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Top Tips For Making The Most Of The Wine Festival

We want you to enjoy your O'Briens Wine Festival experience, as you meet fellow wine lovers, discover new wines and revisit some old favourites. Here’s our quick guide to getting the best out of the festival in a fun and safe manner. (Don't have a ticket? You can get them here!) 

For the best experience, take a moment to browse your brochure and plan your route.

Our top tip is to pick out a wine style you’re interested in - that way, you can explore lots of wines of that type. You'll find the full brochure below. 

This year, there are 480 free mini masterclass places at the festival.

Each one is 20 minutes long and there will be two wines to taste. Due to demand, they will be offered strictly on a first-come-first-served basis. If you're keen to attend one, we'd suggest signing up when you arrive.

Your Tipperary Crystal glass is yours to use through the day.

Use the rinsing station and water jugs to rinse your complimentary glass in between wines and to stay hydrated. We’ll provide a bag at the end for you to bring it home safely.

The goal is to taste, not to drink.

As this is a tasting event our wineries will only pour tasting measures. We have spittoons at either end of every table so please don’t forget to use them – or feel awkward about doing so! Spitting will help you better enjoy the wine tasting and to taste more wines.

Please ensure you eat before you arrive at the RDS.

However, if you do need to slip out for food, there are a number of dining options near the RDS. We can of course provide a pass for you to re-enter the festival. (Food and snacks are not permitted inside the venue.)

Don’t hesitate to approach any member of the O’Briens team if you need assistance.

The O’Briens store and head office teams are on hand all weekend to help and guide you through our wines. Please avail of their help as there is nothing our team enjoys more than chatting about wine!

READ MORE:  What To Expect At The O’Briens Wine Festival