Shows

Wine ShowThere are innumerable wine events that take place in Toronto and it would be quite impractical for me to track them all so I have limited the scope of this site to the major wine shows (see below) and Wine Auctions in Toronto, that recur on an annual or biennial basis.

However, there are many other wine events that take place. Wine producers pass through Toronto on a regular basis to participate in trade and/or consumer tastings, and their agency will often sponsor a dinner featuring their wines. Also Vintages and WineAlign host specialty events throughout the year.

 

Some agencies hold an annual tasting to showcase their products. It is a good idea to sign up for agency e-newsletters if these events are of interest. It also helps to belong to a wine club as they may provide event information in their member communications. The Toronto section of LocalWineEvents.com is another possible source for information.

Attending one of the major annual wine shows provides a great opportunity to broaden your taste buds at a reasonable price especially when many of the wines may not be available at the LCBO. If you find something you really like, you can then make arrangements directly with the producer’s wine agency to acquire a case.

Note that historical information, including the month in which the event took place last year, is listed below as a default entry.  A specific date is entered when known together with updated information. You can obtain further information, including how to obtain a ticket, via the link.

Country & Regional Shows

These shows feature one inclusive price (typically between $60 and $70), which allows unlimited drinking for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You must acquire your ticket in advance for legal reasons. See table below for details:

Country / RegionContactPhoneDate
California Wine FairCalifornia Wine1-800-558-2675April
Taste of Greece 2017
May
The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki TourMay
Wines of ChileLisa Ulrich905-637-2100Nov 9

Other Shows

There is a relatively low base price to get into these shows and sometimes you can acquire your ticket at the door. However, you then have to buy tickets to actually consume anything. See below for a summary table followed by detailed show descriptions:

FunctionContactPhoneDate
County In The CityApril
The Ontario Wine AwardsJune
The Toronto Wine & Spirit FestivalInformationJune
The Gourmet Food & Wine ExpoNov 16-19

County In The City, presented by WineAlign, showcases boutique wines from Prince Edward County, Ontario’s hottest and fastest growing viticulture region, and provides an opportunity to meet the winemakers themselves.

The Ontario Wine Awards were founded by Tony Aspler in 1995 as a means of showcasing the best of Ontario VQA Wines. As an international wine consultant and judge with extensive experience in Europe and the new world, Tony is recognized as one of the leading authorities on Canadian wines.

The Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival is held outdoors on the waterfront and features wine samples, craft beer, and pairing seminars accompanied by live music and a waterfront breeze.

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo features a variety of wine and food offerings.   Some of the major wine making countries have booths to promote their wines and you may find some of the bigger wine agencies there also although the number seems to decline each year.  You will also find various cuisines, cheeses and snacks available as well as selected accessories, examples being clothing and red wine stain removers. In addition, there are tutored tastings hosted by industry experts covering a wide range of topics.