When is the 2019 festival?
The 41st Vancouver International Wine Festival takes place February 23 to March 3, 2019. The festival opens with the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction on February 23, followed by seven days of winery dinners, seminars, wine parties, lunches and brunches, and tastings from February 25 to March 3. The International Festival Tastings, featuring all participating wineries, takes place February 28-March 2.
How many wineries are participating this year?
Winery applications open May 1 and the participating wineries will be announced in September 2018.
How do I buy tickets?
Advance sales of International Festival Tickets, Gold Passes, and Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge tickets go on sale November 1, 2018. All public events go on sale Wednesday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. and all trade tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased online 24/7
By phone: 604.873.3311 / 1.877.321.3121 (toll free)
In person: 202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
What does my ticket price include?
Published ticket prices include wine, food samples or meals, GST, service charges, and gratuities, if applicable.
Can I buy the wines I tasted at the festival?
Wines at the four International Festival Tastings are available at the onsite BC Liquor Stores Wine Shop, which is open during the tastings. You must have a corresponding ticket to the tasting to enter the Wine Shop.
Wines at other special events are not available for sale at the event, but many wines can be found at BC Liquor Stores and private wine stores. If you like a wine, ask the principal or local wine agent for information on where it can be purchased – the festival app will have contact information for all wineries and their wines.
Can I bring my infant or child to an event?
No. You must be 19+ to attend a festival event. Two pieces of government approved ID are required for confirmation purposes.
Is there a Designated Driver price?
No, we do not offer a Designated Driver ticket. We encourage all patrons to drink responsibly, and the Get Home Safe program provides a complimentary one-zone Compass ticket to patrons of the International Festival Tastings. We also encourage patrons to take advantage of our partnership with StayVancouverHotels.com and book a downtown hotel room to enhance their festival experience safely.