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Trip 2017 Northeast Italy (23–30 April) – Alto Adige/Südtirol, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia: organised by Carol Cunningham, with help from the committee, especially David Rorke and Mary McCormack.

Sunday 23 April: Dublin–Bozen/Bolzano
Monday 24 April: Alto Adige
Franz Haas (Liberty)
Alois Lageder (Alken Brothers)
Lunch:  Paradeis Restaurant, Alois Lageder Winery
Elena Walch (Quintessential Wines)
Tuesday 25 April: Alto Adige
Ansitz Dornach (Grape Circus)
Lunch: Garten-Hofsätatter, Termeno/Tramin
Weingut Eberlehof, Bozen/Bolzano
Wednesday 26 April: Trentino and Veneto
Tenuta San Leonardo (Classic Drinks)
Lunch: Ristorante Al Capello, Breganze
Maculan
Thursday 27 April: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Gravner
Vie di Romans (Liberty)
Lunch: Osteria Campiello, San Giovanni al Natisone
Livio Felluga (Liberty)
Friday 28 April: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Mario Schiopetto
Jermann
Lunch: Jermann
Tenuta Angoris
Saturday 29 April: Treviso
Free day. Final dinner at Toni del Spin, Treviso
Sunday 30 April: Venice–Dublin

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Dipsos with Michele Jermann at Jermann (minus Máirín)

Trip 2016 Northwest Portugal (16–23 April): organised by Natalie Jessa, with help from the committee (Sheila Gahan, Mary McCormack, David Rorke and Aisling Donnelly). Visits were to Hotel Buçaco (mixture of Bairrada and Dão grapes) and to Taylor’s and Graham’s Port houses. Sunday lunch was in Gaveto Restaurant, Matosinhos, with Anna (Muxagat Wines), Pedro Coelho (Pormenor) and Luisa Vieira de Sousa (Vieira da Sousa Port). Visits were to Quinta de Soalheiro, Anselmo Mendes and Quinta do Ameal (Vinho Verde), Quinta do Vallado, Quinta Vale Doña Maria, Wine & Soul, Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Noval and Luis Seabra Winery (Douro), Quinta da Pellada, Quinta da Passarela and Quinta dos Roques (Dão) and Filipa Pato and Luis Pato (Bairrada). Lunch on Friday was with Mario Sergio of Quinta da Bágeiras (Bairrada).

Tasting with Sandra at Wine & Soul

Tasting with Sandra at Wine & Soul

Quinta do Crasto vineyards

Quinta do Crasto vineyards

Taylor's tasting room

Taylor’s tasting room

Tasting at Quinta de Soalheiro

Tasting at Quinta de Soalheiro


Trip  2015 Austria (19–26 April) Organised by Carol Cunningham. We visited Heuriger Ingrid Groiss (Weinviertel), FX Pichler, Domäne Wachau, Weingut Emmerich Knoll, Weingut Johann Donabaum and Weingut Alzinger (Wachau), Weingut Malat (Kremstal), Weingut Willi Brundlmayer, Weingut Loimer and Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg (Kamptal), Weingut Claus Preisinger, Weingut Gernot and Heike Heinrich, Weinlaubenhof Kracher and Weingut Feiler-Artinger (Burgenland-Neusiedlersee), Weingut Johanneshof Reinisch (Thermenregion) and Weingut Wieninger (Vienna).

Lorna, Niamh, Nicholas, Siobhán, Bronwyn & Paul at Domäne Wachau

Lorna, Niamh, Nicholas, Siobhán, Bronwyn & Paul at Domäne Wachau

Aisling in Domäne Wachau

Aisling in Domäne Wachau

Presentation to Emmerich Knoll

Carol making the presentation to Emmerich Knoll

Sheila in the Schloss Gobelsburg library

Sheila in the Schloss Gobelsburg library

Trip 2014 Galicia (10–17 May) Organised by Natalie Jessa, Sheila Gahan, Mary McCormack, Aisling Donnelly and David Rorke. Visits were to Bodegas y Vinedos Forjas del Salnes, Bodegas Nanclares, Bodegas Gerardo Méndez and Pazo de Senorans (Rías Baixas), Coto de Gomariz (Ribeiro), Adega Algueira, Guimara and Dominio de Bibei (Ribeira Sacra), Rafael Palacios (Valdeorras), Descendientes de J Palacios (Ricardo Palacios), Bodegas Pittacum and Bodegas Estefania (Bierzo) and, a wonderful day with Raúl Pérez, when we visited his own winery plus his family’s and had a superb meal in his grandmother’s house.

In the vineyard with Rafael Palacios

In the vineyard with Rafael Palacios

In the winery with Raúl Peréz

In the winery with Raúl Peréz

Palacio de Fefiñanes vineyard with old vines

Palacio de Fefiñanes vineyard with old vines

Tasting with Raúl Peréz

Tasting with Raúl Peréz

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