Foods and Wines

Vancouver Wine Festival 2016




The Vancouver International Wine Festival welcomes the World’s greatest wine producers and wine aficionados to the annual weeklong celebration of wine and food. From educational wine seminars, tastings and minglers to lunches, winery dinners and the ever-popular Vintners Brunch, you’ll be sure to find something to please your palate.

This year 2016, the WineFest is taking place from February 20th to the 28th.


Acura Tasting Room:

This is where the wine world gathers. All 155 participating wineries (7 of them Spanish) are gathered in one room, with principals in attendance pouring selections from their cellars. This is your opportunity to meet the men and women behind the wine and ask them questions about the wine you’re sampling!

Spain’s wine regions encompass a wide range of climates and soil types. Its bodegas make bold, cellar-worthy reds, fresh and fruit y whites, and distinct sparkling wines. While Spain produces some of the most sought-after cult wines on the planet, it also continues to offer some of the world’s best wine values

Which are those 7 wineries taking part?


In 1993, Araex Rioja Alavesa brought together a group of wineries from Rioja Alavesa and the main Spanish regions to join forces and market their wines internationally. Araex is an exporter, producer and brand owner company of internationally acclaimed Spanish wines now present in more than 70 countries with a sales volume of more than 10,5 million bottles in the international market.
Campo Viejo is one of the most famous of all Rioja wines. Ever since two local winemakers – Beristain and Ortigüela – created the first vintage in 1959, they have been synonymous with innovation and a symbol of the expressiveness, color and vibrancy that Rioja is renowned for.
Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares names the group of several small wineries scattered throughout the Spanish geography that have been joining the family group since 2002. That way, Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares enforces, with its commercial name, a wide portfolio of Spanish wines with different characteristics and backgrounds.
Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. Founded in Elciego (Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, from the outset it has been a point of reference in the winemaking business at both a national and international level. Nowadays they can be found in nearly 110 countries to which they export 65% of their production
The roots of the Torres family in the Penedès can be traced back to the 17th century. Documents show that even in those days the ancestors of the Torres family were vintners and sold their wines on a small scale. Ever since its origins in 1870, Bodegas Torres has combined tradition and innovation to become a benchmark company in the quality wine and brandies sector.
Bodegas Piqueras were the driving force behind the creation of DO Almansa. It was founded in 1915 by Mario Bonete, but in 2002 they moved into a modern, immaculate, purpose-built bodega in Almansa, designed and equipped to produce top quality, exciting wines. Bodegas Piqueras is a medium-sized producer with 190 hectares of its own vineyards and another 500 hectares contracted from growers. The annual production of red wine is 1.5 million litres.
 Vivanco Winery is located in Briones, a privileged enclave in La Rioja Alta, at the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria and on the banks of the River Ebro. It is an area with a mild microclimate and extraordinary chalky-clay soils.


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