Trade Onsale Tuesday

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

The 14-event Trade Days program is an integral part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, featuring three days of seminars, masterclasses, lunches and tastings designed to enhance your wine knowledge and business. The conference runs February 15-17.

“This year, we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by showcasing the largest selection of Canadian wineries ever assembled at an international festival,” says VIWF executive director Harry Hertscheg. “With 180 attending vine stars from around the world, along with national and international media and buyers, VIWF 2017 will be an unprecedented opportunity for Canada to understand its place in the wine world, both as a long-time importer and an emerging exporter of premium wines – including amongst provinces!”

View the 180 wineries from 16 countries. For a quick overview of festival events — including a great line-up of public wine seminars — browse the Festival at a Glance pdf. Learn more at the Trade Days website, download the trade brochure or view it online.

Trade Days Events

Click the event names below for more details on each event, including featured wines.

Wednesday, February 15

Ontario’s Star Whites
9:30-11 a.m.
VCC West, meeting room 109

There’s no Place Like BC
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
VCC West, meeting room 110

Poised for Pinot
2-3:30 p.m.
VCC West, meeting room 109

BC: Diversity & Purity
3:45-5:15 p.m.
VCC West, meeting room 110

The Wine Economy in Canada
Industry Symposium
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reception 5-6 p.m.
VCC West, meeting room 121

Thursday, February 16

Canada Coast to Coast
9:30-11:30 a.m.
VCC West, meeting room 109

Principals Welcome Lunch
presented by JF Hillebrand
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
VCC East, Exhibit Hall A

Trade Tasting
presented by ContainerWorld
2:30-5 p.m.
VCC West, Ballroom D
Trade Buyer Entry 1:30 p.m.

Friday, February 17

Seminars: 9:30-11:15 a.m., $45

From Ground Up
sponsored by Golden Mile Bench Association
VCC West, meeting room 118

Heartbreak & Backache
VCC West, meeting room 110  

Okanagan Estate Collection
VCC East, meeting room 8

Sparkling Wines of Canada
VCC West, meeting room 109

Celebrating Excellence: 14th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring Wines of Canada
presented by ContainerWorld
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
VCC East, Parkview Terrace

Trade Tasting
presented by ContainerWorld
2:30-5 p.m.
VCC West, Ballroom D
Trade Buyer Entry 1:30 p.m.

How to Buy Tickets

Trade Days events are restricted to those in the wine, restaurant, and hospitality industries who buy, sell, serve, or market wine. Individuals purchasing tickets for these events must register and provide their name, occupational title, and the name of their establishment prior to booking.

All prices inclusive of wine, food (where applicable), gratuities, service charges, and taxes.

Please note: ticket limits apply to some events.

By phone:


1.877.321.3121 (toll free)
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

In person:

*New Location*
BMO Theatre Centre
202-162 West 1st Ave.
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Email queries:

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Thank You for Making Us #1

For the fourth year in a row, VanWineFest was rated the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Industry Event in Canada by BizBash. It’s a tribute to all our partners and participants!

Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to BC’s Best Somm

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC) has named Shane Taylor of CinCin Ristorante Best Sommelier of BC, 2017. Shane took home the title after an all-day showdown against 15 other sommeliers at Rogers Arena on January 9. Victory was particularly sweet, as Shane had finished in second place the last two competitions.

Todd Prucyk of Hawksworth Restaurant and Mathew Landry of The Stable House Bistro were this year’s runners-up.

Shane will be presented with the Sommelier of the Year Award at the 14th Annual Awards Lunch on Friday, February 17. He will compete in the National Sommelier Competition in Vancouver this September for a chance to represent Canada in the world championships in 2019.



BC Hospitality Foundation

VanWineFest is pleased to partner with the BC Hospitality Foundation. Sommelier scholarships will be presented at the 14th Annual Awards Lunch on Friday, February 17.

The BC Hospitality Foundation is the industry’s charity of choice, providing support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition.

The Foundation’s mission is to offer assistance, beyond traditional medical benefits and insurances, to individuals within the hospitality community in their times of financial need. As well, it is committed to supporting the industry’s next generation by providing scholarships to selected students enrolled in hospitality, culinary and wine programmes in BC.

For more information, visit their website and follow the conversation on  Facebook and Twitter

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