The Story behind Móinéir Fruit Wines

Our story

Pamela Walsh and Brett Stephenson, founders.  Photo by Kinlan Photography.

Pamela Walsh and Brett Stephenson, founders.  Photo by Kinlan Photography.

Wicklow Way Wines is Ireland's first fruit winery, home to Móinéir Fine Irish Fruit Wine and the culmination of an adventure that has taken us on a meandering route that started in Ireland, then continued through the mountains of California before returning to Ireland, and taking root in the verdant meadows of County Wicklow.

Before we started our business we were involved in very different careers – Pamela was a senior executive with Airtricity, building windfarms to help reduce Ireland's dependence on imported fuels, and reduce energy-related carbon emissions. Brett was a professional audio engineer, working on commercials and films and with a diverse array of major musical performers such as U2, Van Morrison, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton and the San Francisco Opera. 

What we always shared, however, is genuine care for the environment and a deep appreciation for the natural foods of Ireland. We've been fascinated with growing food and exploring the unique flavours this island offers. We have made all kinds of unusual wild foods, including hawthorn berry syrup and elderberry jam, and even discovered how to make a palatable nettle, dandelion and mint smoothie! So for us it was a big step, but also a natural step to explore creating our own wines, and to make them as sustainable as possible. 

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