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The Veneto Renaissance Masterclass – Trade and Press

Masterclass: ‘The Veneto Renaissance’

Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 3pm to 5pm

Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place, Dublin 2

Trade & Press only, places limited

Angiolino Maule  Filippo Filippi  Dario Poddana

Veneto Renaissance with Francesco Maule, Filippo Filippi & Dario Poddana

The Veneto is more often associated as a reliable, if slightly unexciting source of oceans of quaffable Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Soave and Valpolicella that are must-lists in most restaurants. Producers of more terroir-expressive wines work quietly in the background of the fine wine scene in Italy, with Piedmont and Tuscany taking the glamour of being primarily fine wine producing regions. However this perception is slowly changing by the superb wines produced by growers like Filippi, Maule, and Terre di Pietra.
This masterclass will explore the wines of these growers and will offer interesting insights into volcanic wines from Soave and Gambellara.
La Biancara, in Gambellara was founded by Angiolino Maule and his wife Rosamaria at the end of the 1980s as an expression of their vision that wine should be a faithful expression of the land.
In their philosophy, terroir and vines are central – chemical interventions in the vineyard and cantina are neither needed nor welcome. They work with nature’s cycles and the land itself, acting as facilitators of the vintage, neither correcting, adding, nor subtracting in order to produce a healthful and digestible wine.
Angiolino Maule‘s life’s work has been to try to understand the possibilities of making the best possible wines in a ‘natural’, minimally interventionist way and in 2006, he founded VinNatur http://www.vinnatur.org as an association to help the exchange of knowledge and information between like-minded producers.  There are now 170 small growers across 9 countries who are members, all exchewing the use of chemical additions or manipulations and who strive to defend the integrity of their land and patrimony, respecting the history, culture and art that has been passed down from previous generations, drawing inspiration from  a strong ecological ethos. http://www.angiolinomaule.com/vinnatur/
Often dubbed ‘the godfather of natural wine in Italy’, it is impossible to overstate the importance of Angiolino Maule’s place in developing the ethos of minimal intervention wines in Italy.
Filippo Filippi is the owner and winemaker at his eponymous estate in Soave, and we are privileged to have him come in for a flying visit to do this masterclass, especially in the middle of the harvest season. Filippi’s vineyards are situated at the very highest points in the Soave appellation on mainly volcanic soils. His wines are considered among the top Soave and are in a style very much of their own which doesnt try to fit the DOC mold. Linear, mineral, smoky wines that are a faithful expression of their volcanic terroir. They can need time to open up, becoming textured and mouth filling with air and/or bottle age.
Dario Poddana is Italian Wine Buyer for Les Caves de Pyrene and has an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge about Italian wines and the natural wine world. He will introduce the wonderful colfóndo Proseccos  of Casa Belfi di Albino Armani and Maurizio Donadi as well as the Valpolicellae of Terra di Pietra.
This promises to be a fascinating tasting and not to be missed – be sure to reserve your spot early.

3 Awards to ring in the New Year

What a start of the New Year,

We were delighted to receive a very touching accolade from John and Sally McKenna on New Year’s Eve: ‘Wine Person of the Year’ in their Megabytes Yearly Awards:

Wine person of the Year – Pascal Rossignol
Ten years ago, when Pascal Rossignol first began to introduce natural wines, via his shop and wine company Le Caveau, people scoffed.
No one’s scoffing now. Thanks to the patient advocacy of Mr Rossignol and his partner, Colm McCan, we are well on the way to creating a wine world where natural is normal, and where industrialised wines are seen as the over-chemicalised concoctions that they are. The Le Caveau wines are superb, and there is no better advocate for the cause than Pascal. lecaveau.ie



Then, on New Year’s day, Tomas Clancy published his Sunday Business Post Wine Awards, in which we retained our ‘Fine Wine Merchants Nationwide of the Year’ as well as ‘Burgundy Specialist of the Year’

‘Meanwhile fending off the annual competition from powerhouse Greenacres in Wexford, the other regular winner of the national award is Pascal Rossignol of Le Caveau, now ably abetted by Colm McCan and the rest of Le Caveau Crew.

