Cwm Deri Vineyard, Estate and small holding is situated in the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park at Martletwy just outside Narbeth. The Vineyard was established in 1988 but the current owners Mike and Danny have been in residence since 2003 when they had the desire to give up their cosmopolitan lifestyle in London and swap it for the good life in the Welsh countryside.
The estate has 3000 vines and, in late spring thousands of tiny clusters of grapes appear; by summer they have matured to plump bunches which are then harvested by hand, in late autumn, before the first frost.
The white grape vines are Madeleine d’ Angevine and Seyval Blanc, the red grapes are Triomphe d’ Alsace, varieties which may not sound familiar but are ideally suited to the Welsh climate. Cwm Deri is about 110 feet above sea-level, where the vines are planted on a gentle south facing slope. The range of fruit wines and liqueurs has been extended over the years. Most of these ingredients come from the estate, though, as demand has soared supplies have to be brought in – locally sourced whenever possible. The vineyard has the capacity to produce 40,000 bottles a year – a semi-automated production plant can be seen from a viewing window in the visitor centre.
Cwm Deri is a place that offers activities for all ages – children can play in the woodland or visit Pet’s Corner where they can meet the estate’s extended family of Gertie and Gus the geese, Bernard & Mrs Mathews the turkeys, cuddly rabbits, cute guinea pigs, fluffy white sheep and special breed chickens who supply fresh eggs used in the homemade bread, cakes and pasta served in the restaurant.
For those not so young there is wine tasting – private tastings can also be arranged for groups including a guided walk amongst the vines which offers an opportunity to discover more about the process.
The Conservatory restaurant serves lunches daily and is also available for private parties and weddings. I enjoyed an appetising starter of warm goat’s cheese on a crispy crouton, topped with sweet caramelised onions and a drizzled of balsamic vinegar. I followed this with a main course of creamy butternut squash risotto garnished with seasonal home grown herbs from the estate garden, served with chunks of warm fresh bread. Sadly I was too full to sample dessert.
All this came accompanied by a tray of sample wines, selected from an extensive list including liqueurs and non-alcoholic drinks. I have a sweet tooth and tried the elderflower wine which had a refreshing summery taste, the honeysuckle which was a smooth country wine with a floral scent and wild bramble liqueur that tasted just like a handful of juicy berries warmed by the sun, plucked straight from the hedgerow.
Cwm Deri is a peaceful location set in the stunning Pembrokeshire countryside and isn’t too far to visit in a day, but it also offers an opportunity to stay in the small caravan and campsite. New for 2017 are two shepherd huts – each able to sleep up to 4 guests – the ultimate in stylish glamping.
Bay has teamed up with Cwm Deri Vineyard & Estate to bring you a competition to WIN a 2 course lunch, 6 wine tasters and a vineyard walk for two people. To enter simply visit the Cwm Deri website and answer the following question:
What is the charge per person for the waiter service, 3 course menu option for group visits?
Send your answer along with your name, address and daytime telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org putting Cwm Deri in the subject line.
No cash alternative. Prize is available Monday to Saturday only. Entrants must be over 18. Editor’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
COMPETITION CLOSES AT NOON ON 31ST AUGUST 2017.
Cwm Deri Vineyard, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire SA67 8AP. Tel: 01834 891274 www.cwm-deri.co.uk