We love the Irish for their writers, philosophers, beer, whiskey and … wine? Believe it or not, the Irish have been producing some of the best wines in the world for generations, even though you may never have heard of an Irish wine.
These Irish winemakers are called Wine Geese, and they live all over the world (everywhere, in fact, except Ireland). Many of them belong to the Irish Order of the Wine Geese, a worldwide organization made up of Irish people in the wine industry. The Order's origins go back to 1691, when Irish soldiers first left Ireland to fight for other armies in Europe. Since then, anyone leaving Ireland has been called a Wild Goose, and someone who leaves Ireland and ends up in the wine industry is called a Wine Goose.
Wine Geese have made huge contributions to the international wine industry over the past 400 years. Irish families founded and currently run many famous wineries all over the world, including Chateau Lynch-Bages and Chateau Leoville Barton in Bordeaux; Jim Barry Wines in Australia; Hamilton Russell Vineyards in South Africa; Undurraga in Chile, and Concannon Vineyards and Chateau Montelena in California.
So, let's all raise a glass (of wine, not whiskey or Guinness!) to the Irish and enjoy the fruits of their labors!
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Photo Credit: Chateau Leoville Barton