Ashford Castle has launched the first in a series of annual experiences for wine enthusiasts that combines wine tasting and food with a rare opportunity to meet leading winemakers from the world’s top wine-making regions.

Meet the Makers will give guests access to exclusive insights and expertise together with some of the finest wines from the winemakers’ respective regions.

The first experience, priced from €950 per person, will welcome four top winemakers from France and will be enjoyed over the course of two days from 4-6 February 2022.

The two-night getaway gets underway with a reception followed by a private welcome dinner with the four winemakers at Cullen’s at the Cottage, on the grounds of the Ashford estate. The winemakers will represent:

  • Domaine Albert Mann, Alsace
  • Domaine Vincent Girardin, Burgundy
  • Chateau Pedesclaux – Pauillac, Bordeaux and
  • Domaine Bott, Rhone Valley

After a breakfast on day two, guests are invited to Ashford Castle’s private cinema to learn about the growing trend of biodynamic and organic wines specific to the winemakers’ vineyards and their experience working towards this. A light lunch will follow where the experts will offer first-hand insight on the effects of climate change on their vineyards in France.

Guests will then work up an appetite with time to explore the Ashford estate, and will return to drinks and canapés in the Castle’s 16th Century wine cellars followed by a six-course dinner in the Connaught Room. The menu has been devised by Ashford Castle’s Executive Chef an advocate of local, seasonal produce, Philippe Farineau.

For reservations email or call 094 954 6003.

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