Follow the Welsh Wine Trail during Welsh Wine Week
You do not have to travel to France to visit picturesque vineyards and quaff delectable wine! Dotted all over Wales are over 15 vineyards producing world class red, rose, white as well as sparkling wine.
More than 20 different grape varieties are grown in vineyards across Wales. You can find well know wine varietals like pinot noir which is a popular still wine and used for making Champagne and sparkling wine. But you can also find lesser known varietals that make delicious wine like Muller Thurgan, Seyval Blanc and Regent.
To celebrate Welsh Wine Week, Food Adventure, who specialise in boutique food and drink tours and experiences, have organised a very special wine tour on the 23rd of May in Monmouthshire.
Carol Adams, Director of Food Adventure said “Wales produces some world class award winning wine. Sometimes, we don’t know and appreciate what is right on our doorstep so we have organised a special wine tour. We will visit 2 award winning vineyards, a winery and have a fabulous lunch featuring the best local produce”.
Richard Morris owner of Ancre Hill Vineyard who will be visited on the tour said “We have a great day planned with Food Adventure and look forward to giving a tour of our vineyard. We have also just built a winery winery, the first in Wales! The guests will also have a tutored tasting of 7 of our wines. What a way to kick off Welsh Wine Week”.
Robb Merchant owner of White Castle Vineyard said “Welsh wine is some of the best in the world and we hope people will come out and discover us”
WHAM! The Village Alive Trust’s latest project wins support from the Heritage Lottery Fund
LOCAL buildings preservation charity, The Village Alive Trust, has been awarded £78,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its WHAM! project based at White Castle Vineyard, which deals with wine and heritage in Monmouthshire.
Led by Trust volunteers from the local community and vineyard partners Robb and Nicola Merchant, the Wine and Heritage Alive in Monmouthshire (WHAM!) project will restore the grade II* Croft Barn which is currently on the listed buildings ‘at risk’ register, and make use of the building as a learning centre for wine growing skills and heritage activities.
A programme of learning activities and hands-on experience of viticulture skills will begin later this year, when conservation work and installation of facilities in the barn is completed. Schoolchildren, teachers and groups such as WIs, YFCs, wine growers and local history societies will be encouraged to take part in a programme of learning activities at the barn over the next few years. There are volunteering opportunities for anyone interested in the project and more information can be obtaining by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Croft Barn is a rare example of its type in South East Wales as it was originally a thatched, cruck-trussed building with box frame walls infilled with wattle panels. Over the centuries it has gained a slated roof and gable end walls of local stone but the oak roof trusses and some original wooden panels remain.
The Village Alive Trust was formed 11 years ago and through grant-aid and partnership projects has conserved a variety of local listed buildings which were deemed at risk. Cadw is supporting the Croft Barn restoration and the Trust has already funded emergency work.
Commenting on the HLF grant, Trust chairman, Pat Griffiths said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to save this unique barn and look forward to welcoming visitors who can learn new skills within its ancient walls”.
Monmouth MP David Davies said: “I have had the pleasure of supporting the work of the Village Alive Trust since its inauguration 10 years ago. I attended the official opening of the Trust’s first restoration project in 2005 and I have watched this fantastic charity go from strength to strength ever since.
“I am therefore delighted to lend my full backing to the WHAM! project. Located alongside the award-winning White Castle Vineyard, which had its wine showcased at the Wales NATO summit, I very much look forward to seeing Croft Barn brought back into productive use as an all-age learning centre for heritage and viticulture skills in Monmouthshire. I wish those involved all the best with their endeavours.”
Jennifer Stewart, Head of HLF Wales said: “We are thrilled that this grant will provide more opportunities for people to learn about their local heritage. Communities are at the heart of the projects that we support and this project will give people the opportunity to engage with and learn about the rich, agricultural history and viticulture of north Monmouthshire.”
12 DECEMBER 2014
Festive Cheers...as White Castle Pop Open the Bubbles
Saturday 6th Dec 2014 saw the release of White Castles Vineyard's first Sparkling Welsh White Wine, vintage 2012.
An array of Gifts including artisan truffles made with their very own Sparkling white wine made the long awaited release all the more worthwhile.
"Truffles and Sparkling Welsh wine a match made in Heaven"
New and returning customers enjoyed the selection of quality award winning Welsh Wines and it's safe to say that many homes and restaurants will be popping the cork of their Welsh wines during the festive season.
Robb and Nicola would like to wish you all A Merry Christmas and Thank You for your continued custom throughout 2014.
A new year means a new vintage and they have a classic Pinot Noir for release......watch this space!!
2 SEPTEMBER 2014
Prestigious Invite for White Castle Vineyard
Robb and Nicola Merchant of White Castle vineyard Llanvetherine Abergavenny were delighted when a call from the foreign and commonwealth office requested their quality welsh wines to be served at a reception.
The reception was held on Thursday 28th August 2014 at the Locarno suite to showcase Welsh Business, Education and Tourism. Attendees included The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM First Minister & The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP Secretary of State for Wales.
A debut for their 2013 Vintage Gwin gwyn (White Wine). Both were delighted to have a personal invite where they were asked to share their viticulture passion for grape growing with dignitaries from all countries.
Richard Morris of Ancre Hills Vineyard, Monmouth will be heading East to take part in the Welsh Government trade mission to Shanghai later this month.
Together with a number of Welsh food and drink producers, Richard will attend attend the Food and Hotel China exhibition; one of the country's leading international food and drink events targeted at buyers of quality imported products.
Russ Honeyman of Monty's Brewery and Lawrence Washington of Purple Moose Brewery, will also be attending on behalf of Drinks Wales.
Welsh Vineyard Association is created.
The WVA has been set up to help promote the Welsh Wine Industry.