Wine Moments Coming to Kilkenny with The Wine Buff Opening
New to the area, Gary Davidson and Gabi Baronetti are immersing themselves into the local community by opening the most recent Wine Buff franchise at 29 Patrick Street, Kilkenny.
Gabi and Gary met in the heart of the wine region of the Western Cape of South Africa, a stone's throw from the best wineries the country has to offer. In South Africa, they ran a farmstall that stocked artisan food from local producers and a pub. In December 2019, they emigrated to Ireland to be closer to family and returning to Gabi’s roots, her mother was from Wicklow.
“After coming to Ireland, we were looking for a suitable business venture, something that we would both enjoy doing into our old age. The Wine Buff shop is a good blend of our previous businesses in South Africa plus good wine is a big love of ours,” Gabi explains.
“Wine can help create great moments, accompanying a good meal, a natter with a friend or a beautiful sunset. We also love its versatility. A bottle of Red on a cold day can warm the soul, or a crisp White or Rose is refreshing on a warm day. Wine reminds us of the adage ‘If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.’ We’re excited to be doing something that we both love,” adds Gabi.
Gabi comments on why Kilkenny, “We were drawn to Kilkenny with its rich diversity and energetic vibe. The city’s festivals and foodie culture lends itself as the perfect place for a wine shop like this. When things return to normal, we are looking forward to taking part in community events and working with the other shop owners.”
The Wine Buff Kilkenny opened its doors on October 30, 2020, just in time for locals to safely shop for perfect gifts for Christmas with free local delivery available on all orders.