Le Caveau’s Real Wine Month: April 2016

Tomorrow Monday 4th April will see Ireland’s foremost natural & biodynamic wine importer, Le Caveau, launch their third Real Wine Month.

I haven’t participated in the previous two, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this one goes. Knowing Le Caveau’s passion and commitment to this often-overlooked sector of the wine trade, however, I can’t but expect it to be excellent.

Here are the participating Irish outlets and at the bottom is the press release with further details – I’ll check back at the end of the month with a review…!

Ballymaloe House
Bradleys Off-Licence
Café Paradiso
Jacques Restaurant
L’Atitude 51 Wine Café
Mews Restaurant
Nash 19
Pilgrim’s Restaurant

County Louth
MacGuinness Wine Merchants
MaGee’s Bistro
McGeough’s Bar & Restaurant
The Windsor Bar & Restaurant

Avoca Foodhall
Baggot Street Wines
Blackrock Cellar
Brioche Restaurant
Catch 22
Cavern on Baggot Street
China Sichuan
Clontarf Wines
Donnybrook Fair, Baggot Street
Donnybrook Fair, Malahide
Donnybrook Fair, Stillorgan
Ely Wine Bar
Fallon & Byrne
Green Man Wines
La Cocotte Café
Liston’s Food Store
One Pico
Redmond’s of Ranelagh
Stanley’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Corkscrew

Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites

Anocht Restaurant
Le Caveau
The Grapevine
Zuni Restaurant

The Black Pig Wine Bar

Cliff House Hotel
Worldwide Wines


Press Release


Real Wine Month is an exciting, innovative promotion of artisan wines which have been produced sustainably by organic, biodynamic viticulture and low intervention (a.k.a. ‘natural’) winemaking. It is being run across Ireland and the United Kingdom by specialist importers Le Caveau (Ireland) and Les Caves de Pyrène (United Kingdom). 

From 4th-30th April, selected wines will be poured by the glass or featured on wine lists,  in tastings and themed events in over 200 restaurants, independent retailers and wine clubs across the U.K. and over 50 in Ireland. 

This, the third Real Wine Month in Ireland, is shaping up to be the best yet. From pubs, bars and bistros to Michelin-starred establishments, to independent retailers and wine clubs, we have seen increasing interest in the quality, authenticity and diversity of these small-scale, artisanal wines. 

Through participating restaurants and retailers, the promotion represents a great opportunity for wine-drinkers to taste and explore a diversity of wines that are not mass-distributed due to small-scale production, or indeed are in short supply due to global demand particularly from cities like New York, San Francisco, London and Paris.   

In the On-Trade 

Look out for Real Wine Month wine specials by the glass and carafe on blackboards, wine lists and table cards. Some restaurants and wine bars are also holding themed events and wine dinners

In the Off-Trade

Look out for posters and neck tags highlighting organic, biodynamic and natural wines in participating independent wine shops. Many are organising themed events and tasting evenings to highlight the wines. 

This is the third year that Le Caveau have brought this promotion to Ireland and it continues to go from strength to strength. This year, the company will host two separate tastings for press and trade which will focus on an ever-expanding portfolio of organic, biodynamic and natural wines (Drury Buildings, Dublin 2 on 12th April and L’Atitude 51, Cork on 14th April). 

Pascal Rossignol, Managing Director of Le Caveau points out that ” I believe that this promotion is important for the industry here in Ireland as it gives those restaurants and indie retailers who are focused on delivering interesting, authentic wines to their customers a rallying point, rather than focusing on wine as solely a vehicle for profit at any cost. Furthermore, our experience is that there is a cohort of wine-drinkers out there who are bored with wines that are well enough made, but simply taste like they were all made in the same place. Real Wine Month gives them a wonderful opportunity to find places where they can taste and explore an exciting and diverse range of wines to which they might not otherwise have easy access.” 

List of participants in Ireland
List of events in Ireland 
List of growers participating in portfolio tastings


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