Cheers to 2023

Cheers to another successful edition of the Vancouver International Wine Festival. We celebrated our 44th festival from April 22-30, with 147 participating wineries from 17 countries, including 44 wineries from our theme continent, South America!

The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, presented by National Bank Private Banking 1859, kicked off the 8-day festival with a spectacular evening of wine and food that raised $160,000 for our charitable beneficiary, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

We’re still gathering festival statistics and stories are still coming in, but here are a few callbacks to #VIWF2023.

Festival Snapshots

Didn’t make this year’s festival? Browse through our photo galleries to see a few highlights of the people and events that made 2023 a spectacular festival.

Festival Wines Available at BCLIQUOR

Is your festival cellar running low? Missed out on buying some favourite wines? It’s not too late! A great range of 2023 festival wines are now available at select BCLiQUOR stores, many exclusive to our Tasting Room, so you can stock up for summer.

Visit these stores to browse the full selection (wines and quantities vary):

  • 39th & Cambie
  • Alberni & Bute
  • Arbutus
  • Caulfeild
  • Dunbar
  • Fort Street
  • Kamloops Columbia Place
  • Kelowna Orchard Park
  • Langley
  • Lynn Valley
  • Park Royal
  • Peninsula Village
  • Richmond Brighouse
  • Richmond Ironwood
  • Solo
  • Westwood Centre

If you need a handy reference for shopping, download the Tasting Room Program. You can also download the VanWineFest app, available at the App Store and Google Play.

Cheers to our Volunteers

The festival wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of our volunteers. Thank you to all those who gave of their time, enthusiasm, and expertise, whether it was on a committee, at an event, or behind the scenes.

Celebrating Excellence in our Community

On Friday, April 28, the wine and food community gathered to honour at the 19th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring South America, presented by ContainerWorld.

Sommelier of the Year: Kelcie Jones
Spirited Industry Professional: John Bishop
Terry Threlfall Scholarship: Chris Turyk
Wine Program Excellence Awards: see all

Bard on the Beach: On Stage Now!

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is thrilled to be the charitable partner of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Bard’s 2023 season is on now with the return of the smash hit Beatles-inspired production of As You Like It on the BMO Mainstage. Running in repertoire is Julius Caesar, while the Howard Family Stage features Henry V and the hilariously interactive Goblin: Macbeth.



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