White Castle Vineyard
Our aim is to produce Quality Welsh Wines.
We are very passionate about what we do here at White Castle Vineyard and are always striving to be as good as we possibly can be.
We feel very privileged to have a vineyard here in Abergavenny.
White Castle Vineyard is a Welsh vineyard situated near the market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth it is owned and run by Robb and Nicola Merchant.
Having purchased the 12 acre small holding in 1995 they converted the milking parlour into their home a year later, however it was 2008 before the dream of owning a vineyard become a reality, the 5 acre gently sloping, south facing field was purchased, soil tests were performed and vines ordered.
May 2009 saw the planting of 4000 vines, the varieties of vines planted were Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo, Seyval Blanc & Phoenix, now there was no turning back, May 2010 saw a further planting of 800 vines this variety being Siegerrebe.
May 2019 marked their 10 year Anniversary since first planting and to mark this milestone they have planted a further 2000 vines these varieties are Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
Robb & Nicola have attended Plumpton College East Sussex to study viticulture, this training giving them the skills needed to produce quality Welsh Wines.
Robb and Nicola Merchant
We believe that quality wine making starts in the vineyard.
We have carefully selected varieties that we know will grow well in our soil and produce grapes of the highest possible quality in the micro climate of the vineyard.
The grapes are closely monitored, as they ripen they will be carefully hand harvested and selected, then immediately transported to the winery for pressing to ensure we retain all the freshness and fruity aromas intact.
Fabulous couple of hours spent learning not only about the wine, but the personal story and passion behind the business. Probably the warmest, most genuine, personal ‘guided tour’ we have been on, delivered by Rob who is not only incredibly knowledgable but fun, friendly, full of anecdotes and stories and happy to share his knowledge. We spent time wandering through the vines tasting the different types of grape (we were lucky to visit just before harvesting time), followed by a relaxed and informative wine tasting - 4 types of wine to test with Rob guiding us through each one. They were all fantastic. There is absolutely no pushy selling at all, but of course you fall a little bit in love with the place and wanting to take a little bit of the magic away with us, we came away with a box of wine which we will enjoy along with the memories. Highly recommended way to pass a couple of hours
Some of the best reds I have tried in the UK! Really refreshing and unique whites and just an all round beautiful vineyard.
This little jaunt was bought for me by my wife as a Christmas gift. I am - or at least was, but I'm not so sure now after this visit - more of a whisky man and have visited many distilleries so am familiar with the 'guided tour' and 'masterclasses' bit. But hey, if you think you know a lot about wine then have a chat with this pair and you are just about to learn a whole lot more. A delightful couple whose motivation for success is a driven solely by a desire to produce high quality wines whilst enjoying a quality of life most of us dream of, it is quite possible to take a cupful of their conversation and squeeze their pure enthusiasm out of it. What more can I say, other than it really completed my Christmas. Oh, nearly forgot, we bought a mixed case - natch - but were delighted to see they do mail order as well. It doesn't matter, because we will be back. And the wine? Well, it's not cheap but then again this is not a cheap wine shop; go to your local 'offie' for that. The whole range is of very good quality - just take a look for yourself at the certificates on the walls - and well worth the relatively modest cost for such a fine tipple. A cracking afternoon out, thanks to both.