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. 

 

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. 

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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.

 

Shadowed by the Dassenberg mountains, the mild Franschhoek valley is the perfect canvas for winemaker Wynand Grobler to create a portfolio of outstanding Franschhoek wines. The flagship range, Paulina’s Reserve, proudly bears the name of original owner, Paulina de Villiers. Their two iconic wines, The Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon and our flagship - Paulina’s Cabernet Sauvignon are both exemplary South African red wines. This distinctive South African wine, as well as the renowned Paulina's Reserve and Rickety Bridge classic range, have received several accolades at South Africa wine shows and around the world.

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.

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!

Haut Espoir is a boutique wine estate and cellar in Franschhoek, South Africa. Developed and run by the Armstrong Family since 1999, we produce distinctive, handcrafted wines in harmony with nature. The literal translation of Haut Espoir is 'High Hope’. At Haut Espoir, winemaking goes hand in hand with conservation. We have been transitioning to Biodynamics since 2011. We focus on minimal impact to the environment with our viticultural practices. We have actively restored the environment around us and no fungicides, insecticides or commercially bought fertilisers are used.

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

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.

In the flourishing Tuniberg region of Baden, winegrowing has been cultivated for hundreds of years. Passed on by his father and grandfather, Philipp Lang has gathered extensive knowledge and experience about the art of winemaking. Upon completion of his viniculture studies at the university in Geisenheim he added further expertise in state-of-the-art wine-cultivation methods. Almost a decade ago he started to develop his own philosophy about producing wine of highest quality that suits contemporary taste.

As producer, Black Elephant Vintners focuses on identifying and procuring quality estate-grown grapes cultivated within the Franschhoek valley and surrounding regions from which it produces and crafts quality wines.Our wines represent our sincerest endeavours to bring the Franschhoek experience to all wine lovers for the sole purpose of enjoyment and as an expression of our appreciation for our good life.

After a celebrated career in wine – and inspired by the chalky, south-facing slopes of his wife Bella's Dorset sheep farm – Steven Spurrier joined the English sparkling wine revolution.There are now 10 hectares under cultivation, producing three elegantly sparkling English wines in the heart of Dorset's breathtaking Bride Valley.

Planted by Andrew and Sarah in 2007, English Oak is a boutique family vineyard, thriving in Dorset’s beautiful countryside. Their wines benefit from a winemaker’s philosophy and passionate commitment to minimal winery intervention at every stage of the production process. This low volume, high quality, skilled craftsmanship, results in vintage wines that are free to express their own natural style. In production, they mirror closely traditional méthode Champenoise wine making process, where concern for quality always overrides quantity.

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.

Jonathan Maltus, an Englishman originally from Africa, has always been a strong believer that a bottle of wine should be judged by the taste of its contents over the ‘big name’ label slapped on the front. His philosophy can be most easily described in two parts: do things differently, and do things better. Arriving in Saint-Émilion during the ‘garage period’ in the 1990s when breaking the rules of classic Bordeaux was all the rave, Jonathan soon gained a reputation for being able to produce a range of wines which stood out just as successfully for being unique as for being top quality. Now leading dynamic teams in both Bordeaux and Napa Valley, he’s more ambitious than ever and a driving force for change. Best of all, he loves what he does - winemaking passion is the root of his success and the expertise of him and his team is proudly displayed in every bottle.

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. 

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.

Grape UK have been supplying both the On Trade and Independent Off Trade for over twenty years. Over the last few months we have made extensive changes to our wine portfolio, honing the range in order to focus on quality and service. We have recently added family growers from Australia (Salena Estate) and New Zealand (Matahiwi).

Viñalba is an exciting range of wines which showcases the depth and elegance which Argentina can offer. It encompasses an eclectic range of grape varieties and wines from both Mendoza and Patagonia. Launched in 2007, it has already won 242 medals, including 12 trophies in major international wine competitions.Underpinning all of this is the unshakeable belief in the local terroirs, and determination that all our wines should express these terroirs as elegantly as possible.

Specialists in Italian boutique wine, they source organically produced wines from small vineyards directly. Taste through an impressive list of Italy’s finest under the radar talent.