AN Oireachtas-branded wine has sold out since going on sale in Leinster House earlier this month.
The majority of the approximately 440 bottles were bought by visitors as Christmas presents, a spokesman revealed.
Thirsty politicians and their guests were given |the opportunity buy either |a bottle of Merlot or a bottle |of Sauvignon Blanc from |both the Dail bar and the restaurant for €21.
The wine was also on sale in a gift bag during the run-up to Christmas for a reduced price of €15.
And those willing to splash out a bit more could purchase a mixed case of 12 bottles for €140.
The Dail wine was such |a big hit with customers, Oireachtas authorities ran out of stock sooner than |they had anticipated.
“The Oireachtas restaurant has availed of a service (at no extra cost) provided by the suppliers of the restaurant house wine |to replace the label on our existing house wine to one tailored for the Houses of the Oireachtas,” a spokesman told the Herald.
“The wine is the same but has a Houses of the Oireachtas label. This is a common enough practice in the restaurant industry.
“The wine has been on sale for a few weeks now and approximately 440 bottles have been sold between the restaurant and bar.
“Most of them have been bought by visitors to the House for use as gifts.”