last year's Oxford Wine Festival

Organisers of the city’s annual wine festival were determined that we would still celebrate the joys of wine this September.

So, from September 1-30, the Oxford Wine Festival will be hosting “30 Days of Wine,” including competitions and wine giveaways, virtual tastings, and discounts on hundreds of unusual and award-winning wines.

“With restrictions still affecting pubs and wine bars, many wine lovers are cracking open a bottle of wine at home instead,” explained Chris Bowling, the founder of the festival.

“nothing will compare to the experience of a live festival, but we can still spread some joy among the wine lovers of Oxford”

“As always, we wanted to help them discover new wines in a fun way, as well as to mark the dates when this year’s festival would have taken place.”

“We want to inject some excitement into wine drinking at home.”

Since its establishment in 2014, the Oxford Wine Festival has grown to become one of the city’s most popular events, attracting over 2000 wine lovers from across Oxfordshire, the UK, and overseas. 

“We have a really loyal and passionate group of followers, who enjoy the chance each year to explore wines that they wouldn’t be able to find in high streets and in the supermarket,” Chris explained.

last year’s Oxford Wine Festival

“When it became clear in June that the live festival wouldn’t be able to take place we made the decision to provide some of the same opportunities online.

“Sadly, nothing will compare to the experience of a live festival, but we still think we can spread some of that joy among the wine lovers of Oxford.”

As part of the 30 Days of Wine celebration, the festival organisers have arranged discounts with many of the exhibitors who would have attended this year’s event. 

“We want to inject some excitement into wine drinking at home”

“We have over 15 wine merchants and vineyards taking part,” Chris said, “including specialists from the major wine producing regions, and lesser known countries like Brazil, Slovenia, and Georgia.”

The organisers will also be running regular competitions on social media.

last year’s Oxford Wine Festival

“Once again, our exhibitors have been massively supportive, and as a result we have all sorts of amazing wines to give away, from a magnum of award-winning rose from local winery Stanlake Park, to cases of classic wines from France and Italy, top of the range Malbecs from Argentina and some really unusual wines from countries that people might not even know produced wine.”  

Competitions and offers will be running throughout September. To join in, explore, or top up your wine cellar with something truly unusual, head to the festival’s social media pages for more information: