A Family of wines that bring families together.
“Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It's the warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.” Robert Mondavi (1999).
Cavavin wines are the embodiment of family - a family of winegrowers and winemakers, since their conception 35 years ago. These wine families are authentic and have been passionate about wine for generations.
Cavavin is a large family network that endeavours to unite wine merchants, winemakers, and the consumer. It is a company that focuses on family continuity within the group. It was founded by Michel Bourel in 1985 and today’s General Manager is Olivier Mermuys, the founder’s son-in-law. It is the leading wine shop in France and the ambassador of ‘The French Art de Vivre’. 
It is Cavavin Ireland’s ambition that you get to experience joy at the dinner table with our fantastic range of wine styles and authentic selections with accompanying artisan Sheridan’s cheese and meats, Limerick's Eleven14 coffee and artisan locally produced nibbles and chocolates to finish. We are proud to have so many families of wines to offer you in-store and online. Here are just a few of our favourites.
(The Genealogy of Wine)
France - the Mourat Family
The Mourat name creates cosmopolitan wines from a cosmopolitan vineyard. The Mourat name is synonymous with wine for generations. The family started out as winegrowers and saltgrowers until the late 19th Century, then for three generations the family was synonymous with wine merchants.
In 1974, Jean created and crafted the vineyard that is today, the proud home of Chateau Marie du Fou.
In 1998, son Jérémie joined and accelerated the adventure by establishing two estates - Clos Saint André in 2006 and Moulin Blanc in 2011. For more than 10 years the estates have gone into organic farming or organic conversion.
Mourat’s white wine grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. The main red wine grapes are Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet  Franc. Mourat wines see a marriage of traditional Loire Valley grapes with non-traditional grape varieties from South-West France. Not your typical wine marriages but, in my opinion, they are the perfect match!
At Cavavin Ireland, we have a number of Mourat wine styles for you to explore and discover:
Cab Sauv/Pinot Noir/Cab Franc/Négrette
Dark & Complex
“The Queen of the Mourat Family. It’s history in your glass!”
This is a collection of red, white, and rosé wines. They are made in a contemporary style. They focus on authenticity and ingenuity of exceptional grape varietal blends. Pleasure wines that are so accessible, affordable, and easy to drink.
O.V.N.I / U.F.O Cuvées

Sauv blanc/Chardonnay
Explosive & Fruity
“A Best Cellar”

100% Grolleau
Crisp & Zesty
“New In and is a Zingy Delight!”
Spain - Les Passeurs de Vins “The Wine Smugglers”
Although not a family rooted in place, La Cave de Contrabandiers brings you a unique duo Les Passeurs de Vins, Lionel Osmin a winemaker extraordinaire from South-West France and French rugby player extraordinaire Imanol Harinorduquy. Together, since 2015, they are creating a new family of wines rooted in passion, modernity, and that are accessible and affordable.

The selection of wines are personal selections brought about by passion and love for the regions in question. The duo are there from start to finish seeing out the wine's journey bringing modern, gourmet, and affordable wines to your glass.
Cavavin Ireland has a selection of three wine styles for you to explore and discover:

Encierro Vino de España Tempranillo 2020

100% Tempranillo
Smooth & Juicy
“A wine born out of a love for festivals. The perfect party wine”

Smooth & Juicy
“Translates to naughty slang but is a surprising delight to taste!”

El Chocolatero 2021

Tempranillo/Grenache/Cab Sauv/Shiraz
Smooth & Juicy
“Louise’s Special Selection at the moment”

Marques del Villar Rioja 2021

Dark & Complex
“This wine was an immediate favourite with all of the team.”

Crisp & Zesty
”This white has an instant charm. You’ll love it!”
Italy - Bottega

A family of vintners since 1635 - four centuries of passion for viticulture. Since the 17th Century, the family and its ancestors (at the time tenant farmers) have been cultivating the vine and modernising its enterprise to the present day where its wines, prosecco, and grappas are renowned all over the world and have won over 350 awards for their wines and liquors. The winery has estates and cellars rooted in Valpolicella (Venice), and Tuscany.

At Cavavin Ireland, we currently have two wine styles for you to explore and discover:

Warm & Velvety
“It may be Amarone’s little brother but it's by no means little in taste!”

Bottega Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016

100% Sangiovese
Warm & Velvety
“One of Italy’s most prestigious red wines”

Bottega Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2017

Warm & Velvety
“The wine of the Gods”

Prosecco/Sparkling range

Pronol Cuvée Frizzante
Pronol Millesimato Spumante Brut

The Lebanon - Chateau Musar

In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar (pronounced Hoshar) founded Chateau Musar. His inspiration was Lebanon’s 6,000-year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. Would you believe, there is an Irish link with this story as Major Ronald Barton (an old family of Ireland from the 18th Century), of Château Langoa-Barton, was stationed in Lebanon during World War II and became a great friend, strengthening the links between Chateau Musar and Bordeaux (and Ireland) that remain to this day.

In 1959, Gaston’s son Serge became the chief winemaker. Today, son’s Mark and Gaston take care of day-to-day operations of the winery and Tarek Sakr is chief winemaker. It's been a family affair since 1930 and its roots continue strong today despite war (1975-1990) and political strife.
Winemaker Tarek Sakr says that “when you drink Musar, it's so much more than wine, it's people's lives. It’s also organic and truly wonderful.”

At Cavavin Ireland, we currently have two red styles available for you to explore and discover:

Chateau Musar 2016

An equal blend of Cab Sauv/Cinsault/Carignan
Dark & Complex
“Velvety soft, lots of depth & dark fruits”

Chateau Hochar Pere et Fils 2019

50%Cinsault, 40%Grenache, 10%Cab Sauv
Dark & Complex
“If you like Chateauneuf-du-Pape, then you’ll love this!”
September 15, 2023 — Louise O'Brien