2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

The 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival has begun. Now in its 40th year, this weeklong celebration begins with a series of wine related dinners spread across the city. Portugal and Spain are this year’s featured countries, but with sixteen countries represented and 173 wineries pouring a combined 1,450 wines at 50 events, no matter what your tastes, there is so much for you to choose.

One of the special seminars I attended last year.

This event is considered one of the finest in the world and it never fails to attract top wineries from around the globe. One of the reasons this wine fair is so popular with wine lovers is that it provides them the opportunity to meet the people behind the wines, be it the winemaker, proprietor or family member. It is amazing the amount of talent all gathered together for one week in Vancouver. These people are passionate about their craft and their brand and they love to talk with people who appreciate quality wines.

Besides an impressive turnout from Portugal and Spain, all the most famous wine regions will be represented. Love French, German or Italian wines? You are in luck. California and Washington? Of course! Want to taste wines from the southern hemisphere? How about trying some from Argentina, Chile or New Zealand?

Montes Purple Angel from Chile

Be sure to stop and say hello to your favourite BC wineries – two dozen of them will be in attendance.

Intersection proprietor Bruce Schmidt

Julian Scholfield, Amy Hollenbach and Mike West – Haywire

Mireille Sauve pouring at the regional table.

Chris Tolley – Moon Curser, a winery with rare varietals.

John Skinner – Painted Rock

Harry McWatters and winemaker Lawrence Buhler – TIME Winery


Never had a wine from Nova Scotia? You can at Van Wine Fest 2018. Feeling adventuresome? How about wines from Hungary, Turkey or Uruguay?

Suvla wine from Turkey

Ever try a wine from Uruguay?

If all this is making you thirsty and excited, go to VanWineFest.ca or call 604-873-3311 and get your tickets right away, as they sell out fast.

Note: Photos are from the 2017 wine festival.

(All photos – Sam Hauck)

For a preview of some of the wines available this year see my previous article here:

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 Preview


Sam The Wine Teacher

About Sam The Wine Teacher

Sam, The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to count and is the former Guild Master of the BC Guild of Wine Judges. He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano College, Eden West fine foods, the Richmond School District Continuing Education department, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. He also trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.

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