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Grape expectations: meet the Irish winemakers carrying on the tradition of the ‘Wine Geese’


The concept of Irish wine might sound like a joke but our winemakers have a long history of creating fine vintages — and some are doing it on Irish soil

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David Llewellyn runs a small family vineyard in Lusk, Co Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

David Llewellyn runs a small family vineyard in Lusk, Co Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

David Llewellyn runs a small family vineyard in Lusk, Co Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

Did you hear the one about one about the Ballyhaunis-based pharmacist who makes top-drawer Burgundy in her spare time? Or the North Dublin apple grower who can’t meet demand for his champagne-style bubbles?

The concept of Irish wine might sound like a joke, an oxymoron or a bit of a stretch of either ‘Irish’ or ‘wine’, but there are fine examples on our shelves today, whichever way you define it. ‘Wine’, of course, is a fermented drink made with fresh grapes. However, the term can also describe fruit wines, such as Wicklow’s Móinéir Straw-berry Wine, or honey wines like Kinsale Atlantic Dry Mead.


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