Here the hugely strong base of French wines is now joined by the very best of the cutting edge natural and orange wine world.

Le Caveau’s influence as a wine shop and as an importer continues to be profoundly influential on the Irish Market and open-hearted wine consumers.’

Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post Wine Awards

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Happy New Year 2017 to all our Customers and Friends from a very happy crew at Le Caveau!

Christmas 2016 Opening Hours (Shop and Wholesale)

December 2016 special opening times – Le Caveau Kilkenny (Wine Shop)

Sunday 11th December            Closed

Monday 12th December          Closed
Tuesday 13th December          10.30 to 6.00 pm
Wednesday 14th December    10.30 to 6.00 pm
Thursday 15th December        10.30 to 7.30 pm
Friday 16th December             10.30 to 7.30 pm
Saturday 17th December        10.30 to 6.00 pm
Sunday 18th December          12.30 to 6.00 pm

Monday 19th December         10.30 to 6.00 pm
Tuesday 20th December        10.30 to 6.00 pm
Wednesday 21st December    10.30 to 7.00 pm
Thursday 22nd December      10.30 to 8.00 pm
Friday 23rd Devcember           10.30 to 8.00 pm
Saturday 24th December        10.30 to 4.30 pm
Christmas Day                            Closed

Monday 26th December         Closed
Tuesday 27th December         Closed
Wednesday 28th December   Closed
Thursday 29th December       Closed

Friday 30th December            10.30 to 6.00 pm

Saturday 31st December         10.30 to 3.30 pm

Le Caveau (wine shop) will close for annual holidays on New Year’s Day
and will re-open on Tuesday 10th January 2017


Website – lecaveau.ie – Last order for delivery before Christmas Wednesday 21st December 12 noon

(orders placed after this time will be processed and delivered in the New Year)


Wholesale – Dublin and Country

Last orders for Dublin Deliveries:
……………………………………………………………Last Orders Received                              Delivered on
Christmas                                                           before 2PM December 22nd              December 23rd
New Year                                                             before 12 noon December 29th        December 30th

Last orders for Co.Cork, Co.Kerry, Co.Clare Deliveries:
……………………………………………………………..Last Orders Received                      Delivered on
Christmas                                                            before 11am December 22nd        December 23rd
New Year                                                              before 11am December 29th        December 30th

Last orders for Rest of the Country Deliveries:
……………………………………………………………..Last Orders Received                    Delivered on
Christmas and New Year                                  before 11am December 20th        December 21st
Normal service (wholesale) will resume on Tuesday 3rd January 2017

‘Natural Resistance’ by Jonathan Nossiter

Delighted to be supplying the wines for the supper that will follow the screening of Jonathan Nossiter’s movie ‘Natural Resistance’!

here are the details:


Natural Resistance*

Irish Premiere

*With an Italian inspired rustic supper paired with natural wines from the growers featured in the film

It’s about respect for everything – not only nature, but also workers and customers.

19:00 Fri 06 March, 2015 @

A former sommelier, Nossiter’s Mondovino, a documentary about the globalization of the wine industry was nominated for the Palme D’Or in Cannes in 2004, one of only three documentaries ever nominated in the history of the festival. He didn’t foresee returning to the topic until last summer when he found himself in Tuscany, seated with Italian winemakers dedicated to resisting the prevalent use of chemicals. Nossiter instinctively turned on his camera and continued to follow these subjects against the sun-kissed backdrop of Italian vineyards. These protagonists of a rapidly spreading European natural wine revolution exemplify the movement’s ecological and cultural ideals, one winemaker says, “It’s about respect for everything” — not only nature, but also workers and customers.

