Ancre Hill Estates, Monmouth
On the outskirts of Monmouth town is The Ancre Hill, an estate with 12 hectares of plantings spread over three sites. Its valley position means it has great conditions for growing grapes for Chardonnay, Albariño and Pinot Noir. Visit Cellar Door, the dedicated on-site shop and information centre, to book a tour of the vineyard, take part in a tasting, buy wine, adopt a vine or eat a wine and cheese lunch.
Glyndwr Vineyard, Llanblethian
The Glyndwr Vineyard is the oldest family estate in Wales, having first being established in the 1970s. It produces dry white wine, red wine, rosé and sparkling wine in Llanblethian, a village next to Cowbridge. Tours of the vineyard can be booked online in advance only, as the space is often used to host private functions. On the tour, you'll try the wines, meet the vineyard's llamas, stroll around the vines and dine on a country platter.
Llanerch Vineyard, Hensol
Between eight and 12 tonnes of grapes are harvested each year at the Llanerch Vineyard in Hensol, which produces around 10,000 bottles of its Cariad wine annually. There are wine tastings from Wednesday to Sunday, where a Vineyard Coordinator talks you through trying the varieties. Guided tours of the vineyard take place from April to October, from Wednesday to Sunday, or you can do a self-guided tour at any time of year.
Parva Farm, Tintern
This pretty vineyard in Tintern produces an array of German and French wines including Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir and Regent. At any time of year, you can go on a self-guided tour of the Parva Farm Vineyard for £2. This includes free wine tasting afterwards and the stunning views of the Wye Valley. Guided tours with a tutored wine tasting can be booked between May and September. The vineyard shop is full of locally made treats, so save some pennies for homemade conserves as well as bottles of wine.
Sugar Loaf Vineyards, Abergavenny
Named after the mountains that rise above them, Sugar Loaf Vineyards has five acres of vines in Brecon Beacons National Park. There are seven varieties of grapes here, used to produce three whites, a rosé, red (depending on the weather) and two sparkling wines. In the shop, ask for a map to go on a self-guided tour through the vineyards, which offer panoramic views of Usk Valley. When you return, you can take part in wine tasting, browse the shop or enjoy some tasters or a cuppa and cake in the coffee shop.
White Castle Vineyard, Llanvetherine
White Castle Vineyard is situated near the lovely market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth, and is owned and run by Robb and Nicola Merchant. Their delicious quality Welsh wines have won awards and competitions from Welsh Wines of the year through to the International Wine Challenge.
Having purchased the 12 acre small-holding in 1995 they converted the milking parlour into their home a year later. However, it was 2008 before their dream of owning a vineyard became a reality after purchasing the 5 acre gently sloping south facing field. May 2019 marked their 10 year anniversary since first planting.
They run regular wine tasting tours, including a tasting of 4 wines and a chance to buy your favourites from their on-site shop. You can also adopt a vine and join Robb and Nicola harvesting the grapes.
Pant Du Vineyard, Nantlle Valley
Pant Du is a family run business with a café and shop on site, with spectacular views of the magnificent Snowdonia mountain range to the north east and panoramic views of the sea to the west. The vineyard and orchard have been planted on the south facing glacial slopes of the valley at the foothills of Snowdon.
Since producing the first bottle of wine in 2010, the company has established a reputable name for producing award winning wines and high quality cider and apple juice. The company’s latest venture is premium still and sparkling bottled water.
You can visit and take a guided educational tour of the vineyard and orchard and then relax and have a glass of their cider or wine.
Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard
Founded by wine enthusiasts Charlotte and Colin Bennett and first planted in 2012, Gwinlan Conwy Vineyard has grown each year to over 3 acres with 3000 vines. The special hybrid grape varieties are chosen to work well with the soil and climatic conditions in North Wales and they impart an unique fresh and delicate style to the wines.
Take the vineyard tour and wine tasting with grazing board or cheeseboard, or book onto a Welsh cheese and wine evening with the stunning backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park of North Wales. Find out what events are taking place on the Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard website.