Irish Wines from our Winery in Wicklow

Lovingly crafted by hand, Móinéir Wines are luxurious, small batch, artisan wines made from 100% Irish berries, in beautiful county Wicklow, just south of Dublin

Inspired by the fertile countryside of Ireland, Móinéir is the Irish word for ‘meadows’, where we picked the berries for our first wines. Made in small batches at our County Wicklow winery, entirely from local Irish berries, our wines offer tantalising aromas, flavours and colours, and are a unique way to savour a little of Ireland’s rich bounty.

Móinéir Irish Raspberry Wine

Launched at Bloom in the Phoenix Park in June 2018 our Raspberry Wine, handmade in the lush, green countryside of County Wicklow, was created from raspberries grown in Ireland's fertile meadows. The purity and intensity of the flavours and aromas of the berries are reflected in the light-bodied, fine, off-dry style of the wine, capturing a rare taste of the fleeting Irish summer. 

Perfect as a gift or as a wine for special occasions, it pairs beautifully with a range of dishes.

Buy from selected stockists in Ireland or from our online store.

  • ABV 10%.

  • Low in Sulphites

  • Suitable for Vegans

 

Móinéir Irish Strawberry Wine

Our flagship Strawberry Wine is created from hand-picked Irish strawberries,  with around one hundred and fifty small strawberries in each bottle, gently pressed to yield their juices, then carefully fermented over a number of weeks, and aged to a golden-red hue. This artisan wine is handcrafted in small batches in the Garden of Ireland.

Dancing with the aromas of summer, the taste is complex and alluring on the palate, while a hint of sweetness gives way to full-bodied flavour, which tapers to a crisp finish.

Pairing well with the light, fresh meals of summer, it is also delicious as an aperitif.

Buy from selected stockists in Ireland or from our online store.

  • ABV 11%.

  • Low in Sulphites

  • Suitable for Vegans

 

Móinéir Irish Blackberry Wine

Released in October 2016 our blackberry wine with wild elderberries deliciously captures the flavours of late summer and autumn.

Elderberries are a native Irish plant, growing happily in meadows and hedgerows and often inhabiting areas that are quite inaccessible. The wild elderberries in this wine were painstakingly foraged around the Wicklow Mountains during autumn 2015, then blended with luscious Irish blackberries to create this delicious wine. With real depth of fruit flavour we have captured the moment when the Irish summer turns to autumn.

Perfect as a gift or as a wine for special occasions, it pairs beautifully with red meats and cheeses.

  • ABV 11%.

  • Low in Sulphites

  • Suitable for Vegans

 

Winery Tour and Wine Tasting Experience, hosted by the Winemaker

Located just south of Dublin in the Wicklow hills

Click on any of the photos in this section to link directly to the tour booking page.

 
Testing the wine

Testing the wine

About the tour

Set in the beautiful Wicklow hills, just 15 minutes from South Dublin, you’ll find our small winery hidden among other artisan businesses on the outskirts of Newtownmountkennedy.

If you’re interested in the magic of winemaking, the beautiful environment that grows our food, meeting your artisan producers, and even music - this is the place for you.

Our wines have been described by wine critics, top sommeliers, and Michelin star chefs as ‘stunning’, ‘beautifully crafted’, ‘pleasantly complex’ and ‘surprising and sophisticated’, and appear on the menus of some of Ireland’s Michelin star restaurants and luxury destinations.

Winery Tour

When you visit you’ll be welcomed by either Brett or Pamela, the founders and winemakers at Wicklow Way Wines, and we’ll guide you on your personalised tour around the winery. (Please note you’ll be visiting a working winery where the wine is made, rather than a vineyard or farm).

As shown on Neven’s Irish Food Trails you’ll see where the wines are made, learn a little about how they’re made, and understand the care that goes into making small batches of these rare and unique wines, hand crafted from locally grown strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Depending on the time of year you may see a fermentation underway, and experience the fabulous colours, amazing aromas and surprising sounds of the fermenting berry juices.

You’ll learn what happens in the year between the initial fermentation of the juices and the bottling of the finished wines. We’ll show you how each bottle of wine is handmade and then individually hand bottled, corked and labelled. And then finally each individual bottle receives its own unique, hand written number, reflecting the small batch from which it came.

Brett on tour…

Brett on tour…

That’s what it’s all about!

That’s what it’s all about!

Wine Tasting

After the tour we’ll bring you to the tasting room, overlooking the vats where you’ll taste our award wining wines, which are Móinéir Irish Strawberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Wine.

As an extra treat the tasting will include a pairing with two Irish cheeses and chocolate (vegan options available on request), chosen for their high quality, wonderful flavours, and because they pair so well with our wines.

We also have a small shop and if you like what we do we’d love you to pick up a gift for yourself or your family and help us spread the word!

Book Here: So, if you’re ready to book please click here and you’ll be brought to our ticket purchasing page where you can purchase your ticket and book your tour to secure your place.

If you received a ticket as a gift or previously purchased it on our website, or at a market, please contact us at [email protected] to arrange your tour.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Reviews

Here are a few of the things said about our wines - thanks to everyone for the kind remarks. Below you’ll find comments from Michelin star chefs, wine critics, sommeliers, bloggers and even a prince!

 
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JP McMahon, founder and chef at Aniar (Michelin star restaurant), founder of Food On The Edge, food correspondent for The Irish Times, to name a few…

JP has been serving our blackberry wine on his tasting menus since around the time it launched, and has this to say….

‘Wicklow Way Wines offer a quintessential taste of Ireland. Fruit forward yet pleasantly complex. I love serving them at Aniar.’

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Neven Maguire, owner and chef at the award winning MacNean House, host of Neven’s Irish Food Trails (RTE1) and lots more…

Neven came to see us in Wicklow and recorded a clip for his TV show. Neven’s Irish Food Trails. You can watch the clip here. Neven also serves our wines in his fabulous MacNean House and had this to say…

‘We have it on the tasting menu in our restaurant and the reaction from our customers is, they are surprised and they love it’

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John Wilson, wine correspondent for The Irish Times and The Today Show with Maura and Daithi, author of Wilson On Wine

John visited our winery and we showed him what we do. He has written about our wines in the Irish Times and also recommended them on ‘The Today Show with Maura and Daithi ‘ for Christmas Dinner. Here are some of his comments…

Irish Times July 2016: ‘Summer in a glass – lovely ripe juicy strawberry fruits and a rounded clean finish.’

Irish Times January 2019: ‘Fragrant aromas of red cherries and black fruits; concentrated cassis and blackberries with good acidity and excellent length. Very moreish, attractive wine.’

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Media 

Since the very successful launch of Móinéir, at Bloom in the Phoenix Park, in June 2016 we have received fantastic publicity and endorsements from food and wine experts, critics and the media, along with a great response from the public. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported us so far!

Here is some of the coverage we've received to date...

Bloom 2016 - Launch of Móinéir

John Wilson, Irish Times Wine Correspondent, Julie Dupouy, Sommelier at The Greenhouse, Ed Jolliffe, Sommelier at Chapter One, Neven Maguire, MacNean House, Neven's Irish Food Trails, RTE1

 

Newspapers, Radio and TV

Nature - how we care for the Environment

We are proud to be a Verified Member of Bord Bia's Origin Green, Ireland’s world-pioneering programme of commitment to sustainable food and drink production.

With our lifelong and personal commitment to the environment sustainability is close to our hearts and we carry this concept throughout our production process. Our fruit is either foraged or selected exclusively from Bord Bia-approved growers, and the fruit pulp that remains after the berries are pressed is broken down into microbially-rich compost, used for food production.  Learn more..

 

The Story behind Móinéir

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. 

Learn more....