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 :

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

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

Pop Up WineGeese Tasting with Hunter Wines on Wednesday 13th March in Isaacs Restaurant


Peter Macdonald of Hunter Wines in association with Michael Ryan of Isaacs Restaurant and Gilbeys will be hosting a pop up WineGeese wine tasting this Wednesday, the 13th of March.

Hunter’s was founded in 1983 by Jane Hunter and her late husband Ernie (from Belfast) and is one of the pioneers of Marlborough winemaking.

The Place :

Isaacs Restaurant.

48 MacCurtain Street, Cork

Tel : 021 4503805

The Time :

10.30am to 11.30am

Call in and say hello. Have a chat with Peter and taste some of his lovely wines from Marlborough, New Zealand.

Hunter Wines

Jane Hunter is known around the world as the First Lady of New Zealand Wine. 

As owner, viticulturist and managing director of Hunter’s Wines since 1987, Jane has lead the company to outstanding local and international success as one of New Zealand’s ground-breaking premium wine labels. Her philosophy has always been quality before quantity, ensuring Hunter’s distinctive wines are always medal winners and in demand by wine lovers around the world. Through Jane’s strong determination and that of the team at Hunter’s Wines headed by multi award winning Chief Winemaker, Gary Duke, ensures the consistently high quality of wines produced by Hunter’s Wines and has enhanced recognition of the winery as one of world standing. 

Family-owned and fiercely independent, Hunter’s Wines in Marlborough, New Zealand have won more than 130 gold medals and have a reputation for consistently producing the highest quality wines year after year. Hunter’s was founded in 1983 by Jane Hunter and her late husband Ernie (from Belfast) and is one of the pioneers of Marlborough winemaking.

Visit to Ballymaloe of Jean-Charles Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac, Bordeaux


Visit of Jean-Charles Cazes, of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux, and the Cazes Family Selection Wines, to the Grain Store, at Ballymaloe, Shanagary, Co. Cork on Sunday, 10th March 2013


The Grain Store, Ballymaloe, 6.30pm, Sunday 10th March €18

Wine tasting & presentation, by Jean Charles Cazes, showing a selection of different wines from the Cazes Family Selection wines, including Chateau Lynch-Bages. Advance booking strongly advised. Special rates also available for accommodation.

Picture of Jean Charles Cazes

We are delighted to be welcoming Jean-Charles to Ballymaloe, in association with Michael Barry and all the team at Barry & Fitzwilliam. Château Lynch-Bages, needs no introduction in Ireland – one of the best known, respected, collected and followed, of the ‘Irish Wine Geese’ Château of Bordeaux. Born in Bordeaux, Jean-Charles Cazes grew up in Pauillac in the heart of the family vineyards at Château Lynch Bages, and since 2006, taking over from his father, Jean-Michel Cazes, he has been in charge of all the family vineyards, in France and abroad.

the vineyard Chateau Lynch bages

Cazes Family Selection wines include Michel Lynch, Pauillac de Lynch Bages, Echo de Lynch Bages, Blanc de Lynch Bages, and of course Chateau Lynch-Bages, and also Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, in St-Estephe, Bordeaux,  and Chateau Villa-Bel Air, Graves, Bordeaux, as well as a wine in the Douro produced in association with  Quinta do Crasto, and also a wine produced in Australia in association with renowned Australian winemaker, Brian Croser, and Bollinger Champagne, a wine called Tapanappa. In association with Jean-Charles Cazes, and Michael Barry, and the team here at Ballymaloe, we will shortly be finalising the line-up of wines to be shown here, from the impressive selection of wines that Jean-Charles Cazes and his Family produce.


(The tasting and presentation in The Grain Store is followed by a wine dinner in the dining room in Ballymaloe House, with Jean Charles Cazes, showing a selection of wines from the Cazes Family Selection wines, including Chateau Lynch-Bages, at Ballymaloe House 8.30pm €95 **Please note, the dinner is now waitlisted–but please do leave details if you would like to be contacted in case there are cancellations (there are still places available for the presentation |& tasting in the Grain Store at 6.30pm) **)

Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Tel: 021 4652531

For bookings and further enquiries for this event at Ballymaloe, please contact Colm

We’re Bringing The WineGeese Home !


We’re bringing the WineGeese Home !

For such a small county whose climate is so totally unsuited to the production of wine, have you ever thought it odd that so many chateaux bear Irish names? Well, it’s no happy coincidence that Ireland, small and viticulturally-challenged as it is, has had an influence on the global wine trade that is nothing short of remarkable – many famous vineyards and wine-making practices today owe their success to the exploits of some of our wandering ancestors.

In association with The Gathering Ireland 2013, we will be hosting and organizing a series of “Meet the Wine Geese” events throughout 2013 with Wine Geese from across the globe flying home to meet wine (and history) enthusiasts and share their stories and wines – they talk, you taste!

Events are open to the public and information of upcoming events will be posted to The Gathering Ireland website along with details on how to purchase tickets.

Keep an eye out for updates!