Looking back on the success and highlights of last year's festival our aim is to keep getting better and better. While we will again be focussing on the amazing developments in the ever growing English wine market we will also be bringing you some very exciting owners and producers from South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

Our area of special interest this year will be Southern Africa where we have spend a great deal of time sourcing and tasting some incredible wines for you to try. The South African wine industry is the ninth largest producer of wine in the world and contributes 4% to global production. South Africa exports 440 million litres of wine annually and sells 400 million litres locally. There is a great difficulty in South African wine making as this will be the 3rd year of drought in the Western Cape which faces producers with challenging times with low yields however this should mean an exceptional quality of fruit. 

Year on year South African wine makers are producing the best vintages with 2018 be no exception. We will all look forward to tasting them and many other fine wines from around the world at this year's  2018 Dorset Wine Festival.

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English sparkling, Organic and
Bio-Dynamic

Now with more that 1800 ha under vine with more than 450 vineyards and producing a staggering 3.5 million bottles a year we will be looking at some of the best producers and wine makers the English wine sector has to offer.

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Exhibitors and wines available over the 2 days

The festival will offer informative and entertaining talks throughout the day by a wide variety of international wine experts, producers, growers and wine makers.  Attendees can expect samplings, pairings and talks along with live entertainment and a selection of fabulous dining options.

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RESERVE YOUR LUNCH or eat alfresco

We’re just as passionate about great food as we are about great wine, so at this year’s festival you can expect a carefully selected range of delicious dining experiences that will compliment your wine tasting journey.

The festival will also feature many award-winning wines from producers in France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Lebanon, and New Zealand.

Alex Boon, Festival Director said “As an independent importer, the team at Museum Wines and I have built up relationships over the past 15 years which give us access to wines not available anywhere else in the UK. Our aim with the Dorset Wine festival is to showcase some of these exclusive wines that we know are punching about their weight in terms of value. We’re also passionate about sharing the rise of the English producers, who’ve had a phenomenal year sweeping up a host of international awards, along with some exceptional natural wines. The Dorset Wine Festival promises to be a great weekend for all lovers of wine, be they expert or novice.”

The festival will offer informative and entertaining talks throughout the day by a wide variety of international wine experts, producers, growers and wine makers.  Attendees can expect samplings, pairings and talks along with live entertainment and a selection of fabulous dining options.

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Dorset Wine Festival
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10 Castle Street is situated on the edge of Cranborne Chase in Dorset. This area was a favourite of medieval kings as a hunting ground and also has links to Thomas Hardy’s classic novel – Tess of the D’Urbervilles. The grand, symmetrical exterior is typical of the Palladian style architecture, which became popular in the UK for a brief time in the mid-17th century.

The house itself boasts an extravagant history dating back to the eighteenth century. The original owners were the Stillingfleet family. It was then altered and extended by Thomas Erle-Drax of Charborough in the late 1750s. Later it was bought by Lewis Tregonwell, who became famous for building what is now the oldest property in Bournemouth. Owned by the Cranborne Estate, 10 Castle Street is a fantastic example of a traditional country mansion steeped in history, character and charm.

 

Dorset Wine Festival
Dorset Wine Festival
Dorset Wine Festival
Dorset Wine Festival