Vinifera concept wine bar at Toronto Pearson International Airport wins international design award

OTG Management is proud to announce that its Vinifera concept at Toronto Pearson International Airport was awarded the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) coveted 2014 Maple Leaf Design Award. The award recognizes cutting-edge and innovative solutions in retail store design. 

“When OTG began working with the GTAA at Toronto Pearson, it was very clear to us that outstanding design was core to their business,” says Mike Ross, director, Commercial Development for the GTAA. “Our new OTG restaurants have greatly improved the passenger experience at Toronto Pearson and we are very proud to have them as strategic partners in our airport’s food and beverage offer.”

Opened in the fall of 2013 in Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 1, Vinifera offers the traveller an unparalleled and innovative experience featuring award-winning cuisine, immersive design and cutting-edge technology. Offering small plates and 85 wines available by the glass, which have been expertly curated by culinary partner and master sommelier John Szabo, Vinifera provides travelers the quintessential OTG experience.

With a soaring fall-inspired orange-glass facade and customizable iPad platform, consisting of visual menus, flight tracker and language support options, Vinifera is a lively and chic wine bar offering comfortable gate-side seating.

“We are thrilled to be recognized with this award,” says Justin Blatstein, OTG director of Aura. “It has been an honour to work with Toronto Pearson to create an environment that both enhances the atmosphere of the airport and elevates the customer experience.”

The dining program at Toronto Pearson International Airport brings the distinct cultural tastes of Toronto right to the travelling public. Traveler anxiety is minimized as passengers can enjoy refreshing dining options crafted by talented, regional chefs that position each terminal as a true gateway to the city in which it dwells. OTG is at the forefront of reinventing the modern airport and travel experience through thoughtful integrations of technology, full-service chef-driven restaurants and striking design. This groundbreaking design work has set an international standard for airports and terminals throughout the world.

ICSC announced the winners of the 2014 ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards during an awards ceremony at ICSC’s Canadian Convention in Toronto.


Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping-centre industry. Its more than 67,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.

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OTG is an award-winning restaurateur, elevating the airport experience with enhanced dining, design and technology in more than 200 restaurants and retail concepts in 11 airports across North America. OTG has been recognized throughout the industry for its exceptional customer focus and groundbreaking innovation. In 2014, it ranked among the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in Fast Company Magazine.