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Waterford`s Medieval Wine Trade

Waterford`s Medieval Wine Trade

26th September, 2014

Waterford`s Medieval Wine Trade

Gerry Gunnigan recently presented the first of two wine tastings for the Harvest Festival in Waterford.

"We had two broad themes for the tasting. First we looked at wine from antiquity to the modern day, and saw what has remained constant over the last 6000 years, and what has changed. We tasted three wines at this point, Alpha Zeta Soave 2013 from Italy, Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from New Zealand and Zorah Karasi Areni Noir 2012 from Armenia.

The second theme was about Waterford‘s medieval wine trade. Waterford was one of four royal cities in Ireland, and controlled the trade in the South East. Such was the volume coming through the city that it imported more than the other three cities, Dublin, Cork and Limerick combined. The city jealously protected its position in the trade, even going to war with nearby New Ross to end a 300 year trade dispute between the city and town.

We tasted three wines to finish the evening. Château Blaignan Médoc 2009 represented Waterford‘s links to Bordeaux. Finca Villacreces Pruno Ribera del Duero 2012 referred to the switch to Spain following the 100 Years War. Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Grenache 2011 was the wine to represent the present day trade in Waterford.

Thanks to Declan from World Wide Wines and Donnchadh from the Medieval Museum for setting it all up."

The photo is of the wine vault under the museum, dating from 1440 and the oldest wine cellar in Ireland.