This Saint Patrick’s weekend lets pay a tribute to the "Wine Geese" , the emigrant Irish families who, from the 17th century onwards, played significant and enduring roles in the global development of wine.

The Wine Geese have a new alumni, Cork native and chat show king, Graham Norton.  Graham joined the illustrious ranks of the global Irish wine diaspora in 2014 with the release of the first vintage of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc.

For his first vintage, New Zealand winery Invivo flew fresh picked Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Marlborough to London, to be squashed by Graham’s feet.  That first wine was only available in New Zealand and sold out 14,000 bottles in a number of days 

However, the GeNie was out of the bottle, the 2015 Vintage garnered a number of awards including 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Silver Medals at the International Wine & Spirit competition and International Wine Challenge in London and a Double Gold at the 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards. It was the was the first vintage to be released in Ireland and it sold out fast! 

In 2016 a star was born, that vintage, grown in Marlborough, blended in Bantry was a sell out!  By 2017 one in every 10 bottles of NZ wine sold in Ireland was a Graham Norton wine.

Here is full blending session in Ireland

Each vintage Graham has teamed up with his with New Zealand wine partners, Invivo to choose his blend in a fun video (released when the vintage is released).
The Graham Norton range has expanded to include a Rosé and a Shiraz.  The range continues to grow to meet the growing demand by the Irish consumer for GN wines, watch out for the latest addition to the range due for release in late Spring 2018 Graham Norton’s Own Prosecco.

Graham’s wines have now won over 50 medals including a trophy at the UK’s People’s Choice Awards, gold at the Global Sauvignon Masters, US publication Wine Advocate has also awarded Graham’s Sauvignon 90 points and the Graham Norton Sauvignon has been chosen for Qantas Business class.

They hope to sell 3 million bottles of Graham’s wines in 2018. Graham Norton Wines are available at Supervalu, Centra, Tesco & Joyces of Knocknacarra, Galway. RRP €14.99

For more details about Invivo see below


Invivo make wine their mates would drink, and talk about it the same way they would: honest, down to earth, and without too much BS.

That’s been the deal since they started back in 2008… two homesick Kiwis in a London pub with a dream of taking New Zealand wine to the world. Two maxed out credit cards and a vintage later they were away!

Since 08, Invivo became New Zealand’s first equity crowdfunded winery, collected a bunch of gongs including World’s Best Sauvignon Blanc and in 2016 moved into one of New Zealand’s oldest wineries, where they continue to turn the world’s best grapes into New Zealand wine that’s picking up fans from Cork to New York.

Traditional winemaking is all about heritage, history, cobweb-filled cellars and old guys talking about complex oak noses.  Invivo is not about that. From the way they’ve funded the company to the way they tell their story to the world

In 2014, they launched the first sell out vintage of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc. Today, Graham’s wines, sell in 8 countries.  In 2015, the Sauvignon won the most successful consumer launch award in Ireland.

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