Meet the Makers Tour

Meet The Makers Tour

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Meet the Makers Tour

Escape Dublin city on a guided day trip to Wicklow. Enjoy a food and drink trail to a country estate, a winery, a brewery and a distillery. You’ll Meet the Makers who produce Wicklow’s local food, wine, beer and whiskey.

This day tour brings you behind the scenes of the local Irish food and drinks industry in Co Wicklow – also known as the Garden of Ireland. The tour is an experiential one with the opportunity to connect with the real people behind some of the fantastic innovations happening in Ireland’s food and drink scene today.

Each Maker produce traditional Irish food and drink with a contemporary twist. We will be pairing these delicious delights on our visits.

We depart from the Kilkenny shop in Dublin city centre and can facilitate pickups in Wicklow along the way. This tour is ideal for small private groups of 10-16 people.

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In conjunction with Taste the Island, we are running tours throughout the Autumn for anyone to join. Here are the dates these are running – Oct 3rd, 13th, 19th and 26th.

Every Saturday in November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.

The minimum number is 6 for the tour to run and we will let you know by the Thursday before the tour if this number has not been met and either get you onto another date or issue you with a full refund.

Check out www.meetthemakerswicklow.ie for more details.

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Tour Details

The Grand Estate at Killruddery

grand_estate_kilrudderyKillruddery House is our first stop where you’ll experience a taste of Killruddery, a true sensory experience, blending the history of this 17th century house with the “down to earth” in the Kitchen Garden, where you will hear about the heritage and horticulture before foraging, smelling, tasting, and picking seasonal herbs & salad leaves. The chef will meet you to offer Killruddery pork sausage rolls along with your freshly picked leaves, tea & coffee and a sweet taster, which you can eat in the charming Horse Yard or by the fire in the comfort of the rustic Shoot Room. Your guide will be owner-manager Fionnuala Ardee wife of “Lord Ardee”, part of the 16th generation of Brabazons to live at Killruddery!

A healthy, outdoorsy start to the day with some beautiful photo opportunities over the grand estate.

Pam and Brett, Makers of Wicklow Way Wines

Here we’ll meet Pamela and Brett, the creators of Móinéir, Ireland’s first and only premium berry wines. Ireland has a long but little-known history of making wines from the wild, native fruits of the island. Tour the winery with Pamela or Brett, and hear how they’ve built on the old traditions to create with care and passion, their award winning

Móinéir, Irish for meadow, fruit wines made from 100% Irish fruit.Irish Strawberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Wines. Experience the new wines, fermenting or maturing and then enjoy a taste of each of the matured wines and relish their unique characteristics, from the aromas to the colours and flavours. Having tasted the wines you’ll experience them again paired with local artisan cheeses and chocolates. This is a truly unique wine tasting experience.

Tasty range of Craft Beers at Wicklow Wolf

Our next stop is the Wicklow Wolf Brewery where you’ll enjoy a tour and tasting of their Irish craft beers. Wicklow Wolf are brewers of exceptional beers, brewed without compromise and with true passion, locally rooted and one with nature.

Meet Quincey or Simon, co-owners of this brewery for a fun and informal tour and tasting. Wicklow Wolf Brewery are brave enough to grow their own hops in Ireland, no mean feat with our climate!

Tour the brand new brew-house, see, smell and taste the ingredients and learn about the brewing process before tasting the pack.

Taste Wicklow Whiskey at the Powerscourt Distillery

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Set against the backdrop of the Great Sugarloaf Mountain and drawing from an underground lake of pure water that lies beneath the Estate, Powerscourt sets the perfect stage for distilling Irish whiskey. Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery and on-site maturation warehouse followed by three samples of their award winning Fercullen Irish Whiskeys and carefully selected food pairings.

Additional Information

Things to Bring: Your excited tastebuds!

This tour departs Dublin at 9am from the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street arriving back to Dublin city centre approx 5:30pm.
Full Day tour, should anyone wish to overnight in Wicklow, the last stop is in Bray which has many hotels on the sea-front close to The Harbour Bar voted 'The Best Bar in the World' by Lonely Planet in 2010. It's right beside the DART rail line which is handy to get to/from Dublin city centre.

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