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

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