Calgary Health Trust

2020 Great Italian Wine Encounter

Start Time: January 22, 2020 - 06:00 PM
End Time: January 23, 2020 - 11:59 PM
Location:Fairmont Palliser
 133 9 Ave SW
 Calgary, AB


Vendemmia International Wines and the Calgary Health Trust proudly present the Great Italian Wine Encounter 2020!

The Great Italian Wine Encounter (GIWE) has always focused on advancing procedures and treatments that shape the future of medicine. Through GIWE we are investing in areas of complex autoimmune diseases and advancing many treatments in this area. Investments from the community support Calgary’s clinical leaders to become pioneers in medicine, focused on providing new patient treatment options and better outcomes for those in our community.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to support advancing the development of a new Glomerulonephritis (GN) – also knows as nephritis – clinic to centralize care in Calgary. The GN is a group of diseases that injure the part of the kidney that filters blood. If the kidney is injured, it cannot get rid of wastes and extra fluid in the body. If the illness continues, the kidneys may stop working completely, resulting in kidney failure. Often caused by an overreaction of the body’s immune system (autoimmune disease), GN is a serious illness that can be life-threatening and requires immediate treatment. GN often occurs in otherwise healthy people; however, it can often be associated with other autoimmune medical conditions involving the joints, gut, skin, blood and cancer.

The new clinic will provide leading-edge care and technology to provide an integrated, comprehensive health care service that would offer opportunities for timely diagnoses, prediction and prevention of kidney disease and effective treatment options to Albertans across the lifespan and health disciplines, including further support for Apheresis.


Gala Auction
January 22, 2020 - 6:00 PM
Fairmont Palliser Crystal Ballroom

Join us at Fairmont Palliser for one of Calgary’s most prestigious fundraisers. The event will host some of Italy’s greatest winemakers, outstanding wines, great food and great friends. Enjoy this stand-up cocktail style event while you speak to the winemakers, bid on the amazing live and silent auction items or just share a glass or two of wine with your friends!  

Women of Wine Luncheon

January 23, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Fairmont Palliser Alberta Room

* A full table is 8 tickets

Designed for women in Calgary, this luncheon will host some of the most prominent women in the wine business conversing with their female counterparts in Calgary. This event allows open dialogue on a variety of international issues important to women; motherhood, career and daily challenges, all while enjoying some of the wines produced by the “Italian women of wines”. This world-class lunch adds to the magic of an afternoon off with the girls.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Brianne Underwood at 403-943-1420 or email