The Demystified Vine

Taking the mystery out of wine exploration!

YES, believe it. The 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival is just around the corner. How fast did that year fly by? Almost too fast, as vine stars from all over the globe are once again gearing up to jet-set their way over to Canuckland.


Brian Lynn from Majella Wines poses for a photo with me at the 2015 VIWF. Brian will be attending again this year.

TWENTY-SIXTEEN is the 38th wine festival in Vancouver, and will be taking place from February 20 to 28 at various locations around the city including the Vancouver Convention Centre in addition to other various hotspots.

There are 155 wineries from 14 countries set to take the lead at this celebrated festival. Each winery will be sending a high-level rep to present their wines. High-level representatives can include winery owners, winemakers, and senior executives.

Educational seminars (54 in total) and numerous eclectic dinners will be attended by these representatives, and of course, attendees of such events will get a chance to try the luxurious wines from these top producers.

Photo of the wines tried at the "Excitement in a Glass" seminar at the 2015 VIWF

Photo of the wines tried at the “Excitement in a Glass” seminar at the 2015 VIWF

This year, the theme country is Italy, which should prove tremendous fun.

“We are honoured to welcome top winemakers, owners and senior winery representatives to our festival each year,” declares Harry Hertscheg, VIWF executive director. “Festivalgoers will have unique access to the people directly responsible for the wines they are tasting, and can connect with leading figures in Italy’s extraordinary wine and food culture.”

For those who adore Italian wines, you’ll get the chance to shake hands with some of the finest vine stars Italy has to offer. With 60 Italian wineries in attendance this year, you’ll have your hands full. Below are a few folks you might be interested in talking to:

  • Marilisa Allegrini, Owner/CEO, Allegrini
  • Stefano Benini, International Export Director/Family Member, Marchesi de’Frescobaldi
  • Pio Boffa, Owner, Pio Cesare
  • Luca Currado, Owner/Winemaker, Vietti
  • Stefano Leone, Global Export Director, Marchesi Antinori
  • Francesco Ricasoli, President, Barone Ricasoli


If you’re keen on attending this world-renowned event, public ticket sales hit the pavement on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Be sure to check out the amazing deals in connection with downtown hotels via

To purchase tickets, head to or call 1-877-321-3121. For more information, you can email

Ciao, and see you at the festival!

The Demystified Vine

3 thoughts on “2016 VanWineFest Greets World’s Vine Stars

  1. Looking forward to reading your comments about it. 🙂

  2. Joe says:

    Love your site! Love your passion! KEEP IT UP!

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