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Apr 15, 2020

Before everything locked down we had the distinct honor of chatting to Villa Maria viticulturist Stuart Dudley. The occasion was the premier of the Villa Maria movie 'Vintage'. It was a suitably glittering launch held at the Stella in Rathmines and hosted by Irish agents Barry Fitzwilliam.    and yes, I managed to forget Stuart was the viticulturist and not the winemaker!! Blame the popcorn. 

Stuart entertaining Tomas Clancy at the Stella event

Vintage follows the major players as they take on the task of bringing grapes in for a vintage in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This is a hands on movie best viewed with a glass of Villa Maria close by! It's a really great watch and highly recommended. Watch a trailer HERE.


We recorded this podcast on a make shift 'studio' at the stage in Rathmines just before the movie began. My photo doesn't do us justice. It was quite innovative and Stuart was brilliant.

Villa Maria continues to make great wine. They can only do this by growing great grapes. That's Stuart's job spec and this is his podcast. 

For more on Villa Maria listen to our Villa Maria podcast from last year with Villa Maria legend Angela Lewis


While all restaurants in Ireland are closed right now they WILL open again. We all hope that this is soon. We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and when they do reopen they will need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 

Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.

Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.