Whinyard Rocks Vineyard New Radnor Mid-Wales from above. Copyright: Mat Price
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 and another 800 in spring 2021. We chose three white varieties - solaris, phoenix and ortega - and two red - rondo and regent - for their flavour profiles and plucky ability to tolerate the challenging environment of our valley's altitude and cool Welsh climate.
 
Our grapes ferment on indigenous yeasts. We adopt a low-intervention approach with no added sulphur, fining or filtering to allow for a truer expression of our grapes and to make wines that reflect the Welsh hillside they're grown on. 

We expect to have four wines available in 2022.

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grape Varieties

 

Ortega, Phoenix, Regent, Rondo, Solaris

FIRST plantingS

2017

Number of vines

1600

 

SOIL TYPE

Free-draining loam

elevation

250m / 820ft 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