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 a bunch of friends. We planted 800 more in 2021 and 900 in spring 2022. We chose three white varieties - solaris, phoenix and ortega - and two red - rondo and regent - for their flavour profiles and plucky ability to tolerate our valley's altitude and cool Welsh climate.
 
Our grapes are grown regeneratively and ferment on indigenous wild yeasts. We adopt a low-intervention approach and make natural wines with no added sulphur, fining or filtering. We do this to allow for a truer expression of our grapes and to make wine that reflect the Welsh hillside they're grown on. 

Our Col Fondo and Pet Nat wines are available to purchase from our shop.

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grape Varieties

 

Solaris, Rondo, Regent, Ortega, Phoenix

FIRST plantingS

2017

Number of vines

2500

ACRES under vine

1.5

 

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