The Dorset Wine Company is a quality focussed independent wine merchant based in the county town of Dorchester that supplies an eclectic and interesting selection of wines, spirits, beer and cigars through its retail shop in Poundbury.
Established in 2006 by Jonathan Charles, The Dorset Wine Company has built up a legion of loyal followers who appreciate that no nonsense advice and great wines needn’t cost the earth. With nearly 30 years’ experience in the wine trade, Jonathan has built up a host of valuable contacts and is passionate about the range of wines that are stocked and the small, dedicated producers that The Dorset Wine Company represents.
From our beautiful shop in the heart of Poundbury, Dorchester, our trained staff are on hand to offer down to earth advice on all aspects of buying and enjoying wine.
We know that shopping at a wine shop can be intimidating for some but we aim to make the experience as straightforward and pleasurable as possible. We stock a huge range of wine, champagne, spirits and dessert wines and are confident that we have something for everyone.
We are passionate about wine and love the stories and characters that we come across in our day to day business. A large proportion of the wines and Champagne that we sell are made from small, family owned wineries and growers who are just as passionate as us about what they do. Whether it is a Malbec from Mendoza, or Godello from Galicia, we always look for wine which is interesting, has a true sense of place and speaks not only of the grape variety that it’s made from but the area in which it is grown.
We stock an extensive range of Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wine with many of our producers sharing our ethos that to make great wine you must first start with healthy vineyards and vines. Not all producers are certified organic, (this can be expensive/onerous), but choose to produce their wine and Champagne along organic, biodynamic or sustainable principles.
We like to feel that we have a wine for every occasion and a wine for every budget, whether it is a special gift for a birthday or anniversary, or something fruity and easy drinking to wash down a mid-week pasta. We are always happy to discuss the wines that we stock and to offer advice to match them to your needs.
We are also licensed to sell wine and spirits for consumption on the premises and offer a regularly changing list of interesting wines by the glass to suit all budgets.
Please note that we are currently only operating as a wine shop - We hope to resume serving wine by the glass soon.
Do call in to see us if you are in the area – there’s ample free parking right on our doorstep making it just as easy to pop in for a quick bottle or stay much longer for a drink or a good browse around the shelves.
2008 colheita tawny, niepoort, douro valley
A brick-red appearance with some light orange tinges leads into a fine slightly smokey aroma with hints of dried fruits. The palate is refreshing, with wonderful acidity and hints of dried apricots and crystallised fruit, leading to a lengthy mellow spirit driven finish.
£45.00Add to basket
10 year old verdeldo reserva velha, barbeito, madeira
The 10 Year Old Verdeldo Reserva Velha is a delicious example of it's type, the wine is an enticing, clear bright, light gold colour. The nose offers citrus notes mixed with floral and honey notes which leads to a palate that is soft, well-balanced and persistent. One to savour!
£40.00Add to basket
2016 extra brut, d’urberville vineyard, dorset
Perfectly sited on protected, south-facing, chalk soils, the D'Urberville vineyard produces perfectly ripe grapes for exuberant, fruit led English sparkling wines. We are proud to represent them and love the fact that it is less than a mile from the shop as the crow flies. Zesty, fresh and very easy drinking this is a great aperitif style of English fizz.
£26.99Add to basket
2019 vinhas velhas, luis pato, bairrada
Luís Pato has been making wine here since 1980, ten years after his father became the first producer to estate bottle wines after the Bairrada DOC was granted. A stalwart of the region and local hero, Luis Pato has produced a consistently wonderful white from the traditional Bairrada white varieties of Bical, Cercial and Sercialinho from vines with an average age of 40 years old. Stainless steel fermentation produces arefreshing white with Pear, Apple and white flower aromatics which carry through to the palate and are underpinned by a nutty, almond complexity. Mix in a saline edge to the crisp, balanced acidity and you are left with a wonderful white which is evocative of the region.
£16.99Add to basket
2019 romitorio toscana 75cl
Castello Romitorio is situated in a wild part of Montalcino with a microclimate of less sunny slopes and cooler average temperatures than the rest of the region. The vineyards circle the Castle, on slopes which run parallel to the slopes of Montalcino.
£22.95Add to basket
2021 funkstille gruner veltliner, neiderosterreich
The Funkstille Gruner Veltliner has subtle exotic hints, ripe pear and fresh citrus flavours. Dry, but not bone dry, with complex flavours. The palate is rich with flavours of melon and grapefruit with a refreshing, zippy finish.
£10.95Add to basket
2020 sancerre croq caillotte, domaine emile balland
This tiny 6.5 hectare domaine in the Loire was started by Emile Balland in 1999. The Ballands have been making wines in the Loire since 1650 and his father was instrumental in achieving recognition for the young AOC Coteaux du Giennois in the 1980s.
£23.99Out of Stock
nv cremant du jura ‘cuvee bethanie’, fruitiere vinicole arbois
One of our best selling sparkling wines, this stunning Cremant is given added complexity by the addition of 2cl of Vin Jaune at dosage. The result adds a rich, nutty and savoury edge to what is otherwise traditional method 100% Chardonnay, which tasted blind could pass for an aged Champagne. Not everyone's cup of tea but certainly popular and curious enough to keep customers coming back for more!
£19.99Add to basket