The Tasting Room features 180 wineries pouring 710+ 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, New Zealand, and Spain will allow festivalgoers to explore the unique wines of a specific area of the wine world. There will also be two regional tasting stations in the Canadian section, featuring wines from British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
AUSTRALIA: HISTORY AND EVOLUTION
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.
DISCOVER BRITISH COLUMBIA’S DIVERSITY
Discover the distinct characteristics of British Columbia’s diverse bounty. Try eight feature flights of three BC VQA Wines each designed to explore our unique terroir, range of varieties and abundance of styles. Whites flights: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Aromatic blends. Red flights: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Bordeaux Blends.
NEW ZEALAND: AN INDELIBLE EXPRESSION OF PLACE
It has been said that there is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like wine from New Zealand. Come and taste Marlborough’s sub regions as well as terroir from other regions as we showcase our two most renowned grape varieties; Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Experience the balance of extraordinary purity and intensity of flavours set around impressive aromas and vibrant acidity.
TIDAL BAY APPELLATION: WINE FOR NOVA SCOTIA
Come and check out Nova Scotia’s signature white wine, Tidal Bay. Taste 12 expressions, all from vintage 2015, that brilliantly reflect the terroir, coastal breezes and cooler climate of their birthplace. Experience the passionate, artisan winemakers and the classic Nova Scotia style with lively fresh green fruit, dynamic acidity and characteristic minerality.
SPAIN IS WINE
Passion, excitement, diversity and originality are all found at the Regional Table of Wines from Spain. Come and join us to discover some of the 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 tastebuds.