Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Cincinnati International Wine Festival

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    Attention, wine lovers! Read on as we go behind the scenes of an upcoming event that brings hundreds of wines from around the world under one roof - all for a good cause! Cheers to that!

    The 29th Cincinnati International Wine Festival is being held March 7-9.

    Love wine, a fun time, and supporting important local causes? Then mark your calendar for the 2019 Cincinnati International Wine Festival, March 7-9. 

    Founded in 1991, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a 501(c)(3) fundraising organization based in Cincinnati that aims to raise funds for local charities through the celebration of the wine industry.

    This year is the 29th annual festival, featuring more than 700 wines from 200 wineries while benefiting 35 Greater Cincinnati arts, education, and health and human services charities.

    According to Executive Director, Debbie Dent, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival was started to connect the love of wine and local charities. “The Cincinnati International Wine Festival was created to promote the wine industry while giving back to the community, one glass at a time,” she adds.

    Supported by a Board of Directors, there is a small team at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival that produces this impressive annual event. This year, the festival consists of:

    • Winery Dinner Series
    • Grand Tastings 
    • Education Sessions & Special Tasting Room
    • Charity Luncheon and Auction

    The exclusive Winery Dinners are held at Cincinnati’s most prestigious restaurants on Thursday, March 7, where visiting wine experts from around the globe team up with local chefs to create incredible multi-course dining experiences with fine wine pairings. 

    Grand Tastings are held on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 featuring 700 wines from 250 wineries accompanied by gourmet food and a silent auction. Tickets to a variety of Education Sessions and a Special Tasting Room are available prior to each Grand Tasting. 

    Also on Saturday, March 9, is the charity auction and luncheon at the Hilton Netherland. The auction features a variety of limited-release and rare wines, chef’s table dining experiences at exclusive Cincinnati homes, travel packages, wine cellar tours and more. 

    “There truly is something for everyone here, at nearly every price point,” Dent explains. “Whether you’re looking to enjoy an exclusive dinner at one of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, or you want to just taste wines and learn about their origin, you are invited to join us March 7-9.”

    In addition to all the things attendees know and love about the festival, Dent says, there are some new features this year. For example, they added the option to purchase an unlimited access weekend pass, more schedule-friendly hours on Friday, and an expanded ticket price range to accommodate every budget.

    It’s all for a good cause, too. Half of every festival ticket purchased benefits 35 local charities dedicated to the arts, education, health and human services. The goal of the wine festival is to give back one glass at a time, Dent says. In fact, the festival has given more than $5 million to local charities since it was founded. 

    Tickets for the event are still available and range in price from $70 to $300. To purchase tickets, visit

    To learn more about the event, visit or follow along on the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.