Ashford Castle restaurant wins international title of Excellence at the 2022 Wine Spectator Awards

In recognition of its wine cellar, which services all of the food outlets on the Ashford Castle Estate, the George V restaurant has been awarded a Best of Award of Excellence in one of the world’s most prestigious awards programmes, for a sixth consecutive year. 

Wine Spectator's annual Restaurant Awards recognise restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.  

Guests of Ashford Castle can experience the castle’s 16th Century wine cellars, secret passageways that were only unearthed during recent restorations. Originally used as the servants’ entrance, a coal bunker and underground walkway, the cellars have been lovingly transformed.  They now provide intimate private spaces to enjoy dining experiences and wine tasting from the castle’s expansive list of over 600 wines, including selections from the world-renowned Bouchard Finlayson winery. The Bouchard Finlayson winery is owned by Ashford Castle’s owners, the Tollman family of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and collaboratively run by Victoria Tollman and Peter Finlayson. Bouchard Finlayson wines are available in Ireland exclusively at Ashford Castle and sister hotel, The Lodge at Ashford.

Niall Rochford, general manager at Ashford Castle says they are so proud of the team, expertly lead by Robert Bowe. “Together with the estate’s passionate sommeliers, Robert curates a wonderful and interesting wine list and enjoys sharing with guests his expert recommendations.  Robert first helped us win this award as far back as 1996 “.





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