When is the 2018 festival?
The 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival takes place February 24 to March 4, 2018. The festival opens with the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction on February 24, followed by seven days of winery dinners, seminars, wine parties, lunches and brunches, and tastings from February 26 to March 4. The International Festival Tastings, featuring all participating wineries, takes place March 1-3.
How many wineries are participating this year?
There are 173 wineries from 15 countries participating in the 2018 festival. See the full list of wineries here.
How do I buy tickets?
International Festival Tickets, Gold Passes, and Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge tickets are on sale now. All public tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. and all trade tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 17 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 transit ticket to patrons of the International Festival Tastings. We also encourage patrons to take advantage of our partnership with beVancouver.com and book a downtown hotel room to enhance their festival experience safely.