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Fantastic New PASSO ANTICO Sardian Full Bodied Red in Stock

A fabulous new jewel in our crown is a beautiful Sardinian  full bodied red wine called ‘PASSO ANTICO’ where only a part of the blend of 3 traditional Sardinian grapes (Cannonau, Carignano and Bovale Sardo) is air dried in the age old Appassimento process until the grapes are like raisins and intense with flavour and sweetness. In fact the blend was achieved so beautifully that surprisingly, there are only 4 grams of residual sugar per litre, yet you still get the intensity of flavour on the mid palate from the partial Appassimento used in the making of this Sardinian masterpiece.



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GreatVine Trade Wine Portfolio 2016

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GreatVine has just launched a fabulous new wine Portfolio (Request Your Copy Here) with hundreds of new artisan quality wines now available from not only Italy but also France, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and the USA. From classic Burgundies and Bordeaux wines to Rhone Valley Star Appellations such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée De Antiques Ogier. We now offer full artisan quality wine lists to the licensed trade with what we consider to be the best quality to value possible.

A new jewel in our crown is a beautiful Sardinian  full bodied red wine called ‘Passo Antico’ where only a part of the blend of 3 traditional Sardinian grapes (Cannonau, Carignano and Bovale Sardo) is air dried in the age old Appassimento process until the grapes are like raisins and intense with flavour and sweetness. In fact the blend was achieved so beautifully that surprisingly, there are only 4 grams of residual sugar per litre, yet you still get the intensity of flavour on the mid palate from the partial Appassimento used in the making of this Sardinian masterpiece.


Passo Antico Sardinian Red

We have some spectacular multiple award winning Spanish Riojas, not least the multiple Gold Medalist 12 Linajes ~ Reserva Doce which gets 93 points from Robert Parker. However a very special Spanish range getting a lot of International press is Casa Rojo – The Wine Gurus, which is exclusive to GreatVine in the market. It’s wonderful to see when creativity in packaging the wine is matched by the quality of what’s actually inside and in this case, some extremely creative bottles and label design concepts / technology is even surpassed by what’s inside the bottles – some amazingly good Biodynamic wines. One of the 100 Best Winneries of the world 2014 (Wine&Spirits Magazine)

The Wine Gurus Selection Spanish Wines

The Wine Gurus Selection Spanish Wines

MMM ‘Macho Man Monastrell’ is as you might guess 100% Monastrell – Barrel aged. The bearded, tattooed Mach Man is actually the winemaker himself. It’s the third year of vintage, so his beard has grown bigger on the label each year from originally being just a goatee. Selected as the best barrel aged wine from Spain in Germany, Canada, Asia.. this 100% mediterranean wine is the fresh new rockstar of Monstrell. Great gold best red wine Gilbert & Gaillard 2014. 9/10 points, “El País”. Gold Medal Berliner Wine Trophy 2014 and many more accolades from leading wine critics.

The 5 month Barrel aged Priorat called Maquinon (Machine) achieved Great Gold Best Red Wine of Spain (Gilbert & Gaillard France 2014)  +95 points (Gilbert & Gaillard 2016)

The stunning La Marimorena Albariño on it’s lees was rated 90 Points by Wine Enthusiast and Gold medal in Mundus Vini 2014 amongst other accolades. The vineyards are located in “O Rosal”, Pontevedra. A very unique location surrounded also by Rias Pontevedra, Arosa and the river Umia. As well as white flowers, straw and raw granite there dried pineapple and melon aromas. Overall, this has a fresh outlook and a stony base to the palate with a lees finish that’s slightly creamy, but with depth and vital acidity. A saltiness can be detected from the terroir next to the Atlantic Ocean, making it perfect with fish.

