The Orkney Wine Festival
We organise and host the Orkney Wine Festival, which has been taking place in early summer every year since 2007. It’s the UK’s only week-long wine festival, and has become a highlight of the year for lovers of good food and wine across the county – and beyond.
This year’s festival will be organised slightly differently from the past few, as it will take place over two consecutive weekends:
- Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May 2018
- Friday 18th May to Sunday 20th May 2018
Details of all events will be released in early April, and we’ll start taking bookings then too. To ensure you’ve the best possible chance of getting tickets, make sure you’re on our mailing list by emailing us at email@example.com
The festival always features a varied mixture of events. There are delicious menus specially devised to match the wines being poured; some of these are informal bistro-style meals, others more formal dinners (though nothing TOO formal.) There are also one or two mixed-media events: last year we combined a poetry reading with New Zealand wine, and we’ve had live music events more than once, from jazz guitar to Lone Star Swing. A special film-night with our friends at the West Side Cinema in Stromness, and the Strangely Delicious pop-up wine bar, is now a fixture. There’s always a wine fair with 50 or so wines to try for a flat entrance fee, and there are casual, free tastings in the shop too.
All of these events are attended – indeed, made possible – by leading winemakers, importers and experts from around the world. The festival is a unique opportunity to talk to these fascinating people, ask them about their wines, and hear their stories. It really is a wonderful chance to do more with wine than just drinking it!