Cool climate with lots of sunshine, perfect for
Vineyards are what you’d expect to see in the France or Italy, not in Pembrokeshire. But you’d be wrong.
If you have a cool yet sunny climate together with good soil anything is possible and Pembrokeshire’s winemakers are doing just that, with award-winning success, I might add.
Pembrokeshire’s vineyards offer tours, tasting, delicious food, great accommodation and so worth a visit – you might even come across your new favourite tipple. Cheers!
Established in 2016 and home to 4000 vines, Velfrey Vineyard is located in the idyllic surroundings of the Lampeter Vale in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside. It occupies a gentle south-facing slope, just 10 minutes from the market town of Narberth.
Services available include wine tasting, guided tours, luxury afternoon and traditional cream teas and, of course, the opportunity to buy some wine. The first release, now available, is a traditional method quality sparkling wine that has won rave reviews.
For a great day out, book on a guided tour of Velfrey: learn how the vineyard was established, walk amongst the vines while discovering how they are cared for throughout the year, then come back to the visitor centre to hear how the grapes are converted into wine. And finally, taste the product itself.
You can enjoy a light lunch overlooking the vineyard. You will also have the chance to take home bottles of the wine, adopt your very own vine, purchase gift vouchers, potted vines and more.
The 3000 vines at Cwm Deri were planted by hand by John & Lyn Hamilton Cowburn in late 1990/early 1991 – it took three years to produce the first grapes. In 2004 when new owners Mike and Danny took over they began the restoration of the vines.
Cwm Deri is about 100′ above sea level and the vines are planted north to south on a gentle south-facing slope in clay loam soil. The winds can attack from the North and South-West, so willow whips have been planted in several rows to form a windbreak on the northern boundary to try and produce a better meso-climate to protect the vines. The white grape vines planted at Cwm Deri are ‘Madeleine d’Angevine’, and ‘Seyval Blanc’. The Estates’ red grapes are ‘Rondo’ and ‘Triomph d’Alsace’.
Winetasting, vineyard tours and woodland walks are available and after a few hours exploring settle down to some delicious home-cooked food at the Cwm Deri restaurant and extend your stay at their campsite offering camping, glamping in beautiful shepherds huts or caravan pitches.
In a quiet corner of rural west Wales, the organically maintained Hebron Vineyard was planted in 2010 by Jemma Vickers and Paul Rolt. They returned to Wales after 9 years of converting an established vineyard and bodega (winery) in Andalucia, Spain into an award-winning organic vineyard.
Hebron vineyard is also maintained organically. The couples’ ethos is to produce the highest quality grapes to create a high-end Welsh food product. The 4000 vines grow on South facing slopes, they flourish in the mineral-rich soil of the Preseli foothills and the West coast cool climate. Taking advantage of the vineyard’s unique terroir and producing award-winning wines; including a superlative sparkling wine given PGI status.
The wines capture the purity of their environment each vintage and only grapes from Hebron vineyard are used in their wines.
You can stay at Hebron Vineyard at their newly converted dairy barn and have the opportunity to soak up the peaceful surroundings as you wander through the vines.
Private tours are available, by appointment and cellar door sales are welcome.