Don’t miss this year’s festival with wine expert Oz Clarke

Looking back on the success and highlights of last year's festival our aim is to keep getting better and better. We will again be focusing on the amazing developments in the ever growing English wine market and 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.

What’s Included

Unlimited wine tasting from 11am-6pm
Tasting glass -
Official programme
Talks and masterclasses from world wine experts
Oz Clarke on wine
Bordeaux Masterclass  -
Learn about wine for beginners
What is natural wine?  -  How to food pair and much more!
Art Exhibitions  - Sculpture Trail - Free onsite parking

What else

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

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English sparkling, Organic and

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.


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.


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 3 course al fresco dinner with unlimited wine, hosted by Oz.