Why do we hold wine auctions?

Music and Beyond holds wine auctions for a number of reasons. First and foremost Music and Beyond is a registered charity, and wine auctions are important fundraisers for us. Like most arts organizations, tickets sales only cover about 25% of our total expenses, so fundraising events like these are incredibly vital. Proceeds from the wine sold are donated to Music and Beyond; since our expenses are very low, virtually all of the funds go to supporting our concerts, events and young people’s initiatives.

A big part of our mandate is linking with a wide range of other art forms and cultural disciplines. Food and wine have always been an exciting part of our broad array of activities. With our wine auctions, we offer a truly exciting collection of some of the finest wines from France, Italy and around the world.

Most of our buyers come back time and time again, all with great tales of the many exciting bottles they have enjoyed since the last auction!


Who benefits from Music and Beyond’s Ottawa Wine Auction?

The Ottawa Wine Auction profits go directly to the Festival (concerts, events, activities, etc.), thereby supporting our mandate. The more we raise, the more we can offer!


Where does the wine come from?

The wine is donated by collectors or the estates of collectors: their collections contain some of the finest wines from around the world. These include wines from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and other celebrated wine regions. Please check the updated list on this link.


How is the value at the wine determined ?

The wine list is appraised by Robert Jull, one of North America’s leading wine experts and owner of Vinifera Wine Services, who has for more than 20 years appraised the wine for most of Ontario’s charity auctions.


What is the donation process?

You can visit us at our office (51 William Street, Ottawa), call or email us the list of wine you are considering donating. Please provide the following information about the wine (by email or a photograph of the label):

  • Domaine/estate
  • Wine name
  • Vintage year
  • Quality Classification
  • Denomination of Origin, Regulatory appellation (Quality Wines Produced in Specified Regions)
  • Producer
  • Date acquired
  • Colour of the Wine
  • Bottle size

Once we have all the required information, we send it to the wine appraiser (Robert Jull) who will appraise the list in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency’s guidelines.

We will communicate the results of the appraisal to you and you can decide if you want to proceed with a partial or full donation of the wine list provided.

If you decide to proceed with the donation, we can arrange to pick it up from you or you can come visit us. Once we have received the wine, you will receive a tax receipt for the appraised value.


Who donates to this fundraiser?

In addition to the collectors who have donated their wine, numerous individuals, businesses, artists and artisans also donate to our silent auction, which will take place at the same time as the wine auction. All of the donations support Music and Beyond’s initiatives.


Do I have to be a wine expert to attend?

Not at all! Whether you enjoy the occasional glass of wine or have an established cellar, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss our catalogue and be the first to raise your paddle online!

It is the place to get insights on the world of fine wine, whether you are a connoisseur, a collector or a beginner.


What is the wine auction process?

First of all, you need to buy your ticket online. Once you arrive to the venue on the date of the auction, you register, sign a waiver and receive your auction paddle.

All the wines are displayed but you may also review the information on the wines in the catalogue.

From 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM, you can preview the wine on display before the auction begins. At 7:00 PM, the auctioneer will commence the wine auction.

You can bid on the wine you like and if you successfully place the highest bid, you can proceed to the cashier (cash, credit or debit cards accepted) and collect your wine.


What is the silent auction process?

The process is almost the same as the wine auction, except that you will bid on the bidding sheet related to each product using your paddle number (the same one you were given for the wine auction).

The silent auction will close at the half-time break; the bidding process will finish at the end of the break.