One of Vancouver's coolest wine events returns this spring

Want to really impress your friends the next time you get together and uncork some wine?

Dozens of inventive wineries from around the world will be pouring terroir-focused wines at Top Drop Vancouver 2022 | Photo: Owen Franken/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Want to really impress your friends the next time you get together and uncork some wine? You can get a taste of some of the most exciting sustainably-farmed, handcrafted wines on the market at Vancouver's coolest wine event, Top Drop, which returns for two nights this month.

Top Drop takes place May 11 and 12 at the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre and will feature nearly 40 wineries from around the world with representatives pouring tastes and sharing knowledge about their terroir-focused wines.

For its return in 2022, Top Drop Vancouver's impressive roster of participants includes wineries from California's Napa Valley, Italy's Barolo, and France's iconic Champagne - not to mention several stars from B.C.'s own wine-making industry.

The event, which launched in 2014, is a more boutique experience for wine pros and enthusiasts keen to learn about the latest in naturally chic wine-making. Top Drop was co-founded by Vancouver sommelier Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry, who has a wine importing company called the Wine Syndicate. They work with a very small team of key trade to produce the event, explains Kolt, who adds that participating wineries are chosen by a selection committee of highly-touted local sommeliers and retailers.

Fall in love with something you try at the event? An onsite wine shop is stocking what the wineries are pouring. 

Event proceeds go to the BC Hospitality Foundation, an organization providing financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

Here are all the 2022 Top Drop Vancouver wineries, plus who will be there as a representative:

Aldegheri, Valpolicella, Italy         

w/ Jane Glees, Export Director

 

Anselmi, Soave, Veneto, Italy       

w/ Lisa Anselmi, Family Proprietor

 

Ashes & Diamonds, Napa Valley, California, USA         

w/ Kashy Khaledi, Proprietor + Owner

 

Averill Creek Vineyard, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada          

w/ Brent Rowland, Winemaker

 

Azienda Agricola Bruna Grimaldi , Piedmont, Italy     

w/ Martina Fiorino, Family Proprietor + Sales Manager

 

Bella Wines, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada      

w/ Jay Drysdale, Owner + Winemaker

 

Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada   

w/ Alexandre Morozov, Winemaker

 

Bisol Desiderio & Figli Societa’ Agricola, Valdobbiadene, Italy           

w/ Stefano Marangon, Export Manager

 

Bruno Paillard, Champagne, France      

w/ Pierre-Jules Peyrat, Export Manager

 

Champagne Gardet, Champagne, France       

w/ Maude Autran, Export Manager

 

Chappellet Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, USA     

w/ Mitch Boyd, National Sales Manager

 

Chateau De Pommard, Pommard, Burgundy, France          

w/ Victor Goichon, Export Manager

 

Chateau Dereszla, Tokaji, Hungary        

w/ Gábor Weiner, Sales & Export Manager

 

Chiorri Perugia, Umbria, Italy

w/ Francesco Strangis, Proprietor + Winemaker

 

Creek & Gully Cider, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada    

w/ Annelise Simonsen, Proprietor + Director

 

Elk Cove, Gaston, Oregon, USA   

w/ Shirley Brooks, VP Sales & Marketing

 

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

w/ Gordon Fitzpatrick, President

 

Free Form by Okanagan Crush Pad, Okanagan Valley, Canada         

w/ Matt Dumayne, Chief Winemaker

 

Gekkeikan, Folsom, California, USA        

w/ Koichi Murakami, VP of Sales & Marketing

 

Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Washington, USA     

w/ Christophe Hedges, General Manager

 

Lightning Rock Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada         

w/ Jordan Kubek, Winegrower

 

Long Shadows, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA  

w/ Dane Narbaitz, Director of Sales & Marketing

 

Marchesi Di Barolo, Piedmont, Italy       

w/ Valentina Abbona, Family Member + Ambassador

 

Martin's Lane Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

w/ Shane Munn, Winemaker

 

Medici Ermete, Reggio Emilia, Italy       

w/ Ermes Scardova, Export Director

 

Mirafiore, Piedmont, Italy 

w/ Chiara Destefanis, Export Area Manager

 

Montes, Colchagua, Chile 

w/ Bryan Steinsapir, Export Manager

 

Orofino, Similkameen Valley, BC Canada         

w/ John Weber, Proprietor + Winemaker

 

Pere Ventura, Penedès, Spain     

w/ Hortense Capelle, Export Sales Manager

 

Salcheto, Tuscany, Italy     

w/ Michele Manelli, Winemaker

 

Susana Balbo Wines, Mendoza, Argentina       

w/ German Pungitore, General Manager

 

Synchromesh Wines, Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada    

w/ Alan Dickinson, Proprietor + Winemaker + Farmer

 

Tenuta Di Trinoro + Passopisciaro, Tuscany + Sicily, Italy      

w/ Letizia Patane, Export Manager

 

Tenuta Valdipiatta, Montepulciano, Italy          

w/ Miriam Caporali, Winemaker

Terravista Vineyards, Naramata Bench, BC, Canada  

w/ Nadine Allander, Winemaker

 

Troupis Winery, Mantinia, Greece

w/ Pitsa Troupi, Proprietor      

Ursa Major Winery  Okanagan, Canada            

w/ Rajen Toor, Winemaker + Grower + Proprietor

 

Weingut Thörle, Rheinhessen, Germany          

w/ Christoph Thörle, Proprietor

 

Xanadu Winery, Margaret River, Australia        

w/ Douglas Elliott, North American Manager

 

Top Drop Vancouver

When: May 11-12, 2022 from 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre - 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Tickets: $125. Available online at TopDrop.ca

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