington State: The New Epicentre of Wine
With more than 950 wineries and 55,000 acres of wine grapes, Washington State has catapulted onto the world’s wine stage as a respected and influential $5 billion industry. Washington ranks second in the US for premium wine production, currently available in all 50 states and 100+ international markets. Washington’s growing regions boast long, warm days and cool nights, creating ideal conditions where nearly 70 grape varieties thrive. Washington winemakers and grape growers appreciate a collaborative, forward-thinking culture.