“It’s a long way from Clare to here” – wines of the Clare Valley, with John McDonnell at Hayfield Manor Hotel


Next up in the WineGeese series is a wonderful tasting with John McDonnell.


John is one of the legends of the Irish wine scene and has many years of experience in the wine trade, especially in relation to the wines of Australia.

John will talk about winemaking and winemakers in the Clare Valley in Australia and will give a guided tasting of six wines from this beautiful part of the world. John has a wonderful, engaging presentation style and is deeply passionate and knowledgeable about Australian wine so it promises to be a memorable tasting.


A super tasting deserves a super location and where better than the beautiful surroundings of Hayfield Manor.

Booking in advance is highly recommended as this event is expected to sell out very quickly.

Date : Wednesday 18th September 7pm

Venue : Hayfield Manor – Cost €15

Bookings : Contact Michelle Donovan. Events Manager.

Hayfield Manor. Phone (021) 484 5900


Retracing the footprints of Cork’s Wine Geese Families, with Ted Murphy


Ted Murphy, wine historian and author of ‘A Kingdom of Wine – The Story of Ireland’s Wine Geese’ will lead the walking tour, ‘retracing the footprints of Cork’s Wine Geese families’ – their connections in Cork – the street names, buildings and places, and people originally from Cork, connected with some of the famous wine families of the world.

Free event

Walking Tour

Starting point: The Port of Cork Building (inside reception area upstairs.)

Time: 3.30pm, Saturday 17th August 2013

To book places (free event, but advance booking advised) please contact the ‘Bringing the Wine Geese Home’ committee members – contact details https://bringingthewinegeesehome.com/contacts/

O Donovan Off Licence “The Return of The Wine Geese” Banquet



Bringing The Wine Geese Home

Gala Banquet at Flemings Restaurant, Cork City

Saturday 18th May 2013

7.30pm Drinks Reception


“The Return of The Wine Geese” Banquet will bring together wines with an Irish heritage from around the globe with wonderful food in the beautiful Flemings Restaurant.

You will taste wonderful wines from The McKenna Collection from Unduragga, Chateau de la Ligne, Chateau McCarthy, Chateau Bellevue La Forêt and Charmes de Magnol to name but a few!  Also served will be an aperitif from Pernod Ricard and a digestif from Hennessy Cognac.

There will wine drama from Susan Boyle who has wowed audiences with her Wine Geese Drama.

A night not to be missed!


Pate de Foie Gras

Pate of Foie Gras, served with its own jelly, Tossed leaf salad and melba toast


Conift de Voalille , wonton de Canard

Home smoked chicken ballotine and wonton of duck confit, Served with a compote of fresh orange


Paupiette de sole Limande

Paupiette of sole served with pink grapefruit , served with a light saffron sauce


Sorbet de champagne

Champagne sorbet served with passion fruit and a sweet balsamic glaze


Longe D’agneau roti

Roast Loin of Lamb, ragout of sweetbread and a light rosemary jus


Trio de Fromage

Tipperary mature Cashel Blue, West Cork Milleens, Cork Hegarty’s cheddar



Tart au Citron, vanilla ice-cream and marinated strawberries



Reservations can be made with O’Donovans Off Licence Head Office only and are €100 per person.

Tickets are limited to 4 per booking and must be pre-paid.

Contact Deirdre or Rose on 021-4296060 for details.

Little Beauty of Marlborough New Zealand WineGeese Tasting Thursday May 16th

Little Beauty Homeland_Summer 2May is a very busy month for WineGeese events and first up is a special tasting with Fleur McCree of Little Beauty, Marlborough, New Zealand

Fleur will retrace her family steps back to Cork in a presentation and tasting of her wines in association with Maurice O’Mahony of Wine Alliance.

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Fleur will talk about her beautiful vineyard in Marlborough and her wonderful Limited Edition wines

The following Limited Edition wines will be tasted on the night . . . . . .

  • Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • Little Beauty Riesling 2010
  • Little Beauty Pinot Gris 2010
  • Little Beauty Gewurztraminer 2009
  • Little Beauty Pinot Noir 2011

Fleur will also be bring along a very special wine thats made in minuscule quantities and is not even available for sale in Europe

Latitude 51 is the perfect venue for this special tasting and delicious canapés will be served on the night

Thursday May 16th. 7pm Cost: €12

Venue : Latitude 51

Please note : Places are very limited so booking is essential.  

The event is already virtually sold out 

Booking through Latitude 51

Phone : 021 2390219

Email : info@latitude51.ie

Twitter : @Latitude_51

A wonderful evening of wine and the winegeese story with Tomás Clancy


Tomás Clancy travelled the long journey from Dublin to the wine capital of Ireland and captivated the audience for over two hours with his wonderful telling of the history of Ireland’s WineGeese. It was a talk and tasting of two halves. The first half took place in the Crawford Art Gallery where guests tasted the following whites

  • L’Abeille de Fieuzal, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux 2009
  • Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2010


From there, we all headed a few yards down the road to the beautiful Cork Opera House where the tale continued and we tasted some lovely reds

  • Chateau De La Ligne, Bordeaux 2008
  • Chateau Leoville Barton, St-Julien, Bordeaux 2004
  • Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2003

The event was sold out completely with everyone getting into the spirit of the occasion. Tomás was such a superb speaker and it was obvious how incredibly knowledgeable he is on the history of the WineGeese and how much he loves the subject. His talk was captivating, educational, funny and effortless. He is such a natural speaker.


We were delighted that Ted Murphy could also join us on the night. Ted’s book “A Kingdom of Wine” is the definitive work on the history of the Irish in the world of wine.

Two of the guests on the night wrote wonderful articles on the evenings events so click on the links below to read them

Article by Billy Lyons

Article By Roz Crowley

The next WineGeese event takes place on Thursday the 16th of May in Latitude 51 where Fleur McCree of Little Beauty New Zealand will talk about and pour her fantastic range of single vineyard wines from Marlborough

Tomás Clancy Wines Revealed !


Well the much anticipated WineGeese event with Tomás Clancy is almost here and there are just a limited number of places available for this wonderful event on Thursday 25th April in the Crawford Art Gallery.

We are delighted to reveal details of the wines that Tomás has personally chosen to show and taste on the night

  • L’Abeille de Fieuzal 2009
  • Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2010
  • Chateau De La Ligne 2008
  • Chateau Leoville Barton 2004
  • A Mystery Wine – only revealed on the night !

So a fantastic, varied lineup of wines in addition to a wonderful talk by Tomás on the WineGeese and Ireland’s amazing contribution to the world of wine

Full details for bookings are available here

Seifried Wines at the Farmgate Café, English Market, Cork


Seifried Wines at Farmgate Café. English Market. Cork 

Thursday, March 21 at 7:00pm

As part of the “Bringing the Wine Geese Home” programme Farmgate Café, in association with Classic Drinks are delighted to welcome Anna Seifried of Seifried Wines, Nelson, New Zealand to guide us through a presentation and tasting of her wines, with a supper to match! The Seifried family have been making food-friendly award-winning wines since 1976, including rich full Chardonnays, fine Rieslings, zesty Sauvignon Blancs, warm Pinot Noirs and delicious dessert wines.

The Irish connection

Anna’s great grandfather, Thomas McCartney, was born in Donegal in 1857. In 1877, at the age of 20 he boarded the ‘Marlbourough’ leaving Ireland for New Zealand. Settling in the North Island he began farming, carried on by his children and grandchildren.
In 1973 Anna’s mother Agnes married Austrian born Hermann Seifried who shared a dream of making wines in New Zealand’s sunshine capital, Nelson. So, from very small and modest beginnings, Hermann and Agnes, grafting vines late into the night, began the now world famous Seifried Estate – a company devoted to sustainable winegrowing producing the very best wines Nelson has to offer. 136 years later Anna, great granddaughter of Thomas McCartney returns home for the Gathering to rekindle her Irish connection and to share her lively Sauvignon Blancs, warm plummy Pinot Noirs and intensely delicious dessert wines.

Early booking advised.
Tickets: €45 for supper, wine and talk
To book, please contact The Farmgate Cafe on 021 427 8134 or call into the Café