WHAT IS THE VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL?
Victoria International Wine Festival (VICWF) is Vancouver Island’s first exclusive international wine tasting festival, showcasing wines from around the world.
WHERE IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?
The Victoria Wine Festival is scheduled to take place at the Parkside Hotel. (810 Humboldt St, Victoria)
WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE EVENT?
Friday, September 23rd
- Evening Tasting 7:00pm – 9:30pm
- Trade Tasting 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday, September 24th
- Afternoon Tasting 3:00pm – 5:30pm
- Evening Tasting 7:00pm – 9:30pm
*Between and during these tasting sessions, wine seminars will take place.
HOW MUCH ARE THE TICKETS?
$75 per ticket (+fees) The festival ticket gets you access to the festival’s tasting room which includes free tastings of over 300 wines, niblets of food and information about each wine. *Entry to all (19+)
● Friday Evening Pass = $75 (+fees)
● Saturday Afternoon Pass = $75 (+fees)
● Saturday Evening Pass = $75 (+fees)
● Super Pass: Entry to all (19+) = $200 (+fees) Only a few left.
● Seminars =$40 (+fees)
If a consumer buys 10+ tickets we will take off $150 from their order. They just need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the promo code to do this. Only offered online.
WHERE DO YOU GET TICKETS?
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL:
Talk to the experts. Our ‘wandering sommeliers’ will be at the Festival wandering the floor ready to answer any questions and help guide your wine tasting experience at the Festival.
Over 300 Wines
Attendees can sample over 300 wines from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, Moldova, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and USA.
The owner, winemaker or a VP of a winery is called a Principal. Principals in attendance at this year’s VIWF are the following:
Charlie Baessler, Corceletttes Winery, Owner/Winemaker (Canada)
Joanne Kramer, Villa Maria, Western Canadian Brand Ambassador, ( New Zealand)
Stephanie Morton-Small, Finca Decero, VP Sales and Marketing (Argentina)
Curtis Clark, Codorníu Raventos, Brand Ambassador (Spain)
Peter Lindenlaub, Wagner Family of Wines, Division Manager (USA)
Stephan Merritt, Oak Ridge Wines, Director of International Sales (USA)
Katrina O’Reilly-Ryan, Chayee Bourras, Owner (Argentina)
Pop Up Liquor Store
Festival ticket holders will also have access to an exclusive on-site liquor store. Tasting something you love at the festival and buy a bottle of it the same night.
The Fresh Sheet: South Africa
Presented by Wines of South Africa & IVSA
Hosted by Treve Ring
September 23, 2016 at 11:30am
The wine industry in South Africa is changing, making it one of the most exciting and dynamic places in the world for wine right now. A new wave of winemakers is dedicated to crafting authentic, and terroir-driven wines that over deliver on quality and value. Treve Ring gives you the inside scoop on what’s new in South Africa, and how the country is leading the way in creating sustainable wines that speak of place.
Malbec and More: Exploring Argentina
Presented by: Wines of Argentina
Hosted by Sharon McLean
September 24th,2016 at 5:30pm.
Malbec’s popularity has helped to put the country on the map, but Argentinean winemakers are pushing beyond Malbec’s success to create a host of other top-quality wines. Sommelier and wine educator Sharon McLean will talk about how young winemakers are crafting wines using a unique fusion of both traditional and non-traditional methods; the growth of organic practices; and often-overlooked regions that offer noteworthy options for the wine explorer in all of us.
Wine & Cheese Pairing
Presented by: Dairy Farmers of Canada & Cheese and Meat Festival
Hosted by Stuart Brown & Lori Palmiere
September 23, 2016 at 5:30pm
Come and explore the smells, and tastes of cheese and wine while learning about what pairs them together.
A Guide to buying Wine
Presented by: Metro Liquor Stores
Hosted by Vancouver Island Sommeliers Association
September 24, 2016 at 1:30pm
Ever walked into a liquor store and felt lost? Or wondered what goes with dinner? Or maybe you’re stuck in a wine rut. Join our panel of local sommeliers to get the inside scoop on what to drink, when. Our somms will use crowd pleasing blockbuster wines as the starting point for a vinous journey that will get you excited about trying new styles of wine.
Wines of South Africa
Wines of Argentina
Downtown Victoria Business Association
Cheese & Meat Festival