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Wicklow Way Wines

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Unit 8 Newtown Business & Enterprise Centre, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow,
E: pwalsh@wicklowwaywines.ie

Located in the Wicklow countryside, this is the only winery in Ireland where you will find handmade, berry wines. Take the tour and appreciate the tastes and aromas of the fleeting Irish summer, delicately captured in delicious, small-batch wines.

Wicklow Way Wines is continuing a long tradition of winemaking in Ireland. Books and laws describing Irish wines go back centuries. Traditionally wines were made in Ireland by harvesting the wild berries growing in the hedgerows and fermenting them with water to produce ‘country wines’. As berries are now more readily available in Ireland through the small berry farms scattered around the countryside it is now possible to create very high-quality wines. Working with local Irish farmers to source the berries, the antioxidant-rich, deeply coloured, powerfully fragrant juices of strawberries, blackberries, elderberries and raspberries are fermented, without the addition of water or other fruit juices, producing wines completely unique to Ireland.

The beautiful countryside can’t be taken for granted and Wicklow Way Wines works hard to make their wines as environmentally sustainable as possible. Working with the local farmers, composting the pomace into living food for the soil, harvesting rain water, and sourcing their electricity from the wind are some of the ways they care for the environment.

When you visit Wicklow Way Wines you’ll meet the owners, the same people who make the wines. You’ll hear how they first discovered fruit wines, and gradually learned how to make them, working to create wines from the berries that grow in the Irish countryside. You’ll hear about their passion to create Irish wines; wines made with the delicate but powerfully rich berries that produce them.

You’ll be shown around Ireland’s first fruit winery. You’ll see the production area where the limited edition, small-batch wines are produced and will experience the young wines, either being pressed or fermented or aged. You’ll see the vats where the wines mature, and the bottling and labelling area (the whole process from picking the berries to making the wines, to bottling and labelling is done by hand). You’ll have the opportunity to label your own bottle. You will then visit the tasting room, overlooking the vats, where you’ll taste two of the wines and experience the flavours, colours, aromas and qualities of Ireland’s fruit wines.