Want to become a wine aficionado, discover the secrets of local Bristol vineyards, learn about pairing food with your favourite plonk or swill, slosh, sip and spit like a pro with friends in aid of wine education? We've put together a list of the best wine tastings in Bristol to keep you watered all year round. Bottom's up!

Averys

Averys Wine Merchants have had a shop in Bristol since 1793 - last year they marked their 225th year of trading. Over the years the family has built its reputation as one of the UK’s most pioneering wine merchants, and shows no signs of slowing down with 5th generation Mimi Avery now at the helm. Wine tastings, wine-derful events and in-depth wine courses take place throughout the year - often in their historic vaulted cellars, for a unique quaffing experience.

Look out for collaborations with Bristol Film Festival, whose clever programming sees movies matched with Bristol settings. Last year Casablanca was screened at Avery’s Wine Cellars, along with wines associated with locations in the movie. You can also get to know your merlots from your malbecs by choosing course by grape, region, country and more - browse the events and book your tickets online.

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Pata Negra Wine Club

Following the success of their Sherry Clubs, this atmospheric Spanish wine and tapas bar in the heart of Bristol’s Old City is launching the Pata Negra Wine Club. Kicking off on 18 May with ‘Secret Spain’, in-house wine expert Ben Hunter will be introducing punters to a selection of red, white and sparkling lesser-known Spanish wines, accompanied by pintxos and light nibbles.

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro

If you like your wine accompanied by some tasty morsels, it's worth keeping an eye on Bristol City Centre's Hotel du Vin for their special wining and dining events. Coming up this year is a Spanish Wine Dinner (26 April), America and Canada Wine Dinner (4 July), Riesling Wine Dinner (16 August) and a French Classics Wine Dinner (11 October). All meals include an arrival drink with canapés and a three course meal paired with wines.

The Square Presents: Supper Club

The Square Supper Club offers an all-inclusive tasting evening with food and drink pairings based on a region. Next up, on 27 June at 6.30pm, it's Australia. Featuring five delicious dishes from their seasonal menus and five carefully chosen wine matches. There's also a Perrier Jouët Champagne reception, plus a tutored tasting from an expert. Get in quick for discounted tickets on launch tickets!

Thornbury Castle

This striking 16th century pile, now a luxury hotel, has an award-winning restaurant, excellent wine selection, expert sommeliers and even its own vineyard in the Tudor gardens. Culinary, cocktail and wine tasting events take place throughout the year. Book yourself a place to learn about some corking wine in exquisite Tudor surroundings. 

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Limeburn Hill Vineyard

Limeburn Hill Vineyard is the only biodynamic vineyard in the South West of England. Perched on a sunny south-facing slope at Chew Magna, just outside Bristol, around 1800 vines have been hand-planted, producing six varieties of grapes. All are certified as organic and biodynamic, meaning the wines have no added sulphites, use no filtering or fining, have no additives, contain no use of animal products and are all fermented with wild yeast from the vineyard. The growing and winemaking both follow the principles of biodynamic agriculture, a holistic system that sees the farm as a living organism, improves the fertility of the soil without chemicals, and works with the energy of the sun and moon to encourage healthy growth.

To treat your tastebuds to some of their vino, they run vineyard tours, tasting events and workshops on various dates (check their website), or you can seek them out at local festivals - upcoming ones include Bristol Food Connections (22 and 23 June 2019) and Eat Festival (10 August 2019, Portishead).

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Aldwick Estate

Aldwick Estate is a 300 acre family-run farm located beneath the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills. They offer 90-minute tours of their 11 acres of grape vines, so you can discover the history behind the largest vineyard in Somerset, learn about English viticulture and see the grapes from which their wine will be made...and judge the produce for yourself by sampling a few!

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Clifton Wine School

Clifton Wine School’s flagship course will turn you into an expert sommelier over eight weeks of masterclasses, which cover different regions of the wine world and feature over 50 wines. They also offer food and wine pairing events, including charcuterie, cheese and chocolate - a delicious and great way to meet fellow wine lovers, sip sip hooray!

The Clifton Cellars

The Clifton Cellars run an open wine tasting evening almost every month, where plonk novices can learn how to taste wine properly, find out what makes it so special and chow down on some cheese and biscuits as you glug (that’s an acceptable wine term, right?). Compare New and Old World wines, different grapes or specialised regions, try wines from specific countries or sample a little port or Champagne. Tickets sell out quickly though, so get in quick if you want tickets!

Cycle the City Wine Tasting Tour

Hop on a bike for a wine tasting tour around scenic Bristol, visiting handpicked venues and picturesque backdrops as you sip and sample your way around local award-winning wines. The tour follows flat, car-free routes, taking in some of Bristol’s most famous landmarks, with several stops for tastings (including a cheese-pairing at Britain’s best cheesemonger), served to you from the back of a bicycle.

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Bristol and Bath Wine School

Bristol Wine School’s classes take place at gastropub, the Kensington Arms in Redland, and offer a fun intro to wine tasting, tips on pairing cheese with wine and advice on buying good ol’ grape juice. Wine pupils taste each wine 'blind' in order to focus on flavour before re-tasting it with a carefully chosen artisan cheese.

The Veeno Company

This Italian wine cafe sits on Bristol’s Harbourside and serves great wines alongside authentic spuntini - platters of meats, cheeses and appetisers imported from Italian producers. The wines come Caruso & Minini, the family vineyard back in Sicily where the owners’ (who are brothers) great-grandfather Antonio planted the first vines. There are various wine tasting experiences available, ‘Moroder Wine Tasting’ lets you sample four family-produced wines and a sparkling rosé from the Marche region. In this truly special experience, you’ll enjoy four still wines and a glass of sparkling with spuntini and a homemade tiramisu to share. Or, go for the ‘Riserva’ Wine Tasting, featuring some of their premium wines.

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Bristol resident Ingrid Bates planted her vineyard in the Chew Valley back in 2008 and since 2012 has been creating and releasing Pinot noir rosé that has won countless awards and been recommended by some of the world’s top wine critics. Group visits are offered by appointment, where visitors can meet Ingrid, see the vines, taste a sample of the wine and take a peek at local artists’ studios.

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The Quadrant

You’ll find this characterful bar on Princess Victoria Street in Clifton, its arched windows full of punters sipping on fine wines by candlelight in the evenings always make it look incredibly inviting. As well as over 30 wines by the glass, they also offer their wine expertise to to wine novices or connoisseurs. Wine tasting groups take place in the cosy cellar, cater for between 10-30 people and can be tailored to suit.

Grape and Grind

These guys on Gloucester Road know a thing or two about grapes and host wine tasting evenings in the shop - a fun way to taste your way through eight wines. If you’re after a private tastings, they can also do that on request, either in your home or in the shop, just give them a call.

Wine tasting dates for your diary:

21 June : Midsummer Wine Festival at the Avon Valley Railway

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