This special screening is followed by an Italian inspired rustic feast paired with wines from the growers featured in the film and music from French raconteur Christophe Rohr on accordion with Zac Gvi on clarinet.


more details and how to book: log on to The 26tCork French Film Festival website


Artisan Wine Tasting (Trade and Press)

We are delighted to announce the details of our forthcoming Portfolio tastings (Trade and Wine Press)

The 2 tastings will take place in Dublin and Cork on 12th and 14th April respectively. We are thrilled to be bringing our ‘show’ to Cork for the first time this year, we are huge fans of the incredible diversity of the food scene there and we’re delighted of the interest the Southern Counties are showing to our wines,

We will showcase about 80 wines on both dates, focusing on organic, biodynamic and natural wines (April is Real Wine Month!) and we are thrilled that 11 growers will be present at the tastings:

The estates represented will be: Chateau Turcaud (Bordeaux); Maison Ambroise (Burgundy); Bodegas Menade (Rueda); Wiston’s Estate (UK Sparkling); Guy Allion (Loire); Cockagee Cider (Slane); Tour des Gendres (Bergerac); Beauregard-Mirouze (Corbieres); Clos de Caveau (Rhone); Taylor’s & Fonseca Ports; Highbank Orchards Gin & Liqueur


Drury Buildings

Le Caveau Artisan Wine Tasting

 Trade and Press

Tuesday 12th April, 10.00 to 5.30

Drury Buildings

2nd Floor

Drury Street

Dublin 2


contact/enquiry: orders@lecaveau.ie



Le Caveau Artisan Wine Tasting

Trade and Press

Thursday 14th April, 10.00 to 5.30

L’Atitude 51

1, Union Quay



contact/enquiry: orders@lecaveau.ie

See you there!


Sunday Business Post Wine Awards 2015

Happy New Year!

What a start of the year! We are absolutely thrilled to have retained our 2 awards in Tomas Clancy’s wine column in the Sunday Business Post published on January 3rd 2016:

– Best Fine wine Merchants (Nationwide) 2015 (previously winner in 2008, 2012 and 2014)

– Best Burgundy Specialist 2015 (previously winner in 2013 and 2014)

Many thanks to Tomas for choosing us and congratulations to all winners and finalists!

We also wish to thank the artisans behind the wines we import, who work sustainably and with minimum intervention in their wineries, our wonderful team and of course, our Customers for their support over the last 16 years!

Here’s to another brilliant new year, filled with exciting wines!








Real Wine Month Ireland 2015



The Real Wine Month – May 5th to May 31st 2015

The second Real Wine Month will be taking place across Ireland between 5th and 31st May 2015 and we hope will build on the success of last year’s promotion. Over 50 outlets participated last year and we hope even more will come on board this year!

Focusing on highlighting and celebrating organic, biodynamic and natural wines, the promotion is open to restaurants, wine bars, cafes, hotels and independent retailers.

Here at Le Caveau we are delighted to offer 10% on all our Organic, Biodynamic and of course Natural Wines! That’s over 100 wines on offer!


Happy bargain hunting!


Breakfast In Burgundy

We are hosting a booking signing of Breakfast in Burgundy by Raymond Blake on Saturday the 28th of March.

We also will be tasting two wines on the day Vincent Girardin Santenay 1er cru les Gravieres and Bachey-Legros Santenay Blanc.

Call in to see us this coming Saturday!


Jonathan Nossiter’s Natural Resistance documentary


Natural Resistance, Jonathan Nossiter


On Friday March 6th, The Cork French Film Festival will be screening the Irish Premiere of Jonathan Nossiter‘s Natural Resistance at Ballymaloe House Grainstore, Shanagarry, Co.Cork. Natural Resistance is a movie/documentary about 4 Italian Natural winemakers.

The screening will be followed by an Italian inspired rustic supper and 4 wines made by producers featured in the movie will be served to accompany Gillian Hegarty’s (Ballymaloe House Head Chef) dishes.

We are delighted to have been asked to supply the wines for this brilliant event. Furthermore, Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene, the largest importer and ambassador of Natural Wines in the UK will introduce both the movie and Naural wines in general.

Tickets for the evening can be purchased here


We hope you can join us!