Wales is not often thought of as a winemaking capital, but in recent years many of our little vineyards have made a name for themselves by producing some truly exciting vintages. If you’re a wine aficionado, take a holiday to Wales to explore some of these wineries – we guarantee you’ll come away with a few new favourites.
Travel to the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales and you can visit Ty Croes, one of the most exciting wineries in the country. The vineyard stretches across four acres of land and houses several grape varieties, including Phoenix and Seyval Blanc (both white), and Rondo (red).
Visitors to Ty Croes may tour the vineyard for a small fee, and sample some of the excellent vintages produced since the winery opened in 2003.
Mid Wales is often overshadowed by other regions of the country, despite its abundant natural beauty and charming villages. Head to the Penarth Vineyard just outside Newtown, and enjoy an escape into the secluded countryside that promises some excellent wines.
This vineyard sits on the banks of the River Severn and is famed for its excellent sparkling wines, which spend two years in stainless steel tanks on lees and 12 months maturing in the bottle. A unique element of the Penarth Vineyard is that their grape varieties – unsuited to the climate – are said to attain a richer flavour for being exposed to the elements.
Situated just outside Cowbridge, a 30-minute drive from Cardiff, this southern vineyard is thought to be the oldest and largest in Wales. Glyndwr opened in 1979 and has established an excellent reputation across the UK in the intervening years.
Grape varieties include Seyval Blanc and Rondo, which are used to create the signature dry white and red. Glyndwr also produces sparkling wine, and a Welsh brandy aged in oak barrels for four years. Visitors can enjoy a tour which incorporates wine, food and even an introduction to the vineyard llamas!
With its lush forests and gorgeous coastlines, Pembrokeshire is a beautiful place to take a holiday – and as an added bonus, it’s home to the Cwm Deri Vineyard. Nestled outside the village of Martletwy and surrounded by the Pembrokeshire National Park, this charming winery produces around 30,000 bottles each year, using several excellent grape varieties such as Gold Riesling (white) and Leon Millot (red).
Pay a visit to Cwm Deri and you can sample the wines and liqueurs on offer, pairing them with cheeses for the ultimate taste sensation.
This Monmouthshire vineyard is a 15-minute drive from Abergavenny, White Castle Vineyard spreads out across five acres. Six white and red grape varieties are grown here, and produce wines such as Pinot Noir and sparkling white.
The cellar is open from Friday to Sunday each week, and provides wine tastings, which can be coupled with a cheese platter by prior arrangement. If you discover a new favourite you can even adopt a vine for one year – in return, a plaque with your name will be placed on the vine, and you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard, receiving a bottle of your chosen wine to take home.