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About Us

Karwig Wines was founded by Joe Karwig in 1979. Originally from Bremen in Germany, Joe arrived in Cork over thirty years ago with the aim of bringing the wines of his homeland to the south of Ireland. He set up one of the first wine shops in Cork.  Built upon his passion and enthusiasm for quality wines, Karwig Wines now caters for for restaurants, hotels, pubs, corporate companies and private customers.


Joe passed away in October 2016, but his legacy for quality wines has continued on with his wife Betty and son Jurgen. Together they strive to continue Joe's philisophy:  "Life is too short to drink boring wine!"


At Karwig Wines, we specialise in selected and estate bottled wines from all over the world and have built up an impressive list of over 500 wines. Our wines are stocked by top Irish restaurants and some wines are available in select retail outlets and various wine shops around the country. Joe reserved a special place for Riesling, which he regarded as the "best white grape in the world".



At Karwig Wines, it's all about the wine. We have one of the broadest selections of wine from a wonderful collection of Old World and New World producers. Each and every producer and wine has been personally picked. The quality of our range of wine is a great source of pride, particularly our German wine range which is the biggest in Ireland.


Every Saturday, in our comfortable tasting room, we open several bottles for customers to try out. We do our best to have a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere in our shop. We cater for the serious wine connoisseur, the casual wine drinker and everyone in between.