I was talking with a friend from Dublin (i live in Colorado, U.S.A) and he was telling me that Ireland produces some wine, and that they had good luck with it in recent years due to weather.
I’ve been looking to buy some, but can’t find any. I know Waterford has a vineyard in Cappoquin. But that’s about all I know.
If anyone can help me out, please email me.
You might have been given some blarney. I know a wine bar owner in Co. Cork and he said Ireland does not have vineyards; the climate is not suitable for grape-growing.
I asked the same thing when I was in Scotland a few years ago and was nearly laughed out of the wine shop. I was able to buy some Scottish fruit wine but nothing of the grape like you’re talking about.
West Waterford Vineyards
Phone:+353 58 54283
Situated in the fertile valley of the majestic River Blackwater, it comprises of 2000 vines at present, from which we produce pure Irish grape wine of the highest quality. We also produce a range of country wines.
The vineyard is located 1-1/2 miles (2km) from Cappoquin, just off the main Dungarvan road.
There are several vineyards in Ireland.
There is the one near Cappoquin which I think is run by a man called Pat McGrath.
There are two near Mallow one is owned by a local doctor and the other is at Longueville House (which has a long association/family connection with some French vineyard).
There is one near Kinsale previously owned by Thomas Walk but now under new ownership.
And there is a vineyard in north county Dublin, run my a Mr. Llewellyn.
All (with the exception of the Kinsale vineyard) produce white wine from German grape hybrids – i.e. not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, instead they have grape varieties like Madeleine Angevine, Reichenteiner or Muller-Thurgau.
Some years the weather just isn’t good enough to produce a harvest, some years it is. When they get a good year (one-in-five?) the results can be relatively good. The wine tends to be clean and crisp in taste with relatively short finish.
These vineyards don’t have commercial outlinets that I am aware of, there production is very small. To get the wine, you would need to make direct contact with them…..
Have just started to plant up a small vineyard in Kenmare, Co Kerry. I basically grow palms, exotics etc but have an interest in experimenting with the above. Any advice on what varieties to plant up or specific Kerry advice much appreciated.
I would be grateful if Mr Llewellyn in Dublin would contact me – I would like to ask his advice (or anyone else with knowledge re grape growing in Ireland)
I Just rang that Vineyard in Cappoquin and was told that they are not operational. So no wine.
I am the guy that prompted Tony’s posting and it would be great if someone could point me in the direction of an Irish Bottle of wine.
I am due to meet him shortly, so it would be great if anyone can help me buy a bottle.