Organic and Natural Wine Festivals in the UK
Wine festivals are always worth visiting – the atmosphere is top-notch, the people are friendly, the wines are stunning, and there are plenty of treats and entertainment to top it all off. Wine festivals, just like good wines, come in all shapes and sizes. In recent years, the interest has shifted towards organic and natural wines. Plenty of wine festivals are paying extra attention to ensuring the festivals also cater for these audiences.
So, if you are interested in organic and natural wines, these are the festivals to attend in the UK in 2017.
Festival of Wine
Festival of Wine started out as an annual wine festival in Glasgow but you can now experience this celebratory event in London and Edinburgh as well. The festival has a huge number of wine retailers showcasing their produce and the day-long event also has classes to help you learn more about wine.
You will find wines of all types here but each festival will also feature a selection of organic and natural wines. The tickets for all three events are currently on sale.
When? The festival takes place 17 June in Glasgow, 14 October in London, and 4 November in Edinburgh.
The Oxford Wine Festival
If you are interested in the regional wines the UK has on offer, the Oxford Wine Festival is a great place to be. The two-day event will have a huge selection of award-winning wines, as well as rare wines to taste and explore. You also get to enjoy your wines along with great regional treats and live music.
One of the exhibitors to look forward to are Hay Wines, which has a selection of organic wines, and Torres, which has recently converted to using organic farming methods.
When? The event is happening on 8 and 9 September in Oxford.
For those looking for a wine festival with a twist, the Love Wine event in Birmingham is definitely worth exploring. The festival takes place in two sessions on a single day and you will get to taste wine, talk about wine, and learn about wine.
Love Wine features plenty of wine experts and you can even take classes to improve your wine knowledge. There are also plenty of artisan food producers available to ensure you don’t need to drink wine to an empty stomach.
The exhibitors feature great wine retailers that have a selection of wines available for you to taste. You definitely want to check out Rude Wines and Go Brazil.
When? The Love Wine festival is happening on 11 November in Birmingham.
The Wine Festival
You can also explore organic and natural wines in the gorgeous setting of Winchester Guildhall. The Wine Festival is a two-day event and a proper feast of wines. You get to explore the wines in the company of Susie and Peter, who are both known for their expertise in BBC’s Saturday Kitchen TV-show. Aside from wine, there are opportunities for taking master classes and exploring tasty food that goes well with your wines.
The organic wine producers at the event include the magnificent Oxney Organic Estate and Seresin Estate. Both are focused on organic farming methods and ensuring the wines have the purest taste possible. You’ll also want to check out the Olive Shop for great natural snacks to go with your wines.
When? The Wine Festival takes place on 24 and 25 November in Winchester.
The above festivals are still ahead of you this year, but there have already been a few organic and natural wine festivals in the UK and they are worth keeping in mind for later.
First, the Raw Wine fair in London is among the best festivals celebrating just organic and natural wine. This year, it was held in March and the success of the festival will guarantee it will return next year – so, keep your eyes open!
You’ll also want to keep your eyes open for the Real Wine Fair. The super popular festival will be back in the capital city in 2019. Again, it’s a great celebrating of organic and natural wines – worth visiting if you are a big fan of real-tasting wines.
How to enjoy organic and natural wines at home?
If you can’t make it to a wine festival, you can still enjoy good organic and natural wines. Wine clubs like Virgin Wines are adding organic wines to their collections and you can find artisan wines with specialist wine retailers like Naked Wines. Before you shop for organic wines online, find voucher codes from VoucherBin.co.uk and you can enjoy your wines at affordable prices.
When you do visit a wine festival, remember to write down the names of your preferred wines. This will ensure you can buy them later online with discount codes. It also ensures you have a great list of wines that are worth coming back to.
If you are looking for great organic and natural wine festivals, the above festivals are worth visiting in the UK this year. For more food and drinks festivals, visit the Food Festival Finder website and plan a tasty summer!