German winemaker, Carl Ehrhard

Wine Students

We were delighted to have welcomed renowned German winemaker, Carl Ehrhard, to the school recently, where he presented a range of his wines to the students. There is a Riesling renaissance taking place and a renewed interest in wines from Germany, not only their Riesling’s, but also their Pinot Noir’s, so it was great that the students were able to learn first hand all about these fantastic wines.


Carl Ehrhard pictured with Joe Karwig, Karwig Wines, Carrigaline, Cork, who very kindly arranged this visit . Our thanks also to Marcus, from Karwig Wines, and of course to Joe, for a fantastic wine evening presentation at the school.


A rich 150-old tradition of producing high-quality Riesling and Spätburgunder wines. Cultivated across 10 hectares of the best vineyard sites in Rüdesheim, our wines boast the typically delicate playfulness, so characteristic of the Rheingau region. Quality optimisation both in the vineyards and in the winery is the fundamental principle of the Carl and Petra Ehrhard family.


“Striking a harmonious balance between tradition and innovation”– is the aspiration defining the wines from the Carl Ehrhard winery 

Alberto Antonini, Poggiotondo Estate, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Alberto Antonini

Tuesday 2nd June 2009.
Alberto Antonini, owner/winemaker, Poggiotondo Estate, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy. See
Alberto is also a wine consultant to other wine estates in Italy (in fact Jamie Olivier’s ‘Fifteen’ restaurant team go to Alberto’s family wine estate to learn about wine. Alberto also makes his own Olive Oil).Before Alberto set up his own wine consultancy, he was winemaker at some of Italy’s most famous winemaking estates, including Frescobaldi and Antorini. He is now also a renowned wine consultant of international standing, involved with winemaking and wine projects throughout the wine world, including Languedoc in the South of France, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, California and Australia. He gave a tutored wine presentation with a tasting of two wines he makes – a Toscana Bianco and a Chianti Superiore.
We would like to thank Gerry Gunnigan, Liberty Wines for arranging this visit.

Alberto Antonini

John McDonnell, Wine Australia

We were to delighted to welcome John McDonnell, Wine Australia, back to Ballymaloe Cookery School. John’s great wine presentation every 12-week cookery course is always very much enjoyed and appreciated by the students, as well as the interactive power-point tasting presentation, which was a huge hit. John very kindly presented each of the students with one for themselves. A tutored tasting by John led us through the various styles and regions of Australia, from sparkling rose, the latest white wine trends, comparative shiraz tasting and finishing with a sweet wine. A brilliant morning and our thanks to John.

John McDonnell, Wine Australia
John McDonnell, Wine Australia

The Five Winemakers Weekend at Ballymaloe.

Five Winemakers Food and Wine Workshops and Gala Dinner, 9th and 10th May 2009
The Five Winemakers Weekend at Ballymaloe. Siobhan Harnett, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough; Matt Steel, Domaine Chandon, Yarra Valley; Robert Mann, Cape Mentelle, Margaret River; Gustavo Sanchez, Terrazas de los Andes, Mendoza and Nicholas Audebert, Cheval des Andes, Mendoza (a joint venture between Chateau Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux and Terrazas de los Andes, Mendoza).

Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School in association with Moet Hennessy Estates and Wines were delighted recently to host the sole Irish stop of the Five Winemakers European Tour 2009.  Over the weekend, the winemakers had wine workshops at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in association with Rory O’Connell (see, where a particular dish was created by Rory in the cookery demonstration at the school and a wine was matched with the dish, with the winemaker doing a tutored tasting of the wine.

On Saturday evening at Ballymaloe House, the Five Winemakers Gala Dinner was held, again with another of the winemakers wines matched up with a special food and wine matching menu. At each course, the winemakers in turn spoke about their wines as they were served with each course.

The winemakers themselves enjoyed the weekend and hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome them back in the future. If you would like to add your e-mail to the mailing list for future wine events at Ballymaloe, please e-mail your contact details to
Rory O’Connell with Nicholas Audebert, Cheval des Andes, Mendoza; Matt Steel, Domaine Chandon, Yarra Valley;Siobhan Harnett, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough; Gustavo Sanchez, Terrazas de los Andes, Mendoza and Robert Mann, Cape Mentelle, Margaret River.

Lanson Champagne

Lisa Bennett from Lanson Champagne gave a comparative tasting to the
students of a Non-Vintage Champagne and a Vintage 1998 Champagne. The Wine
Report 2009, edited by champagne expert, Tom Stevenson, lists Lanson
Champagne at No. 1 in his Top 10 list of fastest improving champagne houses,
and he also rates the Lanson N.V. as the most consistent in style and
quality of the champagne marques for the past two years. So the students had
a real treat and needless to say the comparative tasting was both
informative and enjoyable! Our thanks to Lisa and also to Michael Henchy, of
Tindal Wine Merchants for arranging this visit and tasting.


Attached photograph shows Lisa Bennett, Lanson Champagne; Michael Henchy,
Tindal Wines, and Colm.

Meet the winemakers from these Iconic New World wines in person

Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School in association with Moët Hennessy Wines are running a unique wine event  over the weekend of  9th/10th May 2009

Meet the winemakers from these Iconic New World wines in person:

  • Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand  Sioban Harnett
  • Domaine Chandon/Green Point, Yarra Valley, South Australia  Matt Steele
  • Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, Western Australia   Robert Mann
  • Terrazas, Mendoza, Argentina  Gustavo Sanchez
  • Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina  Nicolas Audebert

(Cheval des Andes is a joint venture with Chateau Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux)

Moët Hennessy 5 Winemakers Gala Dinner – WAITLISTED

The Long Room, Ballymaloe House, Saturday evening, May 9th 8.30pm

Attend this fabulous 6 course Food and Wine dinner hosted by the winemakers from these 5 Iconic New world wineries. Each course will be partnered with a wine that will be presented by one of the winemakers. Each wine and food pairing will be a prefect combination of flavours.

As places are limited for this unique dinner, booking ahead is strongly advised

Food and Wine workshops at the Ballymaloe Cookery School – PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

Saturday afternoon, May 9th, and Sunday morning, May 10th

Attend a series of  seminars covering iconic wine and food pairings.Each session will be presented by Rory O’Connell (see ) in partnership with the winemaker. Taste the perfect combination of freshly prepared food with these wines. Learn how to prepare these perfect food pairings for yourself. Learn about these modern day Iconic wines, how they were made, followed by tutored tasting by the wine winemaker.

    Saturday May 9th
    2-3 pm    Domaine Chandon/Green Point, Yarra Valley with Matt Steele
    3.15 – 4.15pm  Cape Mentelle, Margaret River with Robert Mann
    4.30 – 5.30 pm   Terrazas, Mendoza with Gustavo Sanchez
    Sunday -May 10th
    11 – 12pm  Cloudy Bay, Marlborough with Sioban Harnett
    12.15 – 1.30 pm  Cheval des Andes, Mendoza with Nicolas Audebert


Open to all, we look forward to welcoming you at some or all of these unique and once-off food and wine events over the weekend. Dinner, including wines €85. Workshops €25.

For further information and bookings for dinner, workshops or accommodation, please contact:

Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork. Tel:  021 4652531