35th annual Vancouver Playhouse
International Wine Festival; inaugural year was 1979. The Festival’s board chair
is Randal Kaardal. The Festival’s executive director is Harry
The wine world is here for Canada’s
premier wine show. The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is one
of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world, offering something for
every level of wine drinker, collector and trade professional. Winery
principals (winemaker, proprietor, senior executive) representing 180 selected wineries from 15 countries will be in attendance to pour and discuss their wines. Every year, this international festival shines the spotlight on one country or region, and that region has more wineries, wines and events than any other. There also is a global varietal focus. For 2013, the regional theme is California and the Global Focus is Chardonnay.
The heart of the festival is the International
Festival Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where some 790 wines are
available for sampling. About 900 additional wines are served at special events that orbit the tasting room, including a
gala auction, wine seminars, trade events, and food and wine pairing affairs
such as winery dinners, lunches and brunches at top Vancouver restaurants and
inception in 1979, the Festival has raised $7.8 million for the Playhouse
QUICK FACTS Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival
35th annual (founded 1979)
Dates: February 25 - March 3, 2013
2013 Theme Region: California
2013 global focus: Chardonnay
Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $7.8million for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company
Note that the numbers below are for the 2012 festival. The 2013 festival is expected to be similar in scope; stats will be announced when available.
60+ restaurants and hotels participate
(791 at International Festival Tastings)
(171 additional wines at IFT trade tastings)
(739 wines at special events)
30,000 bottles poured
2012 theme region (Chile): 35 wineries serving 468 wines
2012 global focus (Cabernets): ~220
PAST REGIONAL THEMES
2012 - Wines of Chile
2011 - Wines from Spain
2010 - Wines of Argentina & New Zealand Wine
Celebrate British Columbia
2008 – Vino Italiano: Innovation by Tradition
2007 – Australian Wine: A World of Difference
2006 – Wine Regions of France
2005 – Taste the new South Africa
2004 – Discover the Wine Regions of California
2003 – Showcasing Wines of Chile
2002 – Germany & Portugal
2001 – Spain
2000 – Italy
1999 – Australia
1998 – California
1997 – Canada
1996 – Bordeaux
PAST GLOBAL FOCUSES
2012 - Cabernet(s)
2011 - Fortified Wine
2010 - Rosé
2009 – Pinot(s)
2006 – Pinot
The Festival is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place.
The International Festival Tastings, most Trade Days events and public wine
seminars are held at VCC. Other events are held at Vancouver’s top restaurants and hotels. In
addition to the host venues, and restaurants, caterers and suppliers will participate
in the festival’s two signature brunches, Vintners Brunch and Flavours of the
Festival, taking place on Sunday, Mar 3.
TRADE DAYS CONFERENCE
There are (tbd) trade-only
events over three days, Wednesday February 27 to Friday March 1, 2013. The hub of Trade Days are the two afternoon
Trade Tastings in the International Festival Tasting Room on the Thursday and
Friday, which offers wines served at the public tastings in the evenings as
well asadditional wines that are
unlisted and not yet available in this marketplace.
The Trade Days special
events include a Symposium on February 27th which last year was on Social Media. The California focused opening Theme Plenary (February 28th), various seminars for buyers,
servers, sommeliers and chefs, as well as the must-attend Trade Days Lunch (February 28th) and much-anticipated 10th Annual Awards Lunch (March 1st). Trade
Days Conference tickets are restricted to members of the hospitality and food or
beverage industry only and there is a registration process to ensure industry participation.
Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction is at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Tuesday, February 28, 2011.
This is the centre piece of the festival and one of the most spectacular
events in the city. The evening provides an unparalleled opportunity to
enhance collectors’ wine cellars through auctions of rare, valuable and
unusual wines, donated by some of the world’s top winemakers and private
collectors. The auction also includes unique culinary experiences, excursions
and extravaganzas. Meanwhile, the dinner is the ultimate in wine and food
pairing, with a Champagne reception and five
sensational courses paired with ten outstanding wines.
Event prices range from $29 to $475. Advance ticket rates end on (TBD) (Bacchanalia Gala; TBD). Ticket
prices are inclusive of HST and service charges (and gratuities for lunches
and dinners in restaurants).
Tickets to public events go on sale Tuesday, January 8th at . Complete event information and
ticket purchasing information, will be
available online at www.playhousewinefest.com by Fall of 2013.
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival has three mandates. It
provides an informative,
educational and entertaining wine experience for consumers and trade; it
serves as a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry; and it is a
primary fundraiser for the Playhouse Theatre Company, Western
Canada’s largest theatre company dedicated exclusively to
producing works of the contemporary repertoire.
Since inception in 1979, the Festival has raised $7.8 million for the
Playhouse, enabling the company to mount 238 theatrical productions and
create extensive educational and community outreach programs. The 2012 Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction raised $250,000.
Last updated: March 14, 2012
"It's invaluable to have contact with all the restaurateurs and the wine store people" (at the Winefest) - Niva Martin - La Frenz Winery Principal.