Great grape news we are well on our way with plans to celebrate our 10th anniversary since planting White Castle Vineyard. A dream became reality when we planted the first 4000 vines on May 11th 2009 and to mark this milestone a further planting of 2000 vines is due to take place early May 2019 when Cabernet Franc and more Pinot Noir Précoce shall be planted.
We are pleased to say that we have tasted the fruits of our labour from vintage 2018 and plans to release our renowned Gwin gwyn and Siegerrebe are on the grapevine, Red wine lovers will be pleased to know that vintage 2017 Pinot Noir shall also be released “as all good things come to those who wait” and no better timing than 10th Anniversary celebrations.
Every year brings exciting and new opportunities for us and we pride ourselves on producing quality Welsh wines. The Cellar Door open Friday – Sunday including bank holidays now offers a choice of artisan platters to accompany the wine and make your visitor experience well worth going that extra mile for.
Welsh wine week 2019 falls 25th May – 2nd June events already scheduled in the diary are wine tasting, wine and food pairings and for Welsh wine week only we offer daily free vineyard tours to our visitors at 3pm. Full details of all our forthcoming events shall be listed on our events page.
Winter pruning is now complete and the task ahead is replacing those trellising posts that have rotted at ground level and a move to metal posts is a more sensible approach although costly to say the least. A dry spell would be good to enable us to get the machinery on the ground, and time is of the essence as we need to tie the vines onto the wire before bud burst, no pressure!
Some of you may have seen the photographs of our visit to Westminster our wines are part of the protected food name family and we had the opportunity to showcase our award winning quality Welsh wines in the Palace of Westminster.
Nearer to home we had the opportunity to showcase our quality award winning Welsh wines at Taste Wales, two days of tasting the best food and drink in Wales with buyers from all over the world.
With Mothers Day on the horizon, and Easter not too far away we are heading towards Summer or is it too early to say the word Summer, Robb and I are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to our tranquil setting, and sharing our story with you. Remember those dates for your diary and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Robb discussing the importance of provenance in relation to protected food names with David TC Davies MP Monmouthshire at the Palace of Westminster.