Wine festival: giving back one glass at a time

Guests in front of the 2017 honorary chair booth, Robert Mondavi

Guests in front of the 2017 honorary chair booth, Robert Mondavi

Thursday, March 8-Saturday, March 10, Duke Energy Convention Center

Wine lovers from connoisseurs to intrigued beginners will converge for the 28th annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival.

The festival is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization that raises funds for local charities through the celebration of wine. The event will feature 700-plus wines from more than 200 wineries across the globe.

Honorary chair is innovative winemaker Darioush Khaledi of California.

The festival will kick off with exclusive winery dinners hosted at several restaurants by winemaking experts.

Friday and Saturday are dedicated to grand tastings, special tasting rooms, education sessions and more, along with a charity auction and luncheon at the Hilton Netherland on Saturday.

Half of every festival ticket benefits the 36 charities that are this year’s beneficiaries. Since 1991, the festival has raised more than $5 million for local nonprofits.

winefestival.com and at the door

Board member John Mocker, 2017 honorary chair Genevieve Janssens and Tim Beattie of Constellation

Board member John Mocker, 2017 honorary chair Genevieve Janssens and Tim Beattie of Constellation


Cincinnati International Wine Festival:

  • Founded in 1991.
  • Established to raise funds for local charities.
  • Kroger is presenting sponsor, among others.
  • Features more than 700 wines from 200-plus wineries worldwide.
  • Benefits 36 arts, education, health and human services charities.
  • $350,000 donated to charities in 2017.
  • More than $5 million donated to local charities since its inception.

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