Not to be confused with the now defunct Montreal Wine and Spirits Show, La Grand Dégustation is the juggernaut of Montreal wine events which first debuted in October 2011 with 1,500 wines, beers and spirits from 20 countries on offer for tasting and purchasing purposes. By 2012, the wine show attracted 12,000 visitors over its three-day run.
In 2013, La Grande Dégustation is held from November 8 to November 9, 2013 and features over 200 wine, beer and spirit producers from 20 countries proposing several hundred different products. Among them are hard-to-come-by private imports which, in many cases are not available in Quebec but can be bought on location. More on rates and delivery dates further below.
Montreal Wine Show La Grande Dégustation: How It Works
Attendees pay admission for access to the showroom -- the entrance fee admission comes with a wine guide and a wine glass. Attendees must also purchase tasting tickets in order to sample available wines at the show, which vary in price, depending on the product. Roughly-speaking, expect to spend around $60 in one evening at La Grande Dégustation, admission fees and tasting tickets included.
Enjoyed a Private Import? Buy It on the Spot
Discovered a gem at La Grande Dégustation but it's not available at the SAQ? Not a problem. Simply tell the representative who just served you a sample of whatever wine caught your fancy that you'd like to buy a bottle. Or a case. Some distributors/producers sell by the bottle. Some don't. Just find out the specifics and see if it meets your budget. In 2013, all private import orders made on location at the wine show are delivered by December 1, 2013. Shipping costs are $6 per package of 12 bottles or less from one or more producers. Private import payments are by credit card only.
12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, November 8
12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, November 9
Place Bonaventure, 800 De La Gauchetière West
$15 (less if ticket is purchased online)
Tasting coupons cost extra
Visit La Grande Dégustation website for more information.