From the DO Rueda comes the fabulous 100% Verdejo  El Gordo Del Circo, which as the humerous label suggests, is probably the fattest Verdejo you will ever taste from lees aging. The label has some very cool technology too as the Moobs on the fat man turn blue once the wine is chilled! 🙂 Best Spanish white wine (Mundus Vini 2014), Best Spanish white wine (International Wine Guide 2014), Gold Medal (Gilbert & Gaillard 2014), 90 points Peñín 2015

Alexander VS The Ham Factory was born from the best vineyards of Páramo del Duero, in Pesquera. Located at 950 meters of altitude, these vineyards of Tinto Fino grapes  (25 years old) mark the viticulture and the style of this singular Ribera del Duero 2013

Alexander vs The Ham Factory Tempranillo

Alexander vs The Ham Factory Ribera del Duero

Molto Negre Cava

Molto Negre Cava

93 points Gilbert & Gaillard 2015  Diamond “Premios Mujer y Vino 2015” Gold Medal for the Best National Packaging. Anuaria 2015


MMM Macho Man Monastrell

MMM Macho Man Monastrell

MMM Tasting at OX

MMM Tasting at OX

Sangiovese di Toscano

Sangiovese di Toscano

Italian Wines

Italian Wines

Of course being Italian specialists, our Prosecco is the best artisan quality Prosecco in the country with all  3 DOC, DOCG and Cartizze (the Grand Cru of Prosecco)  certification levels and we have a superb range of Italian wines including Nero D’Avola, Barolo, Nebbiolo, Amarone, Chianti, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Valpolicella Ripasso, Vernaccia Di San Gimignano, Moscato Spumante, Passito, Traminer, Pinot Grigio, Raboso & Raboso Frizzante, Cabernet Franc, Refosco, Soave, Ribolla Gialla, Sicilian Inzolia and the finest Orange Wines amongst many others.

Recipe for Taralli Puglese

Traditional Taralli Recipe from Puglia

Traditionally in Puglia, you dunk your Taralli into your wine – most likely a fine Primitivo from the region.

The recipe involves taking walnut-sized pieces of dough shaped into thin ropes about 5 inches (10 cm) long, then bringing the ends together to form a ring. It’s okay if they look like a teardrop.

Next, the rings are briefly cooked in a pot of boiling water until they float to the surface, then removed with a slotted spoon and left to cool and dry on a clean cloth.
Place the taralli on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until the taralli are golden brown. Cool on a rack and serve with an aperitivo – drink the rest of that white wine you used to make the dough – or fill a breadbasket and serve.

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Yield: About 100 taralli
Serving Size: Unlimited!
4 cups (1 lb, 500 grams) flour
1 tsp (10 grams) salt

2/3 cup (150 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup (200 ml) dry white wine

optional spices:

1-2 tsp fennel seeds or cracked black pepper

Cooking Directions

In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt.
Add the oil and wine, and mix with a fork until the dough forms into a rough mass.

Dump the dough onto a wooden board and knead it for about 5 minutes, until it is smooth.

If you want to add any optional spices, knead them into the dough (or divide the dough and add spice to ½ of the dough) – knead well to distribute the spice.

Cover the dough and let it rest, along with your arms, for 15-30 minutes.

Pinch walnut-sized pieces of dough, roll first between your hands, and then against the wooden cutting board, so that the dough forms a thin rope, about ½ inch (1 cm) in diameter and 4” long (10 cm).

Shape each rope into a ring, and seal the edges together by pressing lightly, then set aside the taralli rings on a wooden board and cover with a towel.

In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to boil.

Put 6-10 of the taralli into the boiling water, and when they float to the surface – this will only take 30-60 seconds – remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a cloth to dry and cool.

Tip: Try not to plop one tarallo on top of another when dropping them into the pot, and if they stick to the bottom, give them a gentle nudge with the slotted spoon

Put the cooled taralli on baking sheets and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (200°C) for about 25 minutes, until golden.

Remove and cool on racks.

Store in a closed container to keep them crisp, and serve with an aperitivo – they are the a nice accompaniment for the rest of that dry white wine – or pile them into a breadbasket at dinner.

Taralli Puglese Recipe with Primitivo Wine

Taralli Puglese Recipe with Primitivo Wine

Tasting new Montagner Prosecco Range with Raymond McArdle

Raymond McArdle’s Maisons Restaurant

GreatVine are delighted to announce that Maison’s Restaurant in Rostrevor owned by the fabulous Raymond McArdle has become our latest new customer. Maisons Restaurant and the bubbly Raymond McArdle himself is adding sparkle to the beautiful town of Rostrevor, while GreatVine and our Montagner range is adding sparkle to the wine menu in the restaurant.

