As our spring wine fair in now just a little over five weeks away, we all getting very excited about it here in the office.
With fifty-seven wineries visiting Dublin on Friday & Saturday May 5th & 6th, this will be our biggest fair yet and I firmly believe it will also be best we have held.
Of course, we have plenty of our favourite wineries returning to fair, many of them regular visitors, but we also have several first-time attendees, and also new this year on Thursday May 4th, we will be taking our fair west to Limerick for the very first time.
So to be sure not to miss out, drop into to your local store or follow this link to purchase tickets online, all proceeds from the ticket sales go towards our charity partners, the Cancer Clinical Research Trust, Cystic Fibrosis and the Milford Care Centre.
To whet your appetite, I have picked out below just a few of those first-time attendees who will be flying in for the weekend.
Germain Croisille, is the winemaker at Cahors’ Château les Croisille, which his parents Bernard and Cécile founded in 1979. Working with 30 and 35-year-old vines organically-grown on calcareous clay terraces and with an excellent understanding of the sensitive use of oak in the winery, he is producing thoroughly modern and food-friendly Malbecs, marked out by their freshness, acidity and minerality.
Lorenzo Marotti Campi’s family estate is situated near Morro d'Alba, an ancient village North of Jesi which is developed around it's castle walls rising above the hills facing the sea in the province of Ancona.
Their vineyards are located in the centre of the DOC zone of the Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico. Here, for over a century, Lorenzo’s family have owned land, which over the years has been transformed into a wine-growing business with around 52 hectares of vines and a thoroughly modern winery.
The De Alberto Winery is located an historic old farmhouse founded by the Dominicans in the 17th century, and as Impressive as that farmhouse is, it is the labyrinthine underground cellars that will take your breath away, these 350-year-old barrel vaults extend to more than 1km in length!
The vineyards are at the heart of the Rueda DO, and working with the local Verdejo variety, the De Alberto team produce incredibly crisp, refreshing and elegant white wines.