This was the website for the Sante Wine Festival held in Toronto's historic Bloor-Yorkville district.
Content is from the site's archived 2006 pages.


PREVIEW: APRIL 29 & MAY 2, 2006
FESTIVAL: MAY 3–7, 2006

Media Launch: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 (Manulife Centre)

Amazing vintages, world famous winemakers, celebrity chefs, gourmet food, Toronto’s best restaurants, shops and venues – what do they all have in common? They all come together to create one of the most spectacular wine festivals in the world – SANTÉ: THE BLOOR-YORKVILLE WINE FESTIVAL.

For five days in May, Bloor-Yorkville and Toronto host a world of sumptuous wonders. Santé uncorks a world of wine, food and events for each guest. From intimate gatherings to large scale tastings, seminars to sipping and shopping, Santé tantalizes every tastebud.

Santé 2006 welcomes back many favourite events as well as some new and exciting highlights:

  • 2006 marks the largest number of participating wineries in the
    Festival’s history—82 in total.
  • The Ultimate Winemakers Dinner is a wonderful and rare opportunity to indulge in a grand dinner prepared by five of Canada’s celebrity chefs and paired with 10 wines that have been awarded the Santé 2006 Award of Excellence.
  • The LCBO will once again be setting up a Santé Festival Store at The Carlu so that guests may purchase some of the wines presented during the Festival.


Newbies:  We were new to Toronto having just moved from New York City. My company offered my a new position with a hefty raise in my salary. I jumped at the opportunity and immediately said yes. I'm doing research on a very unusual project about the societal influence on philosophic thinking. One of the coolest parts is the study of the idea of nothing, and how the ancient and modern thinkers arrive at provocative ideas starting with the notion of "nothing" - there's a fascinating article by Rev Sale that I recommend highly because it's a fun & educational read about an arcane topic. So I'm now working remotely from our new home. Our new next door neighbors introduced themselves the first day we moved in. We even had a very interesting conversation about "nothing" and how the ancient philosophers derived God from an understanding of their concept of nothing. Over the following weeks they offered great suggestions and advice. When they mentioned the Sante Wine Festival and then invited us to go with them, we said yes. We had a terrific time. The tastings were educational to say the least. We  picked up several bottles of amazing wine. We  also gave a particularly lovely vintage to our new friends as a thank you for being such wonderful neighbors.


You could have a chance to win a Two Night Wine Country Experience for two adults* from American Express when you use your American Express® Card at participating merchant locations in the Bloor-Yorkville district during the month of May. And, there are even more chances to win during the Santé Wine Festival from May 3 - 7, 2006. You could have a chance to win* one
of these exciting prizes:
First Prize:
Two Night Wine Country Experience for two adults to Niagara Falls, ON, including accomodations at the Inn on the Twenty, breakfast and dinner for two in the dining room, spa treatments and wine tasting.
Second Prize:
Taylor Wine Accessory Package, including a wine cooler with digital temperature controls and a cordless wine opener with recharging base.
Third Prize:
Deluxe GE Wine Chiller with a 4.3 cu. ft. capacity that holds 29 bottles.

Shop starting May 1, 2006! Don't miss out on your chance to WIN!


Santé: The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival invites you to…

Experience one of the world’s truly outstanding wine festivals, featuring amazing vintages, world-famous winemakers, celebrity chefs and spectacular cuisine.

Join us from May 8th to 12th for five magnificent days in May, Toronto’s most elite shopping and dining neighbourhood plays host to the 9th Annual Santé: The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival.

Vintners from South Africa are among a record setting 90 international wineries arriving in Toronto to uncrate their finest vintages. At Santé, you don’t just sip the wine – you live it, through international tasting events, casual afternoon seminars, shopping and dining experiences.

For 2007, Santé has added so much more:

  • Bon Appétit Magazine joins Santé as the Festival’s first international media partner. Festival guests will have the opportunity to meet legendary New Orleans chef, John Besh; and world renowned pastry chef, author and Bon Appétit contributor, Dorie Greenspan.
  • Deconstructing Dinner Events: 5 top chefs will create multi-course meals, each course expertly paired with Santé wines. How do they do it? And, which will you choose?
  • Santé in the Park: food and fun in the Village of Yorkville Park adds to the excitement of the Festival’s traditional Sip, Savour & Shop events.
  • Cool Wines & Hot Sounds: The ROM is the setting for a fabulous Festival Finale featuring incredible wines and the hottest jazz north of New Orleans.

2006 Santé Wineries


The Carlu
444 Yonge St., 7th Floor
May 3 to May 5

Find your favourite Santé Festival wine on sale and take it home with you. Once again, Santé and the LCBO will be operating a boutique LCBO store at The Carlu during the following events:

The Ultimate Winemakers Dinner
Wednesday, May 3: 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Trade Day
Thursday, May 4: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

International Tasting
Thursday, May 4: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wines & Food Of The World
Friday, May 5: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

This special store will carry a selection of wines featured at this year’s Festival; however, due to availability and space limitations, some labels will not be offered.


Angels Gate Winery Canada
Anselmi Italy
Ascheri Italy
Beringer USA
Bertani Italy
Bodega Miguel Merino Spain
Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro Spain
Byrne & Smith Wines Australia
Carmela Estates Winery Canada
Champagne Gardet France
Champagne Louis de Sacy France
Champagne Taittinger France
Château des Charmes Canada
Concha y Toro Chile
Coyote's Run Estate Winery Canada
Creekside Estate Winery Canada
Delicato Family Vineyards USA
DogRidge Vineyard Australia
Domaine de Belle Mare S.A. France
Domaine Dereskos S.A. Greece
Domaine Hatzimichalis Greece
Domaine Porto Carras S.A. Greece
Domaine Spiropoulos Greece
E.& J. Gallo Winery USA
EastDell Estates Winery Canada
El Lagar S.R.L. Argentina
Fanti San Filippo Italy
Fielding Estate Winery Canada
Flat Rock Cellars Canada
Fonseca Guimaraens Portugal
Gaia Winery Greece
Geyser Peak Winery USA
Goundrey Wines Australia
The Grange of Prince Edward Canada
Hardy Wine Company Australia
Heath Wines Pty Ltd. Australia
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery Canada
The Hess Collection USA
Ironstone Vineyards USA
Jacob's Creek Australia
Katnook Estate Australia
Katogi & Strofilia S.A. Greece
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates USA
Kim Crawford Wines New Zealand
Kir Yianni Greece
KWV International South Africa
Lakeview Cellars Canada
Le Freak France
Lungarotti Italy
Macaw Creek Wines Australia
Mad Dogs & Englishmen Spain
Malivoire Wine Company Canada
Masi Agricola SPA Italy
McWilliam's Winery Australia
Miguel Torres S.A. Spain
Mike Weir Estate Winery Canada
Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery USA
Peller Estates Canada
Pillitteri Estates Winery Canada
60 R.H. Phillips Winery USA
Robert Mondavi Winery USA
Rutherford Hill USA
Saint Germain S.A. Argentina
Santo Wines, Union of Thiraikon Greece
St. Supéry Vineyards and Winery USA
Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Canada
Stratus Vineyards Canada
Strewn Canada
Tawse Winery Canada
Taylor Fladgate Portugal
The Tiers Wine Co. LTD. Australia
Trius Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada
Tsantali Greece
Twin Fin USA
Vaeni Naoussa COOP. Greece
Vendange USA
Villa Sandi Italy
Viña Cono Sur Chile
Viña Errazuriz S.A. Chile
Viña La Rosa Chile
Viña Seña Chile
Wyndham Estate Australia