Toronto Symphony Orchestra
28th Annual Fine Wine Charity Auction

Thursday, November 15, 2018

 CIBC, Commerce Court West, 199 Bay Street, 56th Floor, Toronto
Reception 5:30 pm; Auction 6:15 for 6:30 p.m. start
Auctioneer: Stephen Ranger

We are now accepting donations of wine for the 2018 Auction!

Donating Wine to the TSO Fine Wine Charity Auction

Download and print the 2018 TSO Wine Donation Form

We are now accepting donations of fine wine for the 2018 auction.  Since its inception 27 years ago, this annual fundraiser has raised over $6.5M with the generous support of donors and buyers! Funds raised support the world-class Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and provide funding and support to the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and its tuition-free enrollment, and the TSO’s music education programs that reach thousands of students each year.

As a donor you can do your part in our community by donating a bottle or selection of fine wines from your cellar to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Fine Wine Charity Auction.

Donations of fine wine are accepted year-round. However, wine for the 2018 auction must be received by July 31, 2018 for inclusion in the 2018 catalogue. To be eligible for a 2018 charitable income tax receipt, donations must be received by December 31, 2018.

Donations to the Auction are eligible for a charitable income tax receipt based on the appraised value of the wine in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

For more information, please contact Linda McGeown, TSVC General Manager at

Benefits of Donating Wine

  • Your donation supports the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and its school and community programs, as well as the TSO’s tuition-free enrollment for all Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra members. Donations provide critical support for the TSO’s educational programming and help enrich our community.
  • Your donation is appraised by our professional appraiser (Robert Jull of Vinifera Wine Services), and picked up by our Fine Wine Auction Committee at no charge to you. All donated wines are stored at our wine storage facility (Iron Gate Private Wine Management).
  • If you contribute wine valued at more than $2,500 you will receive a voucher from the TSO for two complimentary tickets to a TSO concert.
  • All donors receive an invitation to an exclusive TSO rehearsal as long as scheduling permits. Past rehearsals have included world-renowned guest artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and Itzhak Perlman.
  • As a donor, if you wish, you will be recognized in the TSO Fine Wine Auction catalogue.  All donors will receive a complimentary copy.
  • You will receive a tax receipt based on the appraised value of your wine donation. Tax receipts are issued in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines.

Benefits of Buying Wine

  • Wine buyers pay only the hammer price. There are no additional taxes (HST) or buyer’s premium because we are formally recognized as a charity auction.
  • Buyers are supporting the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), one of Canada’s major cultural organizations. Proceeds from the wine auction benefit the TSO and its school and community programs, and tuition-free enrolment for all members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
  • Since interprovincial shipping of wine is now sanctioned by Bill C-311, oenophiles outside Ontario will be able to phone in bids on our splendid offerings. Check your provincial restrictions for further details.

A Look Back at Our 2017 Auction!

Click image to view/download the 2017 catalogue

Click image to view/download the 2017 catalogue

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
27th Annual Fine Wine Charity Auction

Thursday, November 9, 2017

 CIBC, Commerce Court West, 199 Bay Street, 56th Floor, Toronto
Reception 5:30 pm; Auction 6:15 for 6:30 p.m. start
Auctioneer: Stephen Ranger



Advance Registration
Please complete the 2017 TSO Fine Wine Auction – ONLINE Bidder Registration FormThere is no charge to attend. However, all guests are required to register and we encourage advance registration.

View/download the 2017 TSO Fine Wine Auction catalogue (PDF 11.5 MB).
View/download the 2017 CATALOGUE ERRATA (PDF 109 KB).
View Photos of the 2017 wine lots housed in Iron Gate Private Wine Management’s wine storage facility.

Absentee/Phone Bids
To submit an absentee bid or telephone bid request, please complete the 2017 Absentee Bid Form. The deadline to submit absentee/phone bids is 12:00 pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Please see the catalogue for more information (pages 52-55).

Highlights of the 2017 Auction
At the 2017 auction, Stephen Ranger, Vice President,, one of Canada’s leading auctioneers, will invite wine lovers to bid on an extraordinary array of some of the finest wines from around the world. Rare fine wine offerings are from many of the great producers, including special vintages and oversized bottles.

• An excellent selection of first growths
• The outstanding 1982 and 2000 Château Mouton Rothschild
• Château Pontet-Canet including the impressive 2009 vintage
• 2000 Château Lafite Rothschild
• 1899 Château Lafite Rothschild (recorked in 1990)
• 1947 and 1982 Château Margaux
• An assortment of Sauternes, including the 1966 Château d’Yquem

Rhone & Burgundy
• Our largest collection to date of excellent Burgundy and Rhône wines from 1961 to 2012, including the 1993 and 1996 Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru, Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

• A large collection of French champagne from 1978 to 1996 including the extraordinary 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal and 1996 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut magnums.

Port & Cognac
• A selection of ports and cognac including a 1900 Madeira.

• From the cellar of Donald Ziraldo (co-founder of Inniskillin), a unique and special Canadian icewine vertical from 1984-2016 in a hinged wooden case. It includes the famed 1989 Inniskillin Vidal Icewine and 2014 Ziraldo Estate Vidal Icewine, winners of one of the world’s most prestigious wine awards at Vinexpo, Bordeaux, France.

Inniskillin Wines

A Look Back at Our 2016 Auction!

A Look Back at Our 2015 Auction!

The TSO Fine Wine Charity Auction is a project of the Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee.