About the Oxford Wine Festival 2022
Do you just love wine?
Does that perfect glass of red send you to gastronomic heaven? Does a glass of chilled fizz make you positively sparkle? The Oxford Wine Festival helps you find fabulous wines in fun, relaxed and beautiful surroundings.
It brings together over 40 leading merchants and vineyards in one of Oxford’s most iconic buildings – the Oxford Union – for a celebration of everything great about the grape.
Forget anonymous supermarket aisles and playing roulette with your choice of wine bottles. Here you can chat with winemakers and merchants and discover your favourite styles and why you like them.
You’ll also sample wines you won’t find anywhere else – there’ll be hundreds of award-winning, rare, and unusual wines from over twenty-five countries.
Accompanied by live music, food, and tastings from the world’s foremost wine educators, it’s twice been listed in Decanter’s Top 10 Wine Festivals in the World.
The Oxford Wine Festival takes place in three sessions, each lasting four hours, as follows:
- Friday evening from 6.00pm to 10.00pm
- Saturday afternoon from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
- Saturday evening from 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Your ticket includes your first 11 wine samples, and further tasting vouchers can be purchased as needed.* Wines can be purchased by the glass or bottle when you find a wine that just hits the spot.
This is an over 18s only event. If there might be any doubt about your age, please bring a photo ID. Please note that toddlers, babies and buggies are not allowed on site.
*Additional vouchers are 10 for £5.00.
Walking from the train station.
Turn left out of the train station, walk past the Business School and continue straight up Hythe Bridge Street. Continue straight across the junction up George Street. Take the first turning on the right into New Inn Hall St (just past the International Relations and Politics faculty building). The first turning on the left is St Michael Street, and the Oxford Union is at the far end of the road on the right.
Walking from the main bus station (Gloucester Green).
Turn left out of the main entrance to the bus station and walk up George Street. The first turning on your right (just past the International Relations and Politics faculty and the cinema) is New Inn Hall St. Directions to the Union are as above.
Please note there is no public parking available at the venue. Information about car parking in Oxford can be found on the Oxford City Council website.
Please ensure you have a designated driver.
Friday evening session:
6.30pm: Mountain Wines Masterclass – Nancy Gilchrist MW (£10.00 supplement)
6.30pm: Discover Prosecco – Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster
7.00pm: A tour of my favourite UK vineyards – Ed Dallimore, author of The Vineyards of Britain (SOLD OUT)
Saturday afternoon session:
1.00pm: An introduction to Rioja – Jamie Smith, The Online Wine Tasting Club
1.30pm: Boutique Wines from Argentina – Mark Bradbury, Ruta 40
2.00pm: “Grapes you’ve never heard of, from countries you’ve never tried…” – Ben Franks, Novel Wines (SOLD OUT)
2.30pm: Unexpected New Zealand – John Shuckburgh, The Oxford Wine School (SOLD OUT)
Saturday evening session:
6.00pm: Great Wines of the Loire – Tim North, Joie de Vin (SOLD OUT)
6.30pm: Greece: How tradition and demand are paving a new era of wine making – Dr Maria Moutsou, Southern Wine Roads
7.00pm: Anything but Chardonnay: Cool varietals from cool US regions – Jennifer Williams-Bulkeley, Ally Wines (SOLD OUT)
7.30pm: Off Piste Italy – Emily Silva, The Oxford Wine School (SOLD OUT)
To attend a tutored tasting, you first need to have purchased your tickets to the relevant session. Then simply email Ihaveaquestion@oxfordwinefestival.org to reserve your place. All tutored tastings fill up well before the festival, so please reserve your places early to avoid disappointment.
Tutored tastings last for around an hour. Masterclasses last for approximately 90 minutes. All tastings are free unless specified. The tastings are relaxed and informal, and no prior wine knowledge is needed. To allow as many people to attend as possible, tutored tastings are limited to one per person.