Did you know that Waterford was once the medieval wine capital of Ireland?

Wine Vault
In the Middle Ages, so much wine was imported through Waterford it became known as the 'wine capital of Ireland'.

Many centuries ago, Waterford was awash with wine. We are not saying it’s so different today either, truth be told. However, it’s pretty impressive this medieval city was the biggest importer of wine back in the Middle Ages. Now that’s not something you hear every day.

In fact, wine was a very popular drink amongst all ages, including children because often, the water was too contaminated to drink.

A very, wealthy wine merchant named Peter Rice built the oldest wine vault in the country right here in Waterford. You can visit it at Waterford Treasures Museum while soaking up a little history about the vault itself.

Winecellar
14th-century wine cellar

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