The idyllic vineyards of the Cambrian Way
Did you know that Wales produces award-winning wines? If you are a fan of a glass, escape to the country for a tour and a tasting at these lush vineyards along Wales' Cambrian Way.
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 by Glyndwr VineyardThis 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.
Bottle of wine & glasses, Llanerch Vineyard, Vale of GlamorganBetween eight and 12 tonnes of grapes are harvested each year at this 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 Vineyard, Wye Valley by rmtwThis 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 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 Vineyard, MonmouthshireNamed 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.