Get Ready to Buy Your VanWineFest Tickets
on January 9, 2019
VanWineFest tickets to all public events at Canada’s premier wine show, February 23-March 3, go on sale Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is an eight-day celebration of wine and food that features 54 events, including dinners, the the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, lunches, minglers and wine and food parties, and educational seminars. To say nothing of the International Festival Tastings, where 160 participating wineries gather to serve ~725 wines. Check out some of the vine stars coming to Vancouver this year!
This year, the spotlight is on California, highlighting wines from the Golden State through special events and the theme section of the Tasting Room. Please note: limits for VanWineFest tickets apply to some events. Vintners Brunch is only available in person or by phone.
View all 2018 events through the links below or read on for details on different event types:
Trade Days Conference
Trade events, which are restricted to those in the hospitality and food and beverage industries, go on sale Wednesday, January 23. The three-day, 12-event trade program is February 27-March 1.
The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room is home to all 160 participating wineries, as well as Regional Tasting Stations from Australia, California, Napa Valley, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, South Africa, Spain and Washington State. Choose from four International Festival Tastings sessions: Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening or Saturday matinee.
Want to kick it up a notch? Enhance your Friday or Saturday evening tasting with the VIP experience in the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge. Enjoy some great bites, select festival wines, and comfortable seating with an amazing view, then head next door to the Tasting Room though an adjoining door. Your IFT ticket is included in the price. Simply return to the Delta Lounge at any time for a more intimate experience.
Or go all in on a Gold Pass that gives you access to all six sessions in the Tasting Room (four International Festival Tastings and two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld), the invitation-only Festival Taste on Thursday, plus the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge on Friday and Saturday.
Stay, Save and Sip
If you book a hotel room through StayVancouverHotels.com,, you will receive a free ticket, an $84-$109 value, to the International Festival Tasting of your choice! If you’re booking a dinner or wine party, a hotel stay is a great idea. Your hotel stay doesn’t have to coincide with the IFT night you choose (although you probably want a hotel that night too!) Don’t wine and drive. Choose from 38 downtown hotels and four tasting sessions. Book by February 14, while supplies last.
Explore issues, trends, regions and varietals; learn more about the world of wine in an educational and dynamic classroom setting. Experts on the wine will guide you through the tasting and winery principals will speak to their wines. Browse all seminars here
A relaxed tasting where patrons browse from station to station in an informal and entertaining setting. Learn about the world of wine in a fun and relaxed way. The California Crush wine party promises to be a fantastic kick-off to California’s festival spotlight! Pick your party here
A sumptuous and informative exploration of food and wine, where the vision of the chef is shaped and influenced by a selection of premium and exclusive wines from a specific winery or region. Top winery representatives will be on hand to introduce their wines and rock star chefs will take a bow. Dinners take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. See all winery dinners here
Lunches & Vintners Brunch
These multi-winery food and wine extravaganzas on Saturday afternoon are the perfect way to explore the wine and cuisine of a particular country of theme. And Sunday’s Vintners Brunch is a perennial festival favourite and a great way to close off VanWineFest 2019. Choose Lunches and Vintners Brunch here
NB: Vintners Brunch tickets are only available in person or by phone.
VanWineFest is pleased to welcome journalist, author and senior contributing editor at PUNCH, Jon Bonné, as the keynote speaker for the 2019 festival. Jon Bonné is one of the most influential American voices on wine. He is the senior contributing editor for PUNCH, and the author of The New California Wine and The New Wine Rules. Previously Bonné was the lifestyle editor and wine columnist at MSNBC, wine editor and chief wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, US columnist for Decanter and wine columnist for Seattle magazine. In 2017, he was honored as Feature Writer of the Year at the Roederer Awards.
Jon Bonné will be a speaker at Rhône Around the World, Lessons from California, the keynote speaker lunch, and the wine industry symposium, Canada’s Place in Key Wine Markets.
How to Buy VanWineFest Tickets
1.877.321.3121 (toll free)
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
BMO Theatre Centre
202-162 West 1st Ave.
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
On Wednesday morning, lineup at the BMO Theatre Centre main doors starting at 8:30 a.m. for in-person tickets. VanWineFest Tickets go on sale at 9:30 a.m. All VanWineFest tickets lists prices inclusive of wine, food (where applicable), gratuities, service charges, and taxes. No surprises at checkout! No Minors. 19 years or older only.