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We are an independent wine merchant based in Dorchester, supplying an eclectic and interesting selection of wines, spirits, beers and cigars.

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.

Good old-fashioned service is at the heart of what we do at The Dorset Wine Company.

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.

Jonny at Dorset Wine

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 hope to be back running tasting and events as soon as we can – so sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with our latest announcements.

More than a Wine shop

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.

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Staff Picks

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2008 colheita tawny, niepoort, douro valley

Douro Blend

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.


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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!


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2016 extra brut, d’urberville vineyard, dorset

Champagne Blend

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.


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2019 vinhas velhas, luis pato,dao & bairrada


The Vinhas Velhas, Luis Pato goes through stainless steel fermentation which produces a refreshing 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.


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2019 romitorio, castello romitorio, igt toscana

Petit Verdot

The Romitorio is a bold super Tuscan that perfectly illustrates that French varietals can thrive in Tuscany and give exceptional quality, whilst retaining an undeniably Tuscan character.  This elegant blend of Syrah and Petit Verdot is well-structured and fruit forward showing morello cherry and plum characters integrated with vanilla and mocha and fine grained tannins.


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2021 funkstille gruner veltliner, neiderosterreich

Gruner Veltliner

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.


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2021 sancerre croq caillotte, domaine emile balland

Sauvignon Blanc

The Sancerre Croq Caillotte is a classic example of how it pays dividends to seek out the smaller growers, as this is a top notch, characterful Sancerre showing citrus and apple fruit, perfectly poised minerality and mouth-watering acidity.  Classy and offers terrific value for money. 


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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!


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