September 29th 2008...
“Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
It was reading these nuggets of inspriation that finally led Richard and Olivia Finney to leave perfectly comfortable (but ultimately unfulfilling) jobs working for "Big 4" Accountancy Firms in Belfast and up sticks to Donegal to pursue their passion in wine by opening a wine shop. Brave enough choice, but little did they appreciate that the opening day of business (see above) just happened to coincide with the signing of the Irish Bank Guarantee Scheme, signalling the start of one of the worst recessions in modern history!
Never one to blame others for potential failure, they buckled down and set about getting in front of as many potential customers (in person) as possible. Over the first 5 years Richard organised over 100 wine courses (many at a price to simply cover cost) with a view to winning as many people over to good, single vineyard "clean" wines as possible and generate a County of wine lovers!
Within 2 years of opening the business moved to a larger premises. Within 5 years we teamed up with great Irish producers such as Badger & Dodo Coffee Roasters and Sheridan's Cheesemongers to add a food offering and within 7 years we doubled in size with the addition of an adjoining coffee shop. We've won several awards including Startup Business of the Year and Overall Business of the Year in the Donegal County Enterprise Awards. We have also been included in the McKennas Guides for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and included in Georgina Campbell's guides along with inclusion in her latest book "Ireland's Best of the Best"!
We hope to see you in soon!