2018 DENVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTVIAL
HISTORY: 2003 TO PRESENT!
Back in 2003, Christopher and Darcy Davies, the founders of Wine Country International© magazine first moved to Colorado with their first issue hot off the press. At that time, they had plans to create an internationally recognized wine competition and wine festival. They moved to Colorado because of its central location and modern International airport that would allow them to easily trek the world reporting about interesting wine regions, cuisine and luxury travel.
During a visit to Chile in 2004, they had the pleasure of meeting Aurelio Montes at Vina Montes Winery. When he learned that the Davies' lived near Denver, he asked "Why are all the wine festivals in Colorado held in the mountains?" They answered, "We don't know".
After months of market research and industry input, the Davies launched Denver’s first-ever, international wine festival. The inaugural festival was held at The Oxford Hotel, an historic jewel in Denver's Lower Downtown (LoDo) district. Catering and event execution was masterfully provided by the catering division of McCormick's Fish House & Bar.
The inaugural DIWF showcased more than 350 premium wines from 17 countries!
Guests enjoyed mingling with winemakers who poured tastes of premium reserve wines, gourmet food samplings and provided educational seminar's. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper declared the week of the DIWF as “Denver Wine Week”. During this week, wineries conducted eleven "vintner's dinners at top flight Denver restaurants.
The Denver International Wine Festival quickly became one of the nations most prestigious international wine festivals.
The 2006 Denver International Wine Festival moved to a larger venue, The Mile High Station. Mayor John Hickenlooper once declared the week of the DIWF (Oct 30 to Nov 5, 2006) as “Denver Wine Week”. The festival and its consumer/trade events were held on Thursday November 2 and Saturday November 4, 2006 concluding a full-week celebration of wine & food events in Denver.
The new venue provide space to host a VIP lounge and educational seminar's and guided tastings. To elevate the festival's status, Wine Country Network, hired world renowned sommelier Daniel Johnnes to be the official host of 2006 the Denver International Wine Festival.
Mr. Johnnes is the Wine Director for Daniel Boulud's Dinex Group, including Restaurant Daniel, DB Bistro, DBGB, Cafe Boulud and Bar Boulud. He joined chef Boulud after spending 20 years as the Wine Director for Montrachet and the Myriad restaurant group. He is also an author, an importer, and the organizer of the Burgundy celebration, La Paulée de New York. Daniel received the highest honor awarded to a wine professional in the United States when the James Beard Foundation named him ‘2006 Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year’.
During that year, Wine Country Network launched an exciting new chef's food and wine competition, "The Taste of Elegance" paired 14 restaurants with 28 Gold and Silver Medal winning wines from the 2006 Denver International Wine Competition. 440 "foodies" attended this delicious competition. A live auction raised more than $14,000 for Gilda's Club of Denver. The "Grand Tasting" of International Wines showcased more than 400 wines from 19 countries, including Korea!
Top 10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals
The three-day wine and food festival showcases the largest selection of international and domestic wines at any Grand Tasting in the Rocky Mountain region, and was named one of the “Top 10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals” in the U.S. by Fodor’s and one of the Top Fall Wine Festivals by Thrillist.
Over the year’s the Denver International Wine Festival has been hosted a numerous venue’s in Downtown Denver, South of Denver and North of Downtown. In 2017, festival management selected the newly built Denver Marriott Westminster, in Westminster, Colorado, where we enjoy the use of 100% of their event space and the grand ballroom.
The Denver Marriott Westminster hotel at Church Ranch expands the possibilities for travel to this dynamic community. Centrally located between Denver and Boulder, this hotel provides both business and leisure travelers a world-class choice when visiting this beautiful area. Meeting planners appreciate our ideal location just 30 minutes from Denver International Airport. As a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award-winning hotel, guests will find superior accommodations complemented by Marriott’s excellence in service.
DIWF guests can receive special festival room rates starting at $129 per night.
Join us for premium wine and culinary experiences, enhanced education programs and luxury travel exhibits!