The good people of Rostrevor and its many visitors can now experience two different levels of Artisan quality Montagner Prosecco harvested by hand – single vineyard, single grape (100% Glera) and single vintage. Raymond has added both the Montagner DOC Treviso Millesimato Exra Dry and the Montagner DOCG Valdobiadene Superiore Millesimato Prosecco to his menu to be enjoyed as an aperitif by the glass, by the bottle with fish or Asian style dishes and of course with dessert and after dinner drinks.

Montagner DOCG Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry

In addition Raymond wisely selected the most elegant sparkling Grand Cuvee Brut Rosé Millesimato which is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Once again harvested by hand at family owned Montagner Vineyard established in 1955 in the town of Motta Di Livenza in the Province of Treviso. This exceptionally crafted sparkling wine has a strikingly pale colour achieved naturally from the skin of the pinot noir grapes. It pairs beautifully with fish or chicken dishes but is also a wonderful aperitif and perfect with soft cheeses too.

Montagner  Grand Cuvee Brut Rosé Millesimato

Montagner Grand Cuvee Brut Rosé Millesimato

Montagner  Grand Cuvee Brut Rosé Millesimato

A very unique new sparkler also on the menu at Maisons is a sparkling red Raboso Frizzante which red and white wine lovers alike are going crazy about. The most perfect pairing with this unusual wine served slightly chilled is Raymond’s beautiful salted caramel dessert. In fact perfect with anything chocolate or stand alone as an aperitif.

Montagner Raboso Frizzante Sparkling Red Wine

Montagner Raboso Frizzante Sparkling Red Wine

Last but not least Raymond has added the most exquisite Montagner sparkling Moscato which is Italy is referred to as ‘Fior di Arancia’ – Orange Flower. At only 7% alcohol volume with aromas of orange, roses and elderflower, it is a fresh and refreshing, frothy after dinner treat or perfect with desserts and cheeses. It also works really well as an aperitif and sparkling Moscato is growing in popularity with younger female customers these days who prefer the sweeter taste and lower alcohol option.

We look forward to hearing the feedback on this impressive range from Maisons customers in the weeks and months ahead

 PHOTO CREDIT: Photograph courtesy of Pat Byrne

GreatVine Prosecco Training at La Mon Hotel & Country Club

Prosecco Training at La Mon Hotel

GreatVine were invited to implement our Prosecco Training programme by Management at La Mon Hotel & Country Club this week.

Led by Bar Manager Jim Burns, the team participation and feedback was fantastic. There’s an undeniable enthusiasm for Prosecco amongst the staff as most enjoy it as their own personal favourite beverage. However, most would admit to not knowing the difference between a frizante or spumante, a DOC or a DOCG, a Brut or Extra Dry, a Glera or Perera and certainly had no idea what a Millesimato was before they undertook GreatVine’s free Prosecco training programme…and as for Cartizze…what’s that?

I think we can safely say that none of them will be buying a Prosecco that’s not Millesimato any time soon. They now fully understand the quality difference and the various grades of Prosecco. The feedback was overwhelmingly that they had no idea what Prosecco actually was before the training and had little idea of how to tell the good from the bad. They also received many valuable tips on storage and serving.

Thanks again to the fabulous team at La Mon for your unbridled enthusiasm and participation!

Long live the Sgroppino!



Institute of Hospitality Janus Awards 2015

Montagner Launch

Confirming our status as the Prosecco specialists in the market, the Institute of Hospitality NI invited GreatVine to host the Prosecco reception at their prestigious annual Janus Awards event held at La Mon house Hotel on Friday 1st May 2015

More than 450 of the Northern Ireland Hospitality Industry’s top professionals were treated to a welcome flute of the fantastic new Prosecco brand Montagner, which was launched on the evening.

We did bring along double the amount that should have been required for everyone to have a glass each, but were besieged by requests for more as guests soon realised that this Prosecco was a different calibre of animal to any they had tasted before.  We are well aware that the Prosecco in the market is not what we are used to drinking back in Italy and with more and more Italian tourists in our country pointing out the poor quality as well, we are delighted to be able to help to elevate this aspect of our tourism product, while also enabling the people of Northern Ireland to enjoy really good quality Prosecco.

