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.
A new 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.
The 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, including Whispering Angel, Maison Williams Chase, Holden Manz and Sacha Lichine. This allows us to offer our customers wines which represent excellent value for money on wines which aren’t readily available throughout the UK.
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. Be sure to put him to the test when you visit our shop!
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. Expect to see a few new treats from Solms Delta arrive in April 2016, along with Morêson's range of Miss Molly wines.
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.