Behind The Vine

Kicking off on St David's Day 2021, we launched an exciting new campaign to celebrate Welsh vineyards and all the incredible people involved in growing and producing wines from Wales!

Every few months we'll be celebrating a different Welsh vineyard, sharing stories, photos and information about the vineyard owners and the wines they make, culminating in a tasting event via Zoom or in person at The Bridge Studios. Follow our campaign to learn more about Welsh Vineyards!

JULY 2021- VELFREY VINEYARD

Established in 2016, Velfrey Vineyard occupies a gentle south facing slope of the Lampeter Vale in the south Pembrokeshire countryside. They have over 4,000 vines planted across 3 acres, which include Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc and Solaris, all suited to cooler climates. The vines are planted on a clay loam, a soil type which is found in some of the world's most prestigious wine growing regions. Pembrokeshire sunshine combined with coastal breezes will produce perfect ripening conditions and lead to wines of the highest quality.

They currently produce a traditional method quality sparkling wine, made from specially selected, hand harvested fruit that spent 18 months on the lees developing a delicious and refined blend of rich, biscuity notes and fresh citrus fruit flavours.

We will be interviewing Andy, Fiona and Ryan on Instagram Live from 8pm on Wednesday the 14th of July to find out more about their grape growing and winemaking process. Join us free of charge!

More tasting events will be announced shortly!

Check out their website for more information here!

WELSH WINE WEEK - June 4th-13th

APRIL 2021 - Parva Vineyard

This month we're focusing our efforts on Parva Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in Wales and just an hour drive from Cardiff.

Judith and Colin have been running the vineyard since 1996 and now produce 8 different wines as well as some fruit wines and spicy mead.

We have been working with Judith and Colin for over a year now and are very excited to share their history and knowledge of grape growing in Wales with you all.

The live virtual tasting will take place on Saturday the 24th of April between 8-9pm on Zoom. Tasting packs will include 125ml measures of a Parva rosé, white and red for you to taste as well as a tasting sheet and will be posted or delivered on Friday the 23rd or Saturday the 24th.

Watch Colin & Judith on their vineyard in the short video below.

MARCH 2021 - Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard

Our first Welsh vineyard is Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard and the first virtual wine tasting event will be via Zoom on Saturday the 27th of March. We will meet the vineyard owners, learn more about some of the challenges of growing grapes in Wales and of course, talk about and taste some of their wines!

You will receive an invitation to take part in our virtual wine tasting if you buy any bottle of Llaethliw wine before the 27th of March.

Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard

We've had the pleasure of working with Siw, Richard (pictured) and Jac their son from Llaethliw for over a year now. In fact, before we had even launched Vin Van Caerdydd, we were hosting pop-up tasting events and theirs were the first Welsh wines we were able to introduce.

It was their wines that initially made us realise the incredible potential of Welsh viticulture therefore it makes sense for us to start our campaign with this vineyard.

As well as promoting Welsh wines and vineyards throughout this campaign, our main focus will be on the people who are involved in growing the grapes and making the wines. Over the past year, we've gotten to know the Evans family well and we're very excited for you to get to know them too throughout the month.

Keep an eye on our social media for posts, stories and photos and feel free to send us any questions you may have for the vineyard owners.

Watch Siw and her son Jac work the vineyard in the video below.

 

For more general information about Welsh Vineyards, visit the Vineyards of Wales website and find out where else you can buy Welsh wines here.