Montagner DOCG Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry

Montagner DOCG Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry

Montagner Prosecco is from a family owned Artisan vineyard in the DOC Treviso production zone in Motta di Livenza, but this producer also owns vineyards in Valdobbiadene where they produce a fantastic Prosecco DOCG Superiore and also in the coveted Cartizze production zone which is where the prized Grand Cru of Prosecco is produced. Cartizze is a 1,000 hectare hill where 170 different producers own land priced at over €1 Million per hectare, such is the perceived value of the Terroir. A small quantity of only 1 Million bottles maximum per year may be produced here between all of the producers.

This means that GreatVine are the only importer offering the entire range of Prosecco from the D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) through the D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Guarantita) to the Cartizze which consumers may now purchase at Wineworks in Saintfield & Newtownards.

Montagner DOCG Prosecco can be purchased from the wine list at OX, The Old School House Killinchy, The Boat House in Bangor, Uluru in Armagh, Raymond McArdle’s new restaurant Maisons in Rostrevor and very soon at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast with many more on the way.

Montagner Cartizze Prosecco DOCG

Montagner Cartizze Prosecco DOCG

When vines are harvested by hand as opposed to by automated heavy machinery which causes terrible damage to the vines, it considerably enhances the aromatics in the wine. This Artisan quality Prosecco is also from a single vineyard, a single grape (100% Glera) and a single year of vintage. Most industrial scale Prosecco is often produced outside of the authorised production zone by mass market producers who buy grapes from a variety of uncontrolled sources, blend the Glera grape with other permitted grapes to increase their production capacity and also use Prosecco that has been left over from previous years to expand capacity.

Of course because of the production method used to make Prosecco in steel tanks – known as the Charmat method, Prosecco must be consumed while young and fresh 1-2 years maximum. Unlike Champagne it cannot age.  The less time Prosecco spends in the bottle the better, which is why buying from a winery that re-bottles a few times a year is also important. Unless the Prosecco is designated as a ‘Millesimato’ the producer is not obliged to print the year of vintage on the label (and many would run from doing so!) therefore it’s only if you buy a ‘Millesimato’ that you know what age the Prosecco you are intending to serve to your customers is . It’s the only way to know that what you are serving is not way past its sell by date.

GreatVine offer FREE Prosecco training for the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland. We aim to dispell the myth that all Prosecci are created equal. We want to make your wine list sparkle and help you increase your Prosecco sales. Already in the UK market supermarkets report selling more Prosecco than milk. It’s a very important profit opportunity, which we can help the Northern Ireland hospitality industry to maximise.

Montagner Prosecco Janus Awards

Montagner Prosecco Janus Awards

Thomas with Fisnik Ujkaj and Chef of The Ivory Restaurant & Montagner Prosecco

Thomas with Fisnik Ujkaj and Chef of The Ivory Restaurant

Branded Cabaret Supper Club AM:PM Bottle

Bottle Your Brand – Affordable Personalised Prosecco Bottles

It is unusual to be able to be able to personalise a wine bottle at volumes lower than 10,000 units, but Prosecco specialist importer GreatVine is the first to make fully personalised bottles of high quality Prosecco DOC Treviso Millesimato or DOCG Valdobbiadene Superiore available anywhere in the UK or Ireland from a minimum order volume as low as only 1,000 units with very affordable pricing.

In fact the 1,000 minimum order requirement can be split up into two orders of 500 bottles as long as the total amount of 1,000 is delivered within one year.

The entire bottle can be designed to the client’s specification and 2-3 initial design proposals are included within the price. The branding can go way beyond just the label, to a complete sleeve design and stunning mirrored finish options or accents of gold leaf. A new type of print technology enables bottle effects that reach far beyond traditional digital printing techniques, but this technology is exclusive to GreatVine in the wine sector.

Roberto Coin Branded Prosecco Bottles

The branded bottles are proving popular with corporate brands as well as hospitality brands and are especially popular for branding major events. Luxury Jewellery brand Roberto Coin wrapped the design for their Bollicine Collection, which aptly translates to ’Bubbles’ in English, for use at the world’s largest luxury jewellery & watch fair in Basel Switzerland, where it was served to their customers and media guests. Baglioni Hotel group now have their own slick black bottle of branded Prosecco throughout their prestigious venues, and the Cabaret Supper Club in Belfast ordered a glitzy Cabaret styled red and gold bottle featuring a show girl and Chandeliers which has proved extremely popular with their customers.

