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Montagner Festival of Prosecco Merchant Hotel

Montagner Festival of Prosecco at The Merchant Hotel

Our single vineyard Artisan quality, hand harvested Montagner Prosecco will be show cased by The Merchant Hotel in September 2017 for their month long Festival of Prosecco.

The hotel will be featuring the three different quality levels of Prosecco supplied to them by GreatVine up to Cartizze level, which is the Grand Cru of Prosecco and rarely found outside of Italy.

Guests will be able to learn all about their favourite bubbles and get educated on how to identify a good quality Prosecco. Understanding how Prosecco is made will inform guests that it’s a wine which needs to be consumed young and fresh, preferably within the year of vintage. However, therein lies quite a problem in the UK export market, as the vintage is usually not stated on the labels unless it’s a ‘Millesimato’ Prosecco where the producer is obliged to put the year of vintage on the rear label.

Montagner DOCG Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry

Montagner DOCG Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry

As importers have to pay extra to buy a ‘Millesimato’ Prosecco, it’s unusual to find one on the shelves of your local supermarket or wine shop. In many hospitality venues, it’s also unusual to find a ‘Millesimato’ Prosecco.

Only through educating the Prosecco consumer, will enough pressure be applied to encourage more stockists, hotels, and restaurants to stock a better quality product. Some even sell a standard unclassified Spumante wine as Prosecco, so it’s always worth knowing what you’re buying and demanding the best for your hard earned cash.

Montagner Festival of Prosecco at the Merchant Hotel

Montagner Festival of Prosecco at the Merchant Hotel

Buy tickets here for the Montagner Prosecco Masterclass at The Merchant Hotel Belfast on Thursday 7th September 2017

Taste your way through five selected drinks and understand the ‘prosecco process.’ Enjoy Cicchetti for each table towards the end of the event.

Buy tickets here for the Montagner Prosecco Party in the Roof Garden at The Merchant Hotel on Thursday 14th September 2017

Enjoy a night of music and bubbles on the roof garden! GreatVine will be in attendance to welcome guests and talk about all things Prosecco. Enjoy Cicchetti for each table towards the end of the event and live Italian guitar music from musician Luigi Cirillo.


The Gallery Belfast Wine Dinner - With ANSELMI wines.

Wine Dinner – The Gallery Dublin Road Belfast

Tickets now available for a very special 4 course wine dinner at Gary McCausland’s glamorous new venue – The Gallery on Dublin Road, Belfast

Friday 23rd June 2017
Book here or CALL 02890 434344

Prosecco Reception from 7p.m. with Artisan quality Prosecco by GreatVine
4 Courses paired with Iconic Italian wines by ANSELMI
Meet the winemaker – Lisa Anselmi

Roberto Anselmi is an icon for other producers of white wine around Italy and his story has become a fabled cult legend throughout the land. The wines are listed by most Michelin Star Restaurants in Italy, reflecting the tremendously fast ascent of ANSELMI into the ‘Club’ of top white winemakers in Italy. Roberto ANSELMI’s revolutionary parting from the Soave DOC law enables these wines to break barriers in style and quality. Located in the hills of Monteforte D’Alpino, Soave near Verona. ANSELMI believe in minimal handling of the wine and bringing out the full fruit expression and flavour of the Garganega grape.  There are two white wines that will age for 15 years, a red that ages for 30+ years and a Passito dessert wine that features in the book ‘100 Wines to Try Before you Die’. By macerating on the skins for added depth and extract, Roberto’s wine-making artistry sculptures the extraordinary material provided by superb terroir and vineyard management into a range with incredible depth, breadth and longevity. As Jancis Robinson comments in The World Atlas of Wine, ‘These are serious wines by any measure and by no means over-priced compared with their peers in Burgundy’

Anselmi Wines

Anselmi Wines


Anselmi San Vincenzo Wine Spectator Top 100

Anselmi San Vincenzo Wine Spectator Top 100

Anselmi Wines

ANSELMI Wine Dinner – Merchant Hotel

We are delighted to be hosting a prestigious Verona Opera themed wine dinner for the Iconic ANSELMI winery in the Great Room of The Merchant Hotel, Belfast on Thursday 22rd June 2017. An evening of fine wine & Opera music. A 6 course sumptuous supper paired with ANSELMI wines and the chance to meet the Winemaker. Prosecco Reception 7 pm £69.50 Tickets directly from The Merchant Hotel. NOW SOLD OUT!!!

