Rest assured that all wines in our range have received a full and thorough taste testing and are certified as fit for purpose…
Museum Wines was started in 2003 by Alex and Gretchen Boon, having sucessfully introduced wine shops at the very popular Museum Inn in Farnham and The King John Inn in Tollard Royal, the company needed to expand due to the high demand and an evident gap in the local market. We now have retail locations in Tarrant Hinton and in Cranborne.
A purpose built wine shop was created in what was a dilapidated barn. The renovation won LABC North Dorset’s award for ʻBest Change of Use of an Existing Building’ in 2014.
No 8 Wine Shop has been beautifully designed with warm wood flooring and exposed brick walls. There’s even a cosy seating area and wood burner where customers can take refuge from the winter chill. During the summer the shop becomes a Wine Bar every Friday evening, offering a selection of wines by the glass at a fraction of pub prices. The wine list changes each week allowing customers to sample new wines we’ve discovered and enabling us to showcase our favourites.
We also host private tastings every couple of months, which have included tastings from Dorset based award winning Langham Wines, UK based distillery William Chase and Billecart-Salmon – one of the most prestigious champagne houses in the world.
The majority of the wines we stock are imported directly from the wineries or distilleries. This allows us to offer our customers wines which represent excellent value for money on wines which aren’t readily available throughout the UK. We like to say we can compete on price with wine warehouses whilst delivering the level of service you expect from a small independent business.
In March 2015, Alex and Gretchen asked Daniel Grigg to run the company on their behalf. They had a new project which needed their undivided attention, 10 Castle Street opened in December later that year. Daniel achieved a distinction in the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wine Tasting and Knowledge whilst working for Majestic Wine.
In October 2017 Daniel was made Managing Director of Museum Wines and now runs all aspects of the business, from loading the van for deliveries to scouring the globe for your new favourite wine… available exclusively from us, of course.
J Corey Evans joined the Museum Wines team in February 2018 to help with the demands of a growing business. He came to us fresh from his role as a Sommelier at Chewton Glen. But, before that he has held almost every position that the hospitality industry has to offer, most notably managing the wine shop/bar St Swithin’s Wine Shippers in London while studying for his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the WSET which he received just before starting with us. He is now running the new retail shop on the grounds of 10 Castle Street where he works closely with the team there to develop a comprehensive and value focused wine offering that is sure to turn some heads.
Museum Wines – Cranborne opened its doors in December of 2018 and is situated in the old stables just inside the entrance to the undeniably elegant grounds of the stately country house that is 10 Castle Street. Offering the same great value across the Museum Wines range, there’s sure to be something that you’ll love at a price you can enjoy. We offer bespoke tastings, focusing on anything from teaching the very basics of wine structure to the budding enthusiast to pairing wines to your favourite music. These events are available to book in advance, but you can always just show up anytime. We’ll always have something open to taste, but every Friday the Cranborne shop will be holding informal tastings until 8. So, show up when you can and start your weekend off right by finding a new favourite wine.
With all this great wine in two locations, you’ve got no excuse not to come for a visit, a chat and why not try something delicious while you’re here?
What We Do
Museum Wines hosts private wine tastings every couple of months, which have included tastings from Dorset based award winning Langham Wines, UK based distillery William Chase and Billecart-Salmon - one of the most prestigious champagne houses in the world.
Our love for South Africa is reflected in our range. Holden Manz has been a favourite for many years and was joined by Inverroche Fynbos Gins in October 2015 when we introduced this truly unique product to the UK market for the first time.
Our South African portfolio has continued to grow with the addition of wines from Moreson and Haut Espoir alongside Witkasteel and Rooikasteel, two own label wines within our Castle Street range. Keep an eye out for new additions with Aristea from Stellenbosch and Cape Town distillery A Mari on their way.
With more than 300 wines to choose from including entry level every day wines offering remarkable value, classics from Montrachet, Pauillac and Montalcino, as well a range of craft spirits which boasts more than 50 different Gins there's something for every enthusiast of indulgence. Local delicacies you can find here include Conker Dorset Gin, Black Cow vodka from Beaminster and Dorset brewed beers from Cerne Abbas Brewery and Gyle 59.