30th Annual
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Fine Wine Charity Auction
November 17-24, 2020


No Buyer’s Premium. No HST.

For the first time in its 30-year history, the TSO Fine Wine Auction will be held ONLINE from November 17-24, 2020 on Iron Gate Private Wine Management’s platform at IronGateAuctions.com.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Fine Wine Auction – Auction Authorization # AA1195354.

Registration / Bidding

2020 Wine Auction: LOT 207 – 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche

  • Opens on Tuesday, November 17 at 12 pm EST
  • Closes on Tuesday, November 24 at 9 pm EST
  • Bidding is anonymous, simple and secure
    • Register at IronGateAuctions.com with name, phone number and email address
    • Registrants can create their own auction item wish list and make anonymous bids throughout the duration of the auction
    • Bidders will receive notifications for bids, outbids and won bids
  • Bids can be placed from anywhere across Canada
  • The online auction catalogue can be searched by producer, region and sub-region, vintage and value
  • The platform features a real-time countdown clock that will track the time remaining in auction down to the second
  • There is no cost to register and place bids
  • By registering to bid, all bidders acknowledge that the wine or other alcoholic beverages offered for sale at the Auction may not have been tested by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.
  • All bidders/purchasers of wine or other alcoholic beverages through the Auction must be 19 years of age or older, and agree to the full Auction Terms and Conditions listed below and on the IronGateAuction.com website.

Fine Wine Auction Lots – view online catalogue IronGateAuctions.com

Introduction to the Online Auction Directory / Level/Ullage Description and Interpretations; Terms and Conditions

Auction Highlights

Thanks to the generosity of our wine donors, the online catalogue features wines from many regions of the world. The catalogue includes images of all 500 wine lots and can be searched by producer, region, sub-region, vintage and value.

Some rare and exceptional lots include:

  • 1 bottle of 1869 Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 1 bottle of 1988 Château Petrus
  • 1 bottle (6 litre) of 2006 Ornellaia Vendemmia d’Artista – one of only 20 in the world
  • 1 bottle of 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche
  • 31 bottles of Dunn Howell Mountain, spanning vintages 1986 to 2007 – all signed by the winemaker
  • many other fine wines from the great producers, including special vintages and over-sized bottles.

Whether you’d like to add to your collection or you’re just starting out as a wine collector, don’t miss this opportunity to bid on these outstanding wines and many more.

A Message from the TSO Music Director A Message from the TSO Chief Executive Officer A Message from the TSVC President A Message from the TSO Fine Wine Auction Chair

2020 Auction: LOT 63 – 1869 Château Lafite Rothschild

We thank our Fine Wine Auction appraiser, Robert Jull of Vinifera Wine Services, for his continued expertise and professionalism.

We also thank Iron Gate Private Wine Management for their excellent management of our wine inventory and their assistance with the implementation of the online auction.

We are grateful for the support of auctioneer Stephen Ranger of Ranger Wine, Canada’s most respected and experienced auctioneer of Fine and Rare Wine.

Proceeds from the auction support the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s vital music and education activities in the community.

CIBC, Martell and Corby Spirit and Wine.

Catalogue photography by Kevin Hewitt Photography Inc.
Catalogue design by Patrick Lucero.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:
Toronto Vintners Club
The Wine Academy
The Vintage Conservatory

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 enrollment for all members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
  • Since inter-provincial 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.

Donating Wine to the TSO Fine Wine Charity Auction

Download and print the 2021 TSO Wine Donation Form.

Since its inception 30 years ago, this annual fundraiser has raised over $7.2M 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 enrolment, 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. We are now accepting donations of fine wine for the 2021 auction. Wine for the 2021 auction must be received by July 31, 2021 for inclusion in the 2021 auction. To be eligible for a 2021 charitable income tax receipt, donations must be received by December 31, 2021.

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 lmcgeown@tso.ca.

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 program 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 temperature controlled wine storage facility (Iron Gate Private Wine Management).
  • If you contribute wine valued at more than $2,500 you may receive a voucher from the TSO for two complimentary tickets to a TSO concert. [Please note: TSO concert vouchers are subject to availability each concert season.]
  • All donors receive an invitation to an exclusive TSO rehearsal (if 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 donor listing.
  • 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.

A Look Back at Our 2019 Auction!

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