Much has been made of England’s progress in producing wine, but Wales is fast becoming a great producer of wine, too. Boasting no fewer than seventeen vineyards in total, Welsh wine is not to be taken lightly. One of the most attractive of the Welsh vineyards is undoubtedly the Sugarloaf Vineyard, found near the small market town of Abergavenny.
Established in 1992, this modest 5 acre vineyard lies necessarily on south-facing slopes, which are poised beneath the imposing but scenic Sugar Loaf Mountain. Set within the Brecon Beacons National Park, world-renowned for its beauty, here you will find the best of what Wales’ famed countryside has to offer. This charming Welsh vineyard is the perfect little retreat to which you should return after a long day’s hike across the sprawling Beacons. A complementary bottle of wine awaits your arrival; put your feet up and stare out across the breath-taking landscape that greets you from all angles.
A Note on the Welsh Wine:
The wine itself is of award-winning standard. Previously their Madeleine Angevine 2011, a dry white wine, won a Bronze Medal at the at the South West Vineyards Association annual competition 2012, as did its Sugarloaf Blush 2011, an off dry Rosé. This year Sugarloaf have continued in the same vain and been picked for a number of awards at the South West Vineyards Association Annual Wine Competition – a competition judged by Masters of Wine – where they were awarded 3 Bronze awards and 2 Highly Commended.
Stay at a Welsh Vineyard
The cottages available are all single bedroom, but they are irrefutably cosy and will cater to your every need. For food, Abergavenny is only 1 mile away, and it offers plenty of good eateries. Further beyond, the charming village of Crickenhowell is 7 miles away, and around the area you can go mountain biking; horse riding; or hire boats on a nearby canal.
If you are searching for a quintessential British countryside retreat with peace, quiet and an ideal spot for relaxation, Sugarloaf Vineyard ticks all the boxes.