Canada’s Best Wine Festivals

Jun 09, 2017

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All year round, Canada features incredible wine festivals worth travelling for. Do you love winetasting, good company, and weekend getaways? Check out some of these awesome wine festivals! From Vancouver to Prince Edward Island, there are wine festivals for every palate and season. Fill your calendar with unforgettable wine events this year. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Niagara Icewine Festival. Icewine is the ambrosia of fermented beverages. Created from the single drop of concentrated liquid at the center of each naturally frozen grape, this wine is known for its decadent sweetness. If you want to enjoy the best of Canada’s icewine, visit Niagara-on- the-Lake in mid-January. As a bonus, plan to take a tour some of the area’s many vineyards and wineries.

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Vancouver’s International Wine Festival. A well-established late winter tradition, VanWineFest is the most significant wine festival as well as one of the longest-standing on earth. For the sake of good wine and being a part of history, make plans to venture here and enjoy the best of Canada’s wine and food pairings. You’ll also have a chance to sample excellent gourmet dining while you’re at it.

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Winnipeg Wine Festival. Late April brings many wine-loving visitors—and 134 wineries—to the streets of Winnipeg. This wine festival offers over 500 wines for you to sample and enjoy! Taste the best of Manitoba’s wine as well as excellent selections from around the world. This festival also features an upscale gala dinner and a fun auction.

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Sélections mondiales des Vins Canada. The only thing that could make fine wine even classier is to label it in French. Enjoy the delicious tastes of international wine and the beautiful tones of the French language when you attend a world-class wine festival in Quebec. The festival hosts 600 producers bringing nearly two thousand different wines from 35 countries. If you truly love the vine, this is a wine event not to be missed.

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Okanagan Wine Festival. Okanagan hosts wine festivals during all four seasons, but the fall festival is one of the best autumn wine events in Canada. There are many events in this festival, beginning with the British Columbia Wine Awards & Reception. If you attend, you can meet wine makers and taste the excellent winning wines. The next event is the Westjet Wine Tastings, a fun event for socializing and good wine. Finish the festival off by attending the Cropped by Valley First, an indoor farmer’s market hosting 80 wineries.

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Cornucopia in Whistler. No matter the season or event, Whistler is a great destination. Of course, wine is an excellent excuse for heading to Whistler for the weekend! Cornucopia is a festival celebrating fine wine and food, and it includes plenty of fun events. Wine tastings, seminars on wine and health, and cooking classes are the highlights of the festival.

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