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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

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 Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki Wedding

Merchant Hotel Wedding Showcase

Looking gorgeous today at The Merchant Hotel Wedding Showcase, was Fortuna Vini Gold and Fortuna Vini Scent of Angel specially personalised for the upcoming wedding of Pro Golfer Rory McIlroy and Tennis Professional Caroline Wozniacki.

Dogarina Prosecco Gold Magnums at Ollies 3

Gold Magnums of Prosecco Very Popular at Ollie’s Club

Ollie’s Nightclub in the prestigious 5 star Merchant Hotel in Belfast are now offering a VIP package that includes a fabulous 1.5 Litre Golden Magnum of Dogarina Prosecco that will deliver 10 glasses of this high quality Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry.

10th Anniversary at Zen

Celebrated with two spectacular red carpet events, the 10th Anniversary of the fabulous ZEN Restaurant in Belfast was the party of the year so far.

GreatVine Prosecco at The Merchant Hotel

The Merchant of Venice

Marco Marro, Head of Food and Beverage at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast welcomes Dogarina Prosecco supplied by Thomas Soliman of GreatVine (or as some call him ‘The Merchant of Venice’) as the new house Prosecco for his prestigious Hotel.

In the Trade Press

In the Trade Press

We’re delighted with the positive coverage of GreatVine in this month’s hospitality trade magazines.

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