Ocean House Collection, including the Forbes Five-Star Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn, announced last week the appointment of Matthew MacCartney as Group Wine Director.
In his new role, he will oversee the award-winning wine program throughout both properties and elevate the culinary and wine experiences in Ocean House’s Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, according to a press release.
Prior to Ocean House Collection, MacCartney worked at top establishments around the world including Daniel, Gramercy Tavern, and Craft in New York City; Les Prés d’Eugénie in Eugénie les Bains, France; and Ristorante Cibrèo in Florence, Italy. Closer to home, he was a part-owner and operated Jamestown Fish in Rhode Island from 2011 to 2018. During his tenure there, the restaurant was a five-time recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Best Award of Excellence,” and named one of “America’s Best 100 Wine Restaurants 2018” by Wine Enthusiast. MacCartney also serves as the Wine Director for the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, and is one of the co-founders for Avventura trips, a company that creates curated culinary and wine themed itineraries throughout Italy.
A chef by trade, MacCartney attended the New York City College of Technology and received a Bachelor of Technology in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts in 1994. He also holds a Level 4 Diploma in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student of the Institute of Masters of Wine.
MacCartney’s many industry recognitions include being voted “People’s Best New Chef” in New England twice by Food & Wine Magazine and “Best Wine Director” by Time Out.