CWM DERI VINEYARD: A BEAUTIFUL SUSTAINABLE ESTATE IN PEMBROKESHIRE
A visit to the coastal town of Pembrokeshire, is not complete without scoping out the Welsh wine scene in the area. Cwm Deri Vineyard & Estate is located in the Pembrokeshire countryside in Narberth and was an 11 minute drive from our base, The Grove Narberth and a further 2o minutes from the Amroth beach are. It’s a perfect place to sample the estates wines, take a woodland walk, and have a leisurely lunch or dinner paired with the fine wines on offer.
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Cwm Deri Estate
The Cwm Deri Estate spans 25 acres and contains 3000 hand planted vines by its previous owners from 1990-1991, which took over three years to be able to support their first small crop of grapes. Current owners, Mike and Danny bought the vineyard in 2003 and have renovated the area and properties considerably resulting in the semi-automated production plant that it is today, capable of bottling 50,000 bottles produced on the estate each year.
Cwm Deri Estate is not only a working vineyard but also as Danny is a trained chef, there is a restaurant, which offers snacks, lunches, and a full evening menu as well as a lovely terrace space overlooking the vines.
You can even stay at the estate, either camping, in a cottage or in one of the cute shepherd’s huts close to the vegetable garden.
Wine Tasting Experience
Wine tasting at Cwm Deri Estate is a lovely casual affair and the staff are very flexible in the way this is arranged. You can book in at anytime during opening hours. There are 22 products in total to sample (each 20ml) in the full tasting experience ranges from white, red, meads, fruit, cream liqueurs, rum and gin-based liqueurs plus two non-alcoholic options. You can either purchase a full tray or sample just six products.
The vineyard do a lovely cheeseboard of three local cheeses with crackers and grapes, which go well with their wines. A hard cheese, a brie and a mellow blue cheese accompanied with a chutney. These help to bring out the flavours of the wines and compliment the varieties really well.
The experience comes with a list so you can rate your preferences of each product and check which ones you may want to purchase following the experience from their shop.
Additionally, you can chose to book in for lunch or dinner where you can sample the wines with the fantastic menu options available and it gives you the opportunity to have a glass or bottle with your meal.
Be-lavie Tip: If you plan to do the full 22 product wine tasting then please ensure there is a designated driver or you get a taxi/hire a driver. The 22 product tray equates to 440mls which is almost 2 250ml (large glasses) or around 3.5 150ml (small glasses).
Grapes used at Cwm Deri Vineyard are not as well-known as many varieties however they are ideal for the welsh climate and produce great fruity wines, with its location being 100 feet above sea level, planted north to south on a gently south facing slope.
The white vines ‘Madeleine d’Angevine’ and ‘Seyval Blanc’ with the estates red grapes being ‘Triomph d’Alsace and ‘Rondo’.
Cwm Deri also produces ‘Y Ddraig Wen’, the estate’s Reserve Sparking Wine, which are seasonally available. All year round though, Cwm Deri produce a fine range of fruit wines and liqueurs, requiring a smaller quantity of grapes but more fruit, berries, and flowers.
How the vineyard changes over the seasons:
- Winter/Early Spring: The vines are dormant and appear to be dead.
- Late Spring/ early Summer Leaf burst is quickly followed by the appearance of thousands of tiny clusters of grapes.
- Summer/Late Autumn: The fruit can be seen maturing into tightly-packed bunches of wine-making grapes ready for harvesting in late Autumn before the first Winter frosts.
The Woodland & Vineyard WalkT
Pre or post the wine tasting experience, the woodland and vineyard walk is a stunning way to take in the surrounding Estate. You can get up close and personal to the vines to see the grapes, walk around the vegetable garden, the woods and spot the chickens roaming around their corner of the estate. There is a pets corner to keep children entertained too.
The estate has a Biomass boiler, which provides all the buildings on site with a plentiful supply of inexpensive water and central heating from this sustainable renewable energy source. This also houses the luxury wet-rooms used by the camp-site.
Cwm Deri has it’s resident flock of special chickens who supply the Estate with fresh eggs for the restaurants’ home-baked breads, pasta and cakes.
The vast majority of ingredients that go into the wines are found growing on the estate but due to demand some ingredients have to be bought in to meet demand.
Vegetable & Herb Garden
Located around the Shepherd’s huts there is a small vegetable and her garden, which can supply the Estate with some additional produce.
Cwm Deri Estate has a dedicated camping site which was completed in 2014, which is served by it’s facilities, making good use of the remaining 25 acre property.
The Vineyard has a great shop where you can purchase any of the products you tastes during your experience as well as local souvenirs and food items that make gifts. Additionally you can also buy online via Cwm Deri’s website below.
Cwm Deri is a wonderful family-run and relaxed estate with some beautiful Welsh wines and makes for a lovely local experience to add to your Pembrokeshire itinerary accompanied with great food, excellent customer service and stunning surroundings.
The hazelnut cream liqueur is delicious poured over ice-cream! Just saying!!
- Address: Cwm Deri Vineyard. Martletwy. Narberth. Pembrokeshire. SA67 8AP
- Tel: 01834 891 274 (to book a visit & Wine tasting)
- Website: Cwm Deri Vineyard
- Opening Hours: Check website for seasonal hours
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