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Ashford Castle Launches ‘Meet the Makers’ Wine, Dine and Learn Series

Wine and dine with four of France’s leading winemakers and enjoy pairings with the wonderful food flavours of the West of Ireland – in association with James Miley of the Vineyard Wine Merchants

Ashford Castle has launched the first in a series of annual experiences for wine enthusiasts that combines wine tasting and excellent 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 magnificent Ashford estate, representing: 

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

After a leisurely 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 renowned 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 plenty of time to explore all that the Ashford estate has to offer and will return to drinks and canapés in the Castle’s 16th Century wine cellars followed by a six-course dinner in the historic Connaught Room. Packed with seasonal flair, the menu has been devised by Ashford Castle’s Executive Chef an advocate of local, seasonal produce, Philippe Farineau.

Meet the Makers is an event wine enthusiasts and explorers can look forward to year on year.

Ashford Castle’s wine cellars were originally used as the servants’ entrance, a coal bunker and underground walkway and have since been lovingly transformed. They now provide intimate private spaces where guests can enjoy wine tasting from the Castle’s expansive list of over 600 wines along with special dining experiences.

Prices for this exclusive Wine and Dining Experience start from €950* per person sharing.


Each morning, guests will enjoy Ashford Castle’s award-winning Irish Breakfast that includes its famous carved ham, porridge with a little drop of Irish whiskey, Irish smoked salmon with poached eggs and a selection of juices from the juice sommelier from the trolley.

* Experience starts from €1,900.00 per room per couple for Corrib Lake View Room. Subject to availability.


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