When we first think of vineyards, France or Italy are probably the first countries that come to your mind. But, did you know Wales is home to some amazing vineyards and offers some outstanding wines? Have a look at our top picks of Vineyards in Wales that you can visit.
Penarth Vineyard is situated on a unique riverside location, in the Montgomeryshire region of Powys in mid-Wales. The first crop was produced in 2003, and the rest is history!
An interesting fact about Penarth Vineyard is that they grow grapes believed to be unsuitable for the UK climate, yet the grapes still face the elements which them a richness of flavour and depth of character.
Penarth Vineyard also has a delicatessen in Newton, where you can sample their delicious wine, chocolate and even local produce!
Cwm Deri Vineyard
The beautiful Cwm Deri Vineyard is located in stunning Pembrokeshire. It’s a smallholding, producing a range of 20 different alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including mead and liqueurs, and was opened to the public in 1992. Take a peek into the bottling room and discover some of the magic behind the winemaking process!
Surrounded by the stunning Pembrokeshire National Park, a visit to this vineyard will not only reward you with a selection of delicious drinks, but also the chance to explore the vineyard and embark on an adventure in the nearby woodland walks.
Wine tasting experiences are on offer here, with tasting samples available for 40 pence each, or £7.50 to experience the full range of taster beverages they have available.
Glyndwr Vineyard is the oldest, and largest established vineyard in Wales.
The current owners actually initiated the revival of the viticulture of Wales when they established this vineyard in 1979, which is a pretty spectacular accomplishment. It is also the oldest family estate in Wales, which brings some of its charms and is surrounded by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The vineyard itself produces a variety of delicious drinks, ranging from dry white, red and rose wine, to sparkling wines and even their own brandy. For £38, you’ll be treated to a glass of their fantastic Welsh vintage sparkling as you embark on a tour of the vineyard. Ending with a delicious platter created using local produce, and another two glasses of wine, the tour is well worth the money.
The estate is very considerate of the environment and wildlife. The owners allow the hedges to grow all around the vineyard in a bid to encourage wildlife. They also have their own chickens and ducks, and wild pheasants can also be spotted amongst the hustle and bustle.
Llanerch is another vineyard that is nestled amongst the most beautiful surroundings in the Vale of Glamorgan. According to the owners, the south facing slopes in The Ely Valley offers the perfect conditions to produce their very own Cariad Welsh wine, dry white and medium dry white wine.
Llanerch offers tours around their stunning vineyard and also provide options for dining in their restaurant or sampling 3 of their unique wines. The tour costs £12 and includes a wine tasting session.
Parva Farm Vineyard
The magical Parva Farm Vineyard is located in Tintern, South Wales and is situated on a south-facing slope in the famous Wye Valley. Initially, this farm only produced and sold a medium – dry white wine which was made especially for the millennium.
Over the years, more varieties have been added to their wine repertoire, starting with a red pinot which was produced in 2001. Due to the light nature of the wine, it was later decided to be produced as rosé. Later on, Parva Farm tried their hand at producing mead and cider, and thus a spicy Welsh mead was produced, complete with locally sourced honey and spices.
Ancre Hill Estates
Ancre Hill Vineyard had its first crop planted by the owners around their own home on Ancre Hill, with the help of their four children. This happened in the spring of 2006, and then again in 2007. The vineyard itself is located on the outskirts of Monmouth town and is surrounded by majestic tree top hills. To the north of the vineyard, there are also views of the famous Brecon Beacons to be enjoyed.
The vineyard itself is comprised of 2 separate grapes. The first site is 6 acres large and produces grapes specifically for their chardonnay and albariño wines. The newer site is made up of 3 acres, holding grapes for their pinot noir range.
If our choices of great vineyards to visit in Wales has made you thirsty, we have plenty of choices for glamping in South Wales, where you can make your trip to vineyards last longer than a day!