Cincinnati International Wine Festival's Grand Tasting Postponed Again Due to Pandemic Challenges

You'll have to wait just a tad bit longer to get your vino fest fix.

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click to enlarge Photo from past Cincinnati International Wine Festival - Photo: Provided by Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Photo from past Cincinnati International Wine Festival

A beloved annual vino-centric celebration has been postponed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its reverberations. 

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival, which typically hosts its main event at downtown's Duke Energy Convention Center, was slated to host its rescheduled celebration this October, however, due to "the pandemic’s ongoing and lingering challenges that many businesses and industries are facing worldwide," the event's Grand Tasting has been postponed to March 3-5, 2022, a press release from the organization explains. 

Last year's event was cancelled, and the fest held a virtual tasting this past spring in place of the in-person event.

And while the vino fest may be postponed this fall, Cincinnati International Wine Festival organizers have several smaller-scale events planned this summer and fall — some in-person and some virtual. 

“While this postponement may be disappointing to some, we did not take this decision lightly, and remain fully committed to providing only the best top-notch, first-class experiences for our guests,” said Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director Kelly Weissmann in a release.

“The global effects of the pandemic have hit every corner of the world and left no industry untouched. In order to continue to host the high-quality festival our patrons and supporters expect, we will wait until March 2022 to resume with our Grand Tasting events. But we invite you to please join us for our winery dinner series on Thursday, September 9 held at some of the best restaurants across the city. You can also snag some great wine deals the first weekend of October.”

There will also be a charity auction and luncheon on Sept. 11 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza.

The annual fest celebrates its 30th year of "giving back one glass at a time" this year, and supports over 30 local charities with its events. The Cincinnati International Wine Festival has donated more than $6 million dollars through its fundraising efforts since it first began, the release says. 

Tickets will go on sale Oct. 1, and more details will be released. To stay up to date on info, visit

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