Sunday, 09, May 2021

Our Commitment To Serving Sustainable, Vegan & Organic Wine

Philip Dunne, Group Sommelier at the Doyle Collection shares the exciting news that we have expanded our range of sustainable,vegan and organic wine across our fabulous restaurants and bars, working with some of the best modern vineyards in Britain and beyond. One hotel even now boasts an all organic and vegan-friendly wine list.

Doyle bar at The Dupont Circle hotel


We are increasing the sustainably produced wine on offer

“Sustainability is at the heart of The Doyle Collection and this has become increasingly important to our hotel group in recent years.

Our wine programme is following suit with other initiatives throughout the collection by promoting sustainability.

Sustainable wines aim to protect the environment, establish social responsibility, retain economic feasibility, and produce high quality wines.”

A table with brunch and an open bottle of Rathfinny Classic Cuvee


As of 2021, all wines available to guests dining in The Grill Room of The River Club in The River Lee in Cork are produced using sustainable practices.

By 2023, it is our commitment in the Doyle Collection to extend this all of our hotels, so that all of our restaurants and bars will make available sustainable only wines, such as Rathfinny Estate English Sparkling Wine, to our guests.

This commitment plays a part in our wider goals to make our hotel group even more sustainable.

Our commitment to vegan friendly wines
In 2021, The Grill Room restaurant at The River Lee in Cork will be the first restaurant in The Doyle Collection to serve an exclusively produced all-organic and vegan-friendly wine list.

The Grill Room restaurant at The River Lee hotel


We started serving vegan friendly wine in 2018 at WILDE in The Westbury hotel in Dublin and we have gone on to increase our vegan wine selection in our hotel group.

Over the next 3-5 years we have plans to offer an increasing number of vegan-friendly wine at all of our bars and restaurants across our luxury hotel group. 

What is vegan wine?
Vegan wine is exactly the same as 'normal wine'. It is made in the same way, using the same grapes and the only difference is the fining process.

It’s important to note, wines that are vegan-friendly are not compromised in any way on their quality.  Vegan wine is either natural wine that has not been fined, or it has been fined using natural substances such as clay or charcoal instead of animal derived substances.

Our organic wine promise
Our promise at the Doyle Collection is that any new wine we offer to our guests from 2021 onwards will come from a winery that limits, or restricts their use of harmful chemicals.

The Westbury, The River Lee, and The Croke Park hotels in Ireland will champion this commitment over the coming years by being the first Irish hotels to highlight and focus on the organic and vegan wines throughout their respective wine lists.

What is organic wine?
An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides.

Though there’s a very high cost for winemakers to officially ‘certify’ their wines as organic (which is unaffordable for many small wineries), lots of winemakers tend to avoid this cost though still practicing organic farming of grapes in their vineyards.