Meet the Makers tour
Day trip to meet the makers
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 the ‘Garden of Ireland’. You will have the opportunity to connect with the real people behind some of the fantastic innovations happening in Ireland’s food and drink scene today.
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.
The Grand Estate at Killruddery
Killruddery 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
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.