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. 

Our Col Fondo and Pet Nat wines are due to be released in Summer 2022.

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grape Varieties

 

Ortega, Phoenix, Regent, Rondo, Solaris

FIRST plantingS

2017

Number of vines

2500

 

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
Whinyard Rocks Pet Nat 2021 Welsh Natural Wine

our wines

Col Fondo

A sparkling red made with 100% Rondo grapes made in the Italian ancestral method

 

Pet Nat

A lightly sparkling skin contact orange wine made with Ortega and Solaris grapes

coming summer 2022

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coming Late 2022 / Early 2023

Still Red

A still red wine made with Rondo and Regent 

Traditional Method

A sparkling wine made with Phoenix grapes

Whinyard Rocks Col Fondo 2021 Welