A real corker: Wicklow’s winery features on global travel bible’s ‘alternative Irish bucket-list’
The world’s most respected travel guide is pointing people in the direction of one of Wicklow’s more unusual, if not delicious, tourist attractions if they are in Ireland for an alternative experience.
The Lonely Planet this week published its ‘Alternative Irish bucket-list’ which it claimed would “challenge even the most well-travelled locals”.
Wicklow Way Wines made the list, possibly due to the publisher’s surprise at finding a winery in the Garden of Ireland.
The guide implores people to ‘Meet the Irish Winemakers”’ describing Ireland firstly as “rich with world-class craft brewing and distilling”.
The Lonely Planet expresses its delight that winemaking is now something to be enjoyed in Ireland and not just the traditional porter and whiskey.
“That’s changing thanks to producers like Wicklow Way Wines,” the guide says, “who use berries to create Móinéir (it means ‘meadows’), Irish raspberry, strawberry and blackberry wines, which are made in small batches and feature on the menus of Michelin-starred restaurants around the country.
“The small winery sits in the Wicklow hills and a personalised tour here takes in the wines’ production, fermentation (depending on the time of year) and bottling, followed by a tasting session where the wines are paired with chocolates or artisan Irish cheeses.”
Wicklow Way Wines can be found in Drake’s Way, close to Newtownmountkennedy.