It is an incredibly exciting time for the Welsh vineyard sector as Wales opens its borders for wine tasters and enthusiasts to come and enjoy Welsh Wine Week. With an eclectic programme of events set to take place, vineyards from north to south will be hosting wine tasting evenings and tours, offering visitors the unique taste of the grapes carefully grown in a cooler Welsh micro climate.
Popping off the cork for the week's events, owned by husband and wife Collin and Judith Duddley in the beautiful country of Monmouthshire. Parva Farm opens up its vineyards in the village of Tintern, a stone's throw away from the gorgeous Tintern abbey, producing award-winning wines, meads and sparkling wines. Parva Farm will be opening its privately-owned vineyards all week from the 4th until the 11th, offering visitors free tours and wine tasting whilst they bask in the beautiful Wye valley views.
Collaborating to bring an evening of cheese and wine, Gwinllan Conwy and Bodnant Welsh Food will be hosting an evening celebrating the gorgeous pairing of Welsh wines from Gwinllan Conwy and tasty cheese from Bodnant Welsh Food. The event will start on the 6th of June with tickets costing £25.
A fantastic opportunity for those wanting to learn about how the wine gets produced at Mountain People Winery, visitors have the chance to listen to owner Dave Morris talk through the process of how he makes the wine. Guests will finish the evening tasting the uniquely produced Mountain Peoples wine on the 7th in Monmouthshire.
Handing attendees a glass as they enter the woodland marquee, with the evening event starting at 6 pm in the afternoon, Llanerch Vineyard in the Vale opens up for visitors to enjoy an evening of wine tasting. An insight into their extraordinary red and white still wines that recently won gold and silver medals in prestigious international competitions.
White Castle Vineyard, based in Llanvetherine, is a family-owned vineyard. Owners Robb and Nicola Merchant welcome visitors to hear about their journey and taste their wines in person on the 10th. With the opportunity to show off their newest creation White Castle Vineyard Cuvee Phoebe, produced following a frosty winter. White Castle Vineyard is excited at the prospect of Welsh Wine Week connecting them with a larger audience and for visitors to come and enjoy their newest creation on the 11th.
After establishing an award-winning vineyard in Andalucia, Spain, Jemma Vickers and Paul Rolt moved back to Wales to plant and founded Hebron Vineyard in 2010. Focusing on organic growing methods with the grapes holding the natural taste of the vines and climate of west Wales. The vineyard will open the floor for visitors to discuss the rare non-intervention viticulture ethos and methodology Hebron uses. Visitors will have the chance to ask Paul questions about their rare growing methods. To finish the day, visitors can head to the comfortable tasting room to taste the wines available accompanied by a platter of local cheeses, pickles, olives and bread.