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    Why Not Welsh Wine?

    To celebrate St. David’s Day why not open a bottle of fizz to celebrate? Maybe even a Welsh fizz? 10 years ago, we wouldn’t have even thought of this but in the past decade we’ve seen a rapid development in the wine scene here in Wales, both in quality and in drinkability. We are seeing more and more Welsh vineyards producing extremely good wine. Many are winning awards e.g. White Castle Vineyard in Monmouthshire and Conwy vineyards.

    What grapes are used?

    To battle the harsh and unpredictable climate in Wales, some selected species of grapes must be selected to withstand fungal disease, rot and frost. Solaris is a common grape used all over Wales due to its resilience. It produces aromatic wines with hints of gooseberry, elderflower and citrus fruits that are complemented by good acidity and freshness. Those of you who like a good French Sauvignon Blanc would love this zingy and fresh grape variety.

    A vineyard in Wales
    Solaris grape picking at Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard, Aberaeron

    We are always on the lookout and researching new and interesting Welsh wines and are sampling new local vineyards even as close as Pwllheli! More natural and experimental wines are also being produced in the south of Wales, with use of barrel ageing and fermentation processes using ambient yeasts. Velfrey Vineyard in Pembrokshire produce a wine named, simply, ‘Naturiol’ made  with Seyval Blanc grapes “naturally fermented meaning no added yeast or sugar, half in stainless steel and half in old oak barrels that were previously used for white Bordeaux which lends the gentle smoky flavour.” [1] Only 7% in alcohol, this wine is super zesty and interesting and perfect for those in search for low alcohol alternatives but with plenty of oomph.

    [1] Velfrey Wines, Velfrey Vineyard, Naturiol, Seyval Blanc

    Welsh Sparkling Wine

    A good array of traditional method (Champagne method) sparkling wines are also being produced. Montgomery Vineyard sparkling wines are among a very popular selection, ranging from crisp and dry to sweet and fruity. The Seyval Blanc is a particular favourite, expressing aromas of pear drops, crisp green apples and a floral touch. See for yourself and taste this exciting wine from the comfort of your own home with a virtual tasting hosted by Llinos and Dylan on the 1st of March. For more information follow the link: Montgomery Virtual Tasting