March 4, 2019

IMBIBE | Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

Waterfront—(February 28 to March 2, 2019) The 41st annual Vancouver International Wine Festival wined and dined thousands of guests last week with various special events, tastings, and pairings hosted all over our fair city's many venues—but as always anchored by the multi-day and night International Festival Tasting Room all you can drink smörgåsbord inside the Vancouver Convention Centre West ballroom.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

This year, the theme was "Dream Big: California Style" with fifty-three wineries from the Golden State assembled for easy west coast drinking and tasting representing the host region.

One of the many California Dreamin' highlights was a showcase on Napa Valley wineries and other familiar Cali wine regions.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
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VIWF by the numbers:
  • 25,000 admissions in 2018 (97% of all available tickets were sold)
  • 16 countries, 160 wineries, 26 venues
  • 54 events (including tastings, seminars, winery dinners, minglers, lunches, and brunches)
  • 50 participating restaurants, hotels, and caterers
  • 1,450 wines
  • 725 at International Festival Tastings
  • 146 additional wines at Trade Tastings
  • 575 at special events (dinners, seminars, etc.)
  • 42,000 bottles sampled and/or purchased
  • 82,000 wine glasses used
  • 450 volunteers
Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

For next year, the host country/region theme was unveiled as "Vive la France!" with a focus on all things French wine.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

Since 1979, VIWF has raised $9.2 million for its beneficiaries in the performing arts. Founded as a fundraiser for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company until its closing in 2012, it has since raised proceeds for the annual summer Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival—contributing $280,000 last year.


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