Wine Festival Winchester is a chance for everyone (no matter how much or little you know) to enjoy a feast of fabulous wines in the company of Susie & Peter, Masters of Wine and TV presenters. Get a flavour of the festival via these words and pictures or these short videos.
WINE TO TASTE
The festival features hundreds of delicious wines which all visitors can sample for free, from brilliant English wine producers to prestigious global brands via local wine shops and a wide range of quality wine suppliers. We’ll be announcing our 2020 exhibitors soon but in the meantime you can view our list of 2019 Exhibitors. We have a nifty colour-coded system called Follow Your Taste in place to suggest wines to suit your personal preferences as well as an app along the same lines.
Exclusive festival discounts mean that you can not only find the perfect bottles for the festive period (and beyond) but also save money in the process. Only those attending the festival will have access to these discounts, so the outlay on the ticket can prove a wise investment! Every visitor will also get a free wine glass and wine bag to take away with them.
Susie & Peter will be on hand to chat, help recommend wines and be your hosts and guides. There will also be delicious masterclasses featuring plenty of wine plus other delightful morsels. Tickets for masterclasses are booked in addition to your main entrance ticket. They will be announced in due course – as ever, subscribers to our newsletter (below) are the first to know about these, and they do sell out very quickly.
FOOD, FREEBIES & OTHER TITBITS
The festival is all about enjoying wine and making new discoveries in a fun and friendly atmosphere amid the stunning surroundings of Winchester’s neo-Gothic Guildhall. There’ll be music, freebies for every visitor and a delightful range of local food. Not only that but we will be putting together a fabulous prize draw to benefit a local charity, for which you can buy tickets on the day.
In 2019 we were delighted to be supporting Rose Road, which provides much-needed emergency respite care for profoundly disabled children and young adults across Hampshire. To date, the festival has raised around £16,500 for local charities. We run a prize draw at the event, all funds from which go to our nominated charity, and in 2019 we had our biggest prize line-up ever courtesy of very generous donors.
Not only one of the UK’s most beautiful and historic cities, Winchester is also fast becoming a national gastronomic capital. A broad and exciting range of local wine producers and merchants complement the UK’s largest farmers’ market and a host of excellent restaurants and food suppliers. The festival also coincides with what is now one of the UK’s most iconic Christmas Markets, making this the ideal chance to stock up in time for the festivities. ‘A beautiful festival in a beautiful city’ is how one person summed it up.