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our vineyard

We are a small-scale low-intervention vineyard on our fourth-generation sheep farm. Our name is lifted from a distinctive outcrop of exposed late Silurian rock on our farm called Whinyard Rocks - a Site of Special Scientific Interest located on Bache Hill in the Radnor Forest - which overlooks the vineyard.

In 2017 we planted 800 vines by hand with friends. We planted 800 more in 2021, 900 in the spring 2022 and 1500 in 2023. We've chosen five white varieties - hybrids solaris, phoenix and muscaris, plus non-hybrids ortega and bacchus - and two hybrid reds - rondo and regent - for their flavour profiles and plucky ability to tolerate our valley's altitude and cool Welsh climate. This spring we planted 1600 more vines including two new red varieties - Cabaret Noir and Pinot Noir Précoce.
 
Our grapes are grown regeneratively and ferment on indigenous wild yeasts. We adopt a low-intervention approach and make natural wines where no synthetic chemicals are used in both the vineyard and winery. Our wines contain no added sulphur, and don't undergo an fining or filtering. We do this to allow for a truer expression of our grapes, make wines that truly reflect the Welsh hillside they're grown on, give back to our our soils and increase biodiversity. 

Our wines are available to purchase from our shop.

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grape Varieties

 

Solaris, Rondo, Regent, Ortega, Phoenix, Bacchus, Muscaris, Cabernet Noir, Pinot Noir Precoce.

FIRST plantingS

2017

Number of vines

5600

ACRES under vine

3

 

SOIL TYPE

Free-draining loam

elevation

236m / 774ft above sea level

weather

James Kinsey-Jones walking in along the vines at Whinyard Rocks Low Intervention Vineyard New Radnor Mid-Wales. Copyright: Susan Kinsey-Jones
Regent vines with grapes at Whinyard Rocks Low Intervention Vineyard New Radnor Mid-Wales. Copyright: Susan Kinsey-Jones
Whinyard Rocks New Radnor Mid-Wales. Copyright: Susan Kinsey-Jones
Whinyard Rocks Low Intervention Vineyard New Radnor Mid-Wales. Copyright: Mat Price
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