A hidden gem in South Wales
Step into Glyndŵr Vineyard and you could be mistaken for thinking you had been whisked away to France, with 6,000 vines, growing in perfect rows on gentle, south-east facing slopes.
In fact you would be tucked away in Llanblethian, Cowbridge at Wales’ oldest, family winery.
Set up in 1982 by Richard and Sue Norris, Glyndŵr Vineyard is an award winner, supplying the likes of Waitrose, John Lewis in Oxford Street and numerous small wine merchants and delis. Its wines have even graced European state banquets and the House of Lords.
When matching wine with a Welsh roast lamb like our recipe, the traditional choice is an aged Bordeaux from France or mature Rioja from Spain.
From his selection, wine-maker Richard recommends the Glyndŵr Red, which he describes as ruby coloured, complex and fruity. At the time of writing the latest batch of this much in demand wine is gently ageing in American oak barrels, however the good news is it will be ready to drink in August 2014.
Of course, just because this is a lamb recipe, doesn’t mean you can’t opt for white. If you prefer something lighter, Richard suggests the Glyndŵr Medium White, which is a fresh wine offering a fine hint of peach, elderflower and apple.
And for those blissful summer evenings relaxing in the garden with friends while the man of the house slogs over the barbecue, the Glyndŵr Rosé is an excellent choice or maybe even a refreshing Lazy Llama cider?
Glyndŵr Vineyard produces two white wines, a rosé, a red and two vintage sparkling wines that would be ideal for a special occasion. The vineyard offers wine tastings, vineyard tours and a backdrop for special events such as parties and weddings.
Beautifully quirky, Glyndŵr Vineyard also boasts meet the llamas tours and bed and breakfast in a separate cottage, where visitors can collect their own breakfast eggs from the estate’s chickens.
Along with Waitrose, Glyndŵr Vineyard wines can be found at delicatessans and wine merchants across South Wales including Wally’s in Cardiff, the Elephant and Bun in Cowbridge, Taylors in Carmarthen and many more. For more information go to: www.glyndwrvineyard.co.uk.
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