The wines are listed by most Michelin Star Restaurants in Italy, reflecting the tremendously fast ascent of ANSELMI into the ‘Club’ of top white winemakers in Italy. Roberto ANSELMI’s revolutionary parting from the Soave DOC law enables these wines to break barriers in style and quality. Located in the hills of Monteforte D’Alpino, Soave near Verona. ANSELMI believe in minimal handling of the wine and bringing out the full fruit expression and flavour of the Garganega grape.  There are two white wines that will age for 15 years (CAPITEL CROCE & CAPITEL FOSCARINO), the stunning SAN VINCENZO which explodes with Mango, Passion fruit & Guava tropical flavours almost in the style of a top class Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but incredibly juicy and refreshing. This wine is a WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 for 2016 (No 60). REALDA is a red that ages for 30+ years and a Passito dessert wine ‘I CAPITELLI’ that features in the book ‘100 Wines to Try Before you Die’.

By macerating on the skins for added depth and extract, Roberto’s wine-making artistry sculptures the extraordinary material provided by superb terroir and vineyard management into a range with incredible depth, breadth and longevity. As Jancis Robinson comments in The World Atlas of Wine, ‘These are serious wines by any measure and by no means over-priced compared with their peers in Burgundy’

Thomas with Lisa Anselmi

Thomas with Lisa Anselmi

We had the honour and privilege of sharing these incredible wines with Roberto and his wonderful daughter Lisa Anselmi, at the 2 Michelin Star Restaurant La Peca,  near Vicenza. The wine list there was more like a bible than a wine menu and they had multiple vintages of each ANSELMI wine available. Roberto Anselmi generously selected the 1983 REALDA Cabernet Sauvignon, which once deftly resuscitated by the impressive Sommelier at La Peca, tasted like a really fine old Burgundy. It ranks as one of our best wine experiences ever!

With Roberto Anselmi at La Peca

With Roberto Anselmi at La Peca

Anselmi San Vincenzo Wine Spectator Top 100

Anselmi San Vincenzo Wine Spectator Top 100



Alexander V's The Ham Factory Casa Rojo

Casa Rojo ‘The Wine Gurus’ Range

We are delighted to introduce the fabulous Casa Rojo “The Wine Gurus” range of exquisite wines with eye catching branding to Northern Ireland.

The Casa Rojo project brought together the top 5 Wine Gurus in Spain to create the best example of each wine from each individual Spanish wine region. They produced 8 wines in total including an Organic and Biodynamic Priorat, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Rioja, Albariño, Verdejo, Godello and a very rebellious Cava.

The labels in this range of exceptional Spanish Wines are certainly something very different and have captured the imagination of fans and media all over the world. This perfect combination of imaginative branding combined with exceptional wine quality has quickly established Casa Rojo as a global brand and in fact a global movement. Every wine has won multiple awards and gold medals and all rank 90 + Points. “One of the 100 Best Winneries of the world 2014” (Wine&Spirits Magazine)


Each wine label tells a story. MMM Macho Man Monastrell (100% Monastrell) depicts a cartoon image of the wine maker himself ‘Jose Luis Gomez’ who is in fact a very tall young man. This is the third year of vintage, so in the first year Macho Man Monastrell was only sporting a small goatee beard, however now as the winemaker’s beard has grown, so too has the beard on our MMM Macho Man Monastrell label, and he has a new tattoo ‘Love & Wine’ this year! Jose stands outs in a crowd and the same is true of this unique label on the shelves or in the wine bar. 6 Months aged in French Oak this huge wine was voted ‘Best Spanish Barrel Aged Red’.

MMM Macho Man Monastrell

MMM Macho Man Monastrell

MMM is a rich and hearty red wine. Hand-harvested 100% Monastrell grapes from very old vines create this big, boisterous, fruit-packed red; four months in oak barrels provides a touch of softness and spice. An impressive plum and strawberry explosion combined with licorice and chocolate. The 2013 vintage was named in the top 100 wines in the Wines from Spain Awards 2015, the judging was chaired by Tim Atkin MW.

The Alexander V’s The Ham Factory DO Ribera Del Duero label depicts a pig sporting what looks like a Bionic leg and matching goggles, having lost his leg to the Ham Factory. Casa Rojo consider this the finest wine in the range “Alexander V’s the Ham Factory is our masterpiece, a parody of real life, how a living being has being strengthened after a loss”. The label also reflects the story of Alexandra who runs the wine business, but her father owns a Ham factory and finds he is always calling upon her time for that business, therefore she has symbolically lost one leg to the Ham Factory of her father. This big red 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) of 25 yr old vines from Pesquera del Duero has spent 20 Months in french and american oak. There are notes of cocoa, and roast mocha with intense black fruit compote. Iron with silk. A cyborg hero! 93 points Gilbert & Gaillard 2015 


Alexander V’s The Ham Factory

The MAQUINON Priorat 100% Garnacha Negra – D.O.Q Priorat is certified both Organic & Biodynamic.  Certified by Demeter as one of the few Black Garnatxa 100% wines in the world and the only one in DOQ Priorat. Maquinon in dialect means Machine and the robotic machinery cartoon imagery is said to reflect the fact that the red clay soil is very hard land to work so it’s like Man V’s Machine. Electric red color, fresh Asian spice, minerally driven. Maquinon is made in the slate ‘Licorella’ style.

MMM Macho Man Monastrell

MMM Macho Man Monastrell


La Marimorena Albariño with Racy flavours of Blood Orange, Wild Pomelos and Dried Pineapple with a salinity straight from the terroir beside the Atlantic Ocean. The Albariño vineyards for this mineral and spice infused white are located close to ‘O Rosal’ in the Pontevedra in the south of the Rías Baixas region on Spain’s north-west coast. Here the vineyards are surrounded by water, both sea and river, the vines cultivated on granite terraces with fairly rich, deep soils. Unoaked, the wine shows herbal aromas, scents of citrus and clear notes of dried pineapple, apple and pear, fresh and fruity in the mouth, the finish continues along the mineral and spice theme. 

La Marimorena Albariño by Casa Rojo

La Marimorena Albariño by Casa Rojo

With Roberto Anselmi at La Peca

Iconic Italian ANSELMI Wines Arrive in Belfast

ANSELMI wines are more like a cult movement in Italy and now also in International markets beyond. Roberto Anselmi is known as the original rebel who redefined the image of Italian white wines.  As a result, his wines are so exquisite, that they can be found on the menus of just about every Michelin Star restaurant in Italy, right up to the 3 star Gods of Italian cuisine. Most carrying multiple vintages, which we were lucky enough to experience for ourselves with the charismatic winemaker and his lovely daughter Lisa at the fabulous 2 Michelin star ‘La Peca’ Restaurant outside Vicenza. There.  we had a very memorable life moment tasting his 1983 REALDA Cabernet Sauvignon – a 33 year old doing a great impersonation of a fine old French Burgundy after a masterful resuscitation by a world class Sommelier, after such a long time at rest in the bottle. With only 7,000 bottles of his Cabernet Sauvignon produced each year, the rarity of finding and getting to taste such an aged example was not lost on us. This was an honor and a privilege few get to enjoy and it is an experience we will never forget.

Anselmi REALDA Cabernet Sauvignon 1983

Anselmi REALDA Cabernet Sauvignon

In fact there is only one red wine in the stable. The ANSELMI white wines are what Roberto Anselmi is really famous for having deliberately divorced from the Soave DOC back in 2000. Frustrated by the lack of quality and ambition amongst fellow winemakers in the rolling hills of the Soave region, east of Verona, Roberto made the controversial decision to cut ties with the local Consorzio and take the hallowed Soave name off his wines, instead labelling them under Anselmi’s own vineyards and Veneto IGT.



Roberto had approached the Soave Consorzio to negotiate a reduction in the permissible yields in an attempt to increase region-wide quality. After years of painstaking meetings and communications, the day of reckoning arrived in the form of a letter, the contents of which threw Roberto into a fit of rage and caused him to burn all existing Anselmi labels featuring the name Soave. The Consorzio, mainly influenced by the industrial-sized co-operatives, had agreed to a reduction in yields, but only by around 1-2%, a negligible margin.

His self-imposed exile was a bold move, but one he felt was essential to be true to his ethos of quality over quantity, and in turn to producing world class white wines. “Quality is indeed the fruit of our labour and determination, but it cannot do without help from the kind of science which allows us to recognise the real values of tradition and yet stops us from placing too much value on those elements which have no scientific basis at all.”

And the risk has paid off. Widely considered one of Italy’s best white wine producers and ‘the conscience of Soave’, he’s redefined the image of the region’s wines on the world stage.  ANSELMI white wines age for 15 years, are from the volcanic soils on the best south facing hills of the Soave region, harvested by hand on CRU vineyards of just a few hectares, with the highest quality standards and very limited production.

As it happens, 2000 wasn’t the first time Roberto had rebelled against authority. Back in the 1970s, fresh out of university and having had a taste of some the world’s finest wine regions in his post-study travels, he quickly became frustrated working in his family winery.

“My grandfather had been an excellent vine grower between the 1920s and 1945, but with the economic crisis linked to the World War he was forced to sell off all his vineyards and my father, who had continued working in the wine sector, had created a large winery for the bottling and sale of wine that he bought in, but without having his own land or vineyards,” explains Roberto.

“I had always dreamt of buying back my grandfather’s vineyards and buying other land highly suited to vine growing. I had always dreamt of creating a high quality winery to produce my own wine and had a romantic vision of a land which inspires strong values, deep feelings, the right kind of traditions, and a way of living which is with the land and for the land. And so I began.”

But his ambitions found him knocking heads with his father, and Roberto eventually grasped full control of the business, and Marino went into retirement, though remained living on the property.

He wound up the trading side of the company and began buying pockets of hillside land planted at high density, where his less productive but more aromatic Garganega strains thrived. The current property extends to 70 hectares situated on the highest slopes between Monteforte and Soave, and annual production has grown to around 700,000 bottles (just 5% of the volume his father made, but it’s always been quality Roberto was after.)

Opting out of the Soave DOCG gave Roberto the freedom to grow the grapes he liked, and in whatever way he wanted. Instead of the shaded canopies of old-fashioned pergola-trained vines most commonly found on surrounding properties, guyot-trained vines let in plenty of sunshine for more concentrated fruit, and his limit of three small bunches per vine guarantees density of flavour and ripeness, while maintaining good acidity.

Freed from the constraints of the Consorzio that require 70 percent Garganega in all wines labelled Soave Classico and currently allow only two other grapes, Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave, Roberto also planted Sauvignon Blanc and Traminer, and uses the former in his San Vincenzo.

The winery is similarly advanced, with gleaming stainless steel vats and French oak barriques (Anselmi was probably the first in Italy to utilise French oak to ferment and mature its white wines). Vinification is precise in every detail, with cold maceration, fermentation at low temperatures and a long ageing period. Roberto has always been an early adopter of wine technology – collaborating on research into alternative wine closures and ongoing experimentation into new methods to reduce the presence of sulphites in wine. Frustrated by cork taint, Roberto moved his San Vincenzo wine into screwcaps a few years ago – a brave move in a traditional wine country.

He took this limited-production approach to the next level when he became one of the few producers in the Soave Classico zone to develop ‘cru’ or single-vineyard wines. Capitel Foscarino (10 hectares) and Capitel Croce (five hectares) derive their names from ancient shrines (in the Veronese dialect) which populated the areas when the vineyards were replanted.

The tour inside the winery and the cellar was as theatrical. It is more tranquil and ethereal than any Church or Cathedral we’ve ever been in. Large beautifully candlelit rooms, framed by stained glass effect walls made from wine bottles and bespoke commissioned sculptures of the Garganega grape, house the French Oak barrels of precious liquid awaiting re-birth as the next vintage of ANSELMI wines. It is no wonder that the Anselmi business is so highly regarded – the wines, the location, the people. Roberto Anselmi’s rebellious nature is perhaps also evident in his personal life, not least in that he flies his own helicopter, had a Porsche made to his personal specifications and has a passion for fast motorbikes.

Roberto Anselmi and Daughter Lisa

Roberto Anselmi and Daughter Lisa

Roberto crafts just five wines – in addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon and the two crus is San Vincenzo (a lighter apertif style wine), an unusual move for the area, and I Capitelli, a dessert wine made from dried Botrytis-affected grapes that matches the world’s best. The white wines are for big Chardonnay lovers with the San Vincenzo being a blend of 70% Garganega with 30% Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Intense and
complex on the nose with apple, almonds, citrus, melon and zesty tropical fruit. Dry but with intense fruit, medium bodied with fresh acidity.
The San Vincenzo 2015 delivers a long lingering finish from the Chardonnay. 

The November 2016 Wine Buying Guide of the revered ‘Wine Spectator’ awards ANSELMI 90 points and highlights it as a ‘BEST BUY’. Describing the Anselmi San Vincenzo, they say “An expressive white, creamy and lightly juicy throughout, offering flavors of blood orange granita, fresh tarragon, yellow peach and mineral, set in a light-bodied frame. The finish is juicy. Garganega with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2019. 41,660 cases made.”

The CAPITEL CROCE 2014 is 100% Garganega, aged for 8 months in French Oak and 9 months in the bottle. Fresh, fruit forward aroma guided by hints of peach, vanilla, honey and spring flowers. Dry, complex, beautifully balanced and structured, fat with rich, creamy fruit flavours; the use of  French oak adds a subtle and agreeable spiciness to this very accomplished wine, which ages for 15 years.

You’ll be glad to know that the rebel and his father made amends before Marino died, the latter coming to appreciate what his son had done for the family name. “My grandfather didn’t ever come to the winery,” Lisa says, “but finally when my father had success, my grandfather would tap him on the shoulder and say: ‘Not bad, not bad’.”

We are currently in the planning stages of bringing this iconic, cult Italian winemaker to Belfast in 2017 to meet the many fans we know his wines will very soon have here in Northern Ireland. Watch this space for further details.

To enquire about purchasing ANSELMI wines, email here for details.

Alaxander vs The Ham Factory Tempranillo

Alaxander vs The Ham Factory Award Winning Tempranillo

D.O Ribera del Duero 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) Crianza

Every Chef we’ve shown this wine to wants to have it no matter what’s in the bottle. Yet another supremely creative label from the Casa Rojo Wine Gurus stable, has chefs imagining all sorts of amazing porcine food pairings to present alongside Alexander and his bionic leg which has clearly been lost to the Ham Factory and is now probably sitting on the diner’s plate in some tantilising new shape and form. Thankfully what is inside the bottle more than does justice to the awesome label.

The multi award winning Alexander VS The Ham Factory is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) Crianza has spent 20 months ageing in American and French Oak Barrels and at least 6 months in the bottle. He was born from the best vineyards of Páramo del Duero, in Pesquera from 25 year old vines. Located at 950 meters of altitude, these vineyards of Tinto Fino grapes  mark the viticulture and the style of this singular Ribera del Duero 2013

Tasting Notes

A rich, carmine-red colour in the glass, it is intense and concentrated. The nose shows notes of liquorice, toasted oak and developed cherry and dark fruit; the palate is powerful, wide and long with a mineral note backing the fruit and spice.


– Gold Medal in CWSA Best Value 2015

– 93 points Gilbert & Gaillard 2015

– Diamond “Premios Mujer y Vino 2015”

– Gold Medal for the Best National Packaging. Anuaria 2015

Alexander V’s The Ham Factory is available to order now from GreatVine and is exclusive to GreatVine in Northern Ireland. eMail for pricing.

Alaxander vs The Ham Factory Tempranillo

Alaxander vs The Ham Factory Tempranillo

Alaxander vs The Ham Factory Tempranillo Wood Casket

Alaxander vs The Ham Factory Tempranillo Wood Casket


PASSO ANTICO at The Old Schoolhouse

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.



eMail to request pricing and order.

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

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