Situated in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, Glyndwr Vineyard was planted with three acres of vines in 1982, by the Norris family of Llanblethian. It is the oldest established vineyard in Wales. Today, Glyndwr Vineyard covers some 6 acres with 6000 vines and produces over 12,000 bottles making it one Wales’s largest vineyards. Glyndwr wines have been served in the House of Lords and at European State banquets. The quality of these wines is only matched by the passion of the producer Richard Norris in creating fantastic wines from the heart of Wales.
Six main varieties of grape are grown, using the traditional Guyot training system. These include Triomphe d’Alsace and Leon Millot, which produce intensely flavoured black grapes; Reichensteiner, Siegerrebe and Madeleine Angevine for honey-flavoured sweet white grapes; and Seyval Blanc which always manages a prolific crop bursting with golden juice.
Glyndwr Vineyard usually produces three types of wine, which are stored in their own cellars (i) White; fresh, crisp and beautifully flavoured (ii) Red; fine and light (iii) Rose; fragrant, smooth, blush-coloured. The Glyndwr 1989 White was placed in the top four British vineyards by ‘Wine Magazine’ and ‘Commended’ in the 1991 International Wine Challenge.
The vineyard recently produced an excellent full-bodied Welsh vintage sparkling wine, matured and turned in the same traditional way as the Champenois in Northern France. This process takes some two years. The result is a vintage Brut that even Owain Glyndwr would have been proud to toast with, to his beloved Wales.
The scene on the label depicts the Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr with his stronghold Carreg Cennen Castle in the background. The Glyndwr Vineyard is situated not far from the scene of one of his many battles.
Bottles and cases of Glyndwr wine can be ordered online from www.glyndwrvineyard.co.uk