Branded Cabaret Supper Club AM:PM Bottle

The concept of a luxurious branded bottle containing one of the most popular beverages in the UK market, also offers a brand extension opportunity for example to brands in the fashion industry, that could benefit from distributing their own branded Prosecco bottles nationwide thereby putting their brand values directly into the hands and mouths (so to speak) of their target consumers.

Catering and event management companies pitching for large events, could also ensure they have the competitive edge by offering branded bottles for their client events.

So give your customers a taste of what you’re all about with a high quality bottle of Prosecco elegantly wrapped in your brand imagery.

Email for pricing information and design proposals

Cabaret Supper Club Branded Bottles of Premium Quality Prosecc

Fabulous Cabaret Supper Club Bottles of Premium Quality Prosecco

If you like glitz, glamour and quality Prosecco look no further than Cabaret Supper Club & AM:PM in Upper Arthur Street, where GreatVine have supplied these exquisitely beautiful bling bottles of premium quality Prosecco wrapped in a personalised and branded bespoke design featuring a ravishing red head in Cabaret Costume.

Enjoy a bottle at one of the amazing shows on at the Cabaret Supper Club or with lunch, dinner or an exquisite afternoon tea at AM:PM  – As the in-house promotion for this Premium Prosecco says. Yes you can take me home when I am consumed! So you can keep the decorative bottle once you’ve enjoyed the superb liquid inside.

Branded Prosecco in Cabaret Supper Club Gift Guide

Branded Prosecco in Cabaret Supper Club Gift Guide


You can also buy a bottle as a gift for friends or family supplied with gift box, or just to enjoy at home. You will find it on the website within the Gift Guide or on sale at the venue.

Tell us what you think? Know any other venues who should have a gorgeous branded bottle of great quality Prosecco? Let us know?!!

Paladin Raboso Fiore Paired with Chocolate Fondue at OX Cave

Ever thought of pairing a sparkling red wine with Chocolate Fondue? No? Well thankfully the very clever and experienced wine gurus at OX Cave have thought of it for you!

Call into OX Cave  for a chocolate fondue served with little squares of cake, marshmallow and fresh fruit to dip into a luscious little individual pot of melted chocolate in a mini le Creuset over a candle flame, washed down with a glass of equally luscious liquid in the form of Paladin’s Raboso Fiore sparkling red wine. Can you think of anything more decadent?

Paladin’s very unique and wonderful Raboso Fiore (which means flower in Italian) is a frizzante sparkling red made with the Raboso grape, which is the signature red grape of the Veneto region of Italy. A sparkling red is a surprise, but rather than being sweet as you might expect , this formidable red has a marvelous dry finish while it is also intensely fruity with rich aromas of wild violets and morello cherries. The colour is a bright ruby red with a marvelous pink froth.

Produced from the best grapes of Raboso, one of the oldest vines of Veneto, it represents the tradition of the region and especially of the Paladin Family: Valentino Paladin produced it for the first time in 1981 and since then Raboso Fiore has been a huge International success story.

The grapes are harvested late in autumn and the wine is done without pressing the berry; this makes it pleasantly round, fresh and rich in aromas, with fruity and soft notes. The Raboso is then enriched with a lively effervescence by an accurate, long sparkling process.

All in all it is a lively, fruity wine with a full flavoured and dry finish.

Chocolate Fondue and Raboso Fiore Pairing at OX Cave

Food Pairing:

Ideal alone, it is perfect with a barbecue or cold cuts, cheese, omelettes, pizza, pasta and snacks.
Drink it always slightly chilled.

  • Alcoholic content: 11% Volume / sparkling for natural fermentation
  • Serving temperature: 8 – 10 °C
  • Bottle size: 750 ml / Also available as a Magnum 1.500 ml

Fortuna Vini Scent of Angel at The Vault London ©Copyright Paparazzi VIP Photography

Fortuna Vini debuts at The Vault London

Our fabulous Fortuna Vini brand enjoyed an equally fabulous venue in which to debut in London last weekend. The venue is the exclusive private members club – The Vault London, which is as unique as Fortuna Vini as it is a luxuriously converted double decker red London Bus.

Scent of Angel was the star of the show at the VIP party for the exclusive concierge members club – Quintessentially.
All the guests loved this exquisite sparkling brut rosé with deliberate natural aromas of raspberries and white roses.


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