The Cincinnati International Wine Festival brings together wine lovers while supporting good causes.

“Giving back one glass at a time,” is the idea behind the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, coming up March 8-10, as a blend of supporting the community and appreciating wine. 

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival, which is approaching its 28th annual event, is a charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote the wine industry and raise funds for local charities.

According to executive director, Debbie Dent, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival was started to connect the love of wine and local charities. “It was established to raise funds for local charities through the celebration of the wine industry,” she explains, adding that this year, the event benefits 36 Greater Cincinnati arts, education, and health and human services charities. “It distributed $350,000 in grants to the benefiting charities in 2017.”

There are many events to look forward to over the weekend of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, Dent says. A few of the highlights include:

  • March 8 at 6:30 PM- 18 Winery Dinners Open for Wine Tasting and Fine Dining
  • March 9 at 6:30-9:30 PM- Grand Tasting at Duke Energy 
  • March 10 at 2:30-9:30 PM- Grand Tasting at Duke Energy (Afternoon and Evening section)
  • March 10 at 9:30 AM- Wine Reception and Silent Auction at Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza 
  • March 10 at 11 AM- Live Auction and Winery Luncheon at Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza 

All weekend activities are open for anyone 21 and up, and Dent says, they aim to please a range of patrons.

“There truly is something for everyone here, at nearly every price point. 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 8-10,” she says. “Come explore and sample our vast array of wines, all for a great cause. Not only will you have an incredible time, you will be helping us support the charitable needs of our community.”

To learn more, or get tickets, visit https://www.winefestival.com. Watch the video below for our exclusive chat with Dent about how to make the most of the festival this year and tips for tasting!