While you might think that the very best wines come from France, English wines are growing in popularity and the UK as a whole is becoming increasingly more widely recognised as a premium location for producing quality wines.
Because Dorset has such a warm climate and good quality soil, it’s an ideal place for growing grapes. The best grape varieties produced in the UK are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus, all of which produce incredible wines with a unique local flavour. In Dorset, the mild weather and focus on creating top quality produce means that you can find a wide variety of grapes which leads to a huge amount of wine! As well as producing some top notch wines, the various vineyards in the region also offer tours and tastings, so you can find out more about how your favourite wines are made and of course, sample the flavours on offer.’Read
The vineyards located in the Dorchester region also benefit by being on sites with similar chalks and soils that can be found in the champagne region, so you can be sure of a delightfully tasty wine without having to export it from outside the UK. In fact, many of the wines that are produced in the Dorset area have won awards including the Independent English Wine Awards and the South West Independent Wine Association Awards. Whatever your tipple of choice, you can be sure that the wine varieties on offer are of the highest quality and have official accreditations.
Dorset is home to a regular wine festival showcasing the very best of the region’s wines. Make sure to keep an eye on our events section for the dates of the next one, it’s a great opportunity to meet the county’s wine producers and to stock up on a few bottles of your favourite wines. The festival usually offers unlimited wine tasting, so make sure you plan how you’re getting home or back to your accommodation beforehand. There are a number of local taxi firms who are happy to ferry you around, or you find yourself a designated driver. The local wines are always better when they are enjoyed responsibly!
Because of the quality of the wines being produced here in the county, it is little wonder that many of the restaurants, bars and pubs that can be found around Dorset stock locally produced wines rather than importing those from abroad. Of course, you can still select your favourite wine from the more well-known wine regions, but with the amazing variety of local wines available, you’ll find that there is the perfect libation to compliment your meal or night out with friends.
Of course, you could also book yourself on a tour of one of the region’s vineyards which is the best way to taste all the available wines and the more unique flavours that you might not find elsewhere.
Wine connoisseurs will no doubt already have this date in their diaries, but if not, now is the time to do it! Every year, the UK celebrates English Wine Week at the end of May/ beginning of June. As this is usually the height of Britain’s good weather, it’s the perfect excuse for heading to Dorset to enjoy the landscape and of course, to enjoy the local wine.
If wine isn’t quite your thing, don’t worry, Dorset is also home to a number of other award-winning beverages from teas and coffees to ciders, beers and gins. Take a look at our list of drink producers to see what is available.