While English wine has been hogging the headlines, it’s important to acknowledge the achievements of producers across the border. We’ve rounded up a selection of Welsh vineyards that are leading the charge.
Like its English counterpart, the Welsh wine industry has been growing in recent years. There are now some 30 vineyards in the country, planted over an area of 57 hectares.
Still, sparkling and even fortified wine is made, with soils ranging from sandy loam through to slate shingle. The oldest vineyards were established in the 1970s, while the newest were planted just last year.
While Pinot Noir is grown in Wales, other traditional Champagne varieties, such as Chardonnay and Meunier, are less abundant than they are in England.
Instead, many vineyards are planted with a range of hybrid and disease resistant grapes.
Following on from the success of The Big English Good Friday event, WineGB has launched Welsh Wine Night, which is due to be held this Friday (24 April) at 7pm on social media.
Wine lovers are encouraged to take photos and videos of what they’re drinking and share them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube using the hashtag #WelshWineNight. The aim is to draw awareness to the often overlooked category, and encourage direct purchasing from vineyards and participating retailers.
More information can be found here.
Scroll through to see a selection of Welsh vineyards that you can buy from and visit.