Welsh Vineyard

Pant Du Vineyard

Region:
Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd, North Wales
Production:
2,500 Bottles a year
Size:
7.5 Acres
Established:
2007
Owners:
Richard and Iola Huws
Wines Produced:
White, Red, Rosé
Awards Won:
2010 United Kingdom Vineyards Association Bronze medal
2013 Welsh Vineyards Association Wine Competition

About Pant Du

Perched on the foot of the great Snowdon mountain, Pant Du is located in the dramatic landscapes of North Wales. The grapes grow on 7.5 acres of south facing slopes in the Nantelle valley, located on the western edge of Snowdonia national park.

Their first wine was produced in 2010, and the boundaries have been increasingly pushed each year with new plantations of grape varieties. Not limited to just wine, Pant Du also produce some excellent ciders and apple juices from 18 acres of orchards, all available from their on site cafe and shop.

It’s a beautiful farm with fantastic rich soil at the bottom of a glacial valleyRichard Huws

In 2010 Pant Du’s 6,600 vines produced 260 bottles of their first red wine from the Rondo grape. From there, they have grown to a production volume of around 2,500 bottles, with plans to expand with further grape varieties such as Pinot Noir, Bacchus and Souvignon Blanc. 2013 saw their harvest yield both white, red and rosé wines for the first time.

In 2016, Pant Du also installed 44 solar panels which help power the vineyard, and generate even during the infamous cloudy North Wales days. The panels generate enough power to provide surplus back into the grid and have helped achieve the vineyards goals for sustainability.

Microclimate

The Nantelle Valley is wet and windy, exposed to the coastal winds and mountainous rainfall. To help cope with such harsh conditions, elderflower trees have been planted to act as wind breaks and protect the vines. When the Sun does appear, waste slate placed underneath the vines reflects valuable light onto the grapes.

Events

Pant Du opened their visitors centre in 2011, attracting tourism to the local area.

You can book a wine tasting and Vineyard tour here. They have excellent reviews!