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.

Discover great new wines and hone your palate with the chance to compare and contrast over 130 great wines. We will be hosting talks from some of the finest winemakers from across the globe. These unmissable sessions are the perfect opportunity to taste some of the world’s greatest wines and learn from our expert tutors. You can also expect a variety of dining options and music acts to complete your experience. 

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Representing a real coup for the festival, eighth generation producer Damien from the legendary Barton family in Saint-Julien appellation Bordeaux will bring a selection of their scintillating wines to sample.

The Barton family's passion for wine is reflected in the elegance and consistency of Château Léoville Barton. This estate was classified as a 2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855 and lies within the iconic terroir of Saint Julien in the Médoc.

Nestled beneath the ancient hill fort of Musbury Castle, Castlewood Vineyard emerged from its south facing Devon hillside in 2006. The quality of their 100% estate-grown sparkling wines is maintained by only picking the ripest fruit from their pocket of just a few thousand vines.

Owner, Rob Corbett meticulously tends to every vine throughout the growing season, with the help of family and friends for the harvest. Their wines are made without filtration or the use of any fining chemicals. Cellared in traditional stone farm buildings, they undergo a minimum of eighteen months secondary fermentation before release.

Harvest is celebrated in the form of an annual Wine Festival in the vineyard. Up until 2015, they used to sell their entire vintage in one day!

 

Hattingley Valley is a family owned business located in Hampshire which specialises in making premium English sparkling wines using the traditional method. Simon Robinson established Hattingley Valley in 2008 when our first vineyard was planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. We currently manage over 24 hectares (60 acres) of vines across two well-situated sites.

Our custom-built, eco-friendly winery was completed in 2010 with our first release being in August 2013. Our multi-award winning wines are produced by our talented wine making team led by Emma Rice and Jacob Leadley, both of whom trained at Plumpton College. Emma was awarded the prestigious title of Winemaker of the Year in 2014 in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition. Emma reclaimed this honour in 2016 and is the first woman to be awarded the title twice.

Located in the South Downs, West Sussex, with vineyards boasting the same chalky ground as the Champagne region Nyetimber leads the way in English Sparkling, making world-class wines. A must for any fans of fizz!

The Nyetimber estate counts three major landmarks in its history. Its earliest beginnings saw it first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Then there was the planting of the first vines, almost exactly 900 years later. Most recently, there was the decision in 2006 that Nyetimber wines deserved an audience on the world stage.

Nyetimber is in the fortunate position to own one hundred percent of our vineyards and all of our wines are produced from the 170 hectares we have planted at the best sites in West Sussex and Hampshire. Nyetimber’s vineyards were the first to be devoted exclusively to the holy trinity of Champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir.

A millennium might have passed since our name was coined as ‘Nitimbreha’, likely referring to a newly timbered house or perhaps a small timber plantation. But the most significant developments for this House have taken place in a single decade with our winemaking team among the most proficient in the world.

Championing small independent winemakers, Les Caves de Pyrene is an importer, agent, distributor and retailer of wines from around the world. Promoting ‘natural’ wines expressive of their homeland and made by hand with minimal chemical intervention, Les Caves will select their finest examples of bio-dynamic, organic and natural wines to bring to this showcase event

We believe in the importance of ‘terroir’, indigenous grapes, diversity and organic viticulture. Above all, wines of character. We champion small, independent winemakers, the hardy souls who put their love and life’s work into the bottle to deliver a unique and inspiring product.

The wines we list reflect the peculiarities and strengths of their region - their terroir. But equally as important, a list should reflect the way we drink - with food, with friends, listening to music, watching a sunset, smelling the sea air… because drinking wine is primarily a reason for having fun.

So here you’ll find extensive and highly subjective tasting notes, historical vignettes, cultural and culinary background and multifarious digressions. It’s a way to understand the wines, to evoke and stimulate as it brings you closer to the spirit of the wine itself.

The Sumeire family produce exceptional multi award-winning Provençal rosé wine under the label Chateau l’Afrique. They will be showcasing some of their latest winning vintages and limited productions at this year’s festival.

The Holden Manz Wine estate in South Africa, scooped record number of wins at this year’s awards. An exclusive grower of red grapes, the Estate only cultivates its top 16 hectares under vineyards, notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot; producing ultra-premium wines made for the discerning wine connoisseur.

Situated in Cotes de Provence forward thinking vintners Gregory Hecht and Francois Bannier, excel in making vivacious rosé and sparkling wines. We are thrilled that they will be bringing a selection of their heavenly award winners to the festival. 

Moreson Wine Farm, located just outside the town of Franschhoek, are an independent family run farm famed for their estate grown medal magnets Mercator Chardonnay and Solitaire Blanc de Blancs. Nikki Friedman, the owner, will be on site to introduce guests to their wines as will her sister, Charley, who’ll be feeding the masses from her food truck ‘Growlers’ which specialises in Steak Pregos.

 

Bancroft are one of London’s leading agencies and distributors and their range has been strengthened by the recent addition of Joseph Perrier Champagne House, famed for being the favourite of King Edward & Queen Victoria. Bancroft are also a former winner of Harper’s Best Overall Distributor / Agent

Solms Delta are a fair-trade wine farm in every sense of the word. The owners of the two neighbouring farms bought a third under the name of the 200 strong workforce, the profits from which go back into their community improving housing, healthcare and education. They currently offer 3 distinct wine collections; Lifestyle, Heritage and Terroir - all of which are pretty good too!

 

Gusbourne Estate was born in 2004 with a clear vision and single goal to craft English sparkling wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offerings from across the globe. Their wines have been receiving critical acclaim since the first release in 2006 and their philosophy of not allowing them to be stocked by supermarkets makes the opportunity to taste them at Dorset Wine Festival even more exciting.

The Castle Street range of wines has been curated with one absolute mission statement: to introduce a range of wines which ‘punch above their weight’ in terms of quality against price. With six wines sourced from France, South Africa and Australia there’s plenty of variety to get stuck into and plenty to talk about long into the night… with a glass or two of course!

Burgundian producers Dufouleur Pere et Fils have been working with us to create Castle Street White Burgundy since 2014. Dorset Wine Festival gives you an opportunity to taste many of their other wines including both red and white wines from some of their Premier Cru vineyards.

An outstanding producer from the Rhone Valley, several of the wines produced by Gabriel Meffre will be available to taste including their Chateauneuf du Pape Saint Theodoric which was awarded a Platinum medal and the accolade of best in show for any wine produced using red Rhone varietals in Decanter’s World Wine awards this year.

 

Artisan eatery The Larder House teamed up with Lyme Bay's head wine maker Liam Ldzikowski back in early 2016 with the aim of creating a unique and complex fortified sparkling wine.  Using a base sparkling wine exclusively from Seyval Blanc grapes, the first bottling was blended with a 1999 Sercial Madeira from the D’Oliveiras family to create the aptly named 'Ardor'.