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About GreatVine & Thomas Soliman

GreatVine was formed to re-educate the market in Ireland and the first step in doing that, is to import the finest selection of Prosecco and the various varieties of it from the best of the high quality and Artisan producers that we know intimately and work with in the Veneto Region of Italy.

Thomas M.Soliman

Thomas is the founder of GreatVine wine import agency, with a 37 year International career in the hospitality industry from the Middle East to Europe. having moved to live in Northern Ireland after 20 years working in the hospitality industry in Venice, Italy.  In 5 star hotels on the Grand Canal, he was famous for making the best Bellini cocktails in the city and was featured in Italy’s leading Hospitality publication ‘HD Magazine’ for his Bellini and Rossini cocktails where they also referred to him as a ‘Grande Professiontista’ – meaning a great professional.


What is Prosecco

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine made from Glera grapes and grown in the Province of Treviso in the Veneto region of North East Italy.

Prosecco is produced in the Province of Treviso North of Venice. Unlike Champagne, Prosecco is made with the Charmat method of producing sparkling wine,  in which the second fermentation takes place in pressurised tanks rather than in the bottle.  The first fermentation produces a still wine, and the bubbles are put in during the second fermentation in the autoclave or steel tanks. The shorter, less labour intensive method is ideal for Prosecco as it preserves the crisp, young, fresh flavor of the grapes and keeps it affordable. Time in the bottle is not a good thing for Prosecco, unlike Champagne. This is why many Prosecco producers will bottle several times a year so that the Prosecco is kept as fresh at it can be, rather than bottling their entire production at one time.  Prosecco is known as the main ingredient of the Bellini cocktail and has more recently become popular as a less expensive substitute for Champagne, but also as an alternative to those who find champagne too dry or acidic.


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