Don’t miss this year’s Dorset Wine Festival with renowned wine expert Oz Clarke
Feast your eyes on the 140 plus wines that you will be able to taste at this year's event. More wines being added weekly, details available on the day.
Our fantastic line up 2018
South African Winemakers
Gritchie Brewing Company
More added weekly!
See the full list here
VIP DINNER hosted by Oz Clarke - £140pp
Join Oz Clarke and the winemakers from Dorset Wine Festival for a fabulous wine themed dinner on Saturday 7th July at 7pm. Your ticket includes standard entrance to both days of the festival and a seat at our VIP 4 course al fresco dinner with unlimited wine, hosted by Oz .
Wine of South africa
The theme for this year has been inspired by the Western Cape. South African winemakers have been experiencing a highly exciting, yet challenging, phase in history with severe water shortages leading to the smallest yield in 13 years. Wine quality has catapulted and we have a fantastic array of winemakers bringing their produce for you to sample.
Mad Hatter's Tea Party Kids CLUB - £10 per child
For children, their friends, and most certainly for those who love cake! Our walled gardens will open to the little mad hatters in your life. They can enjoy cakes, jam sandwiches, entertainment in our supervised Alice in Wonderland themed tea party - so you can go and enjoy a relaxing glass of Rosé in peace. Limited availability, book now!
Unlimited wine tasting from 11am-6pm
Tasting glass - Official programme
Talks and masterclasses from world wine experts
Oz Clarke on wine, Steven Spurrier , Erica Dent
South African Wine - Q&A and blind tastings-
Learn about wine for beginners
What is natural wine? - How to food pair and much more!
Art Exhibitions - Free onsite parking -
Live entertainment from 12pm
A fantastic array of lunch options from 12pm
Fine dining, street food, oysters & champagne
Afternoon Tea from 2pm
Buy your favourite wines from the day
Raffle to win £1000 of wine, luxury hamper
& dinner for two at 10 Castle Street
Mad Hatter's Kid's Club
About Dorset Wine Festival 2018
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.