It’s a rare opportunity for a peek.
East Cork’s Ballymaloe House Hotel is opening its historic cave wine cellar deep in the foundations of the house for one weekend in March.
The experience, designed to thrill visiting wine lovers, will be part of a two-night tasting journey at the world-famous foodie hot spot.
Ballymaloe House Hotel Head Sommelier Samuel Chantoiseau and esteemed wine tutor Colm McCan will introduce guests to food and wine pairing, explore emerging trends, and refine their palates during the event, which is taking place at the start of Ballymaloe’s 60th anniversary.
“During the event, guests will delve into a diverse world of wines from various regions and grape varieties, learning about the nuances of organic, biodynamic, and natural wines,” they told us.
Ballymaloe House Hotel focuses its wine list on natural wines, made in organically or biodynamically farmed vineyards with indigenous (wild) yeast, and minimal or no added sulphites, resulting in more purity, vibrancy, and vitality.
The cellar itself holds its own magic. Over the years the walls have been adorned with photos of winemakers, distributors, and wine writers who have visited Ballymaloe House Hotel through the decades, including greats like Jancis Robinson MW, John Wilson, and Hugh Johnson.
“One of the particularly notable items on the cellar wall is an article by the late great Myrtle Allen, founder of Ballymaloe House,” they added.
“The piece from The Farmer’s Journal, under the heading ‘The Wild Geese,’ dates back to 1966, and was written following a trip Myrtle made to the famous wine district of Bordeaux in France, where many of the vineyards have strong Irish connections.”
The full weekend package including accommodation, meals and wine talks and experiences is €1,190 per room and you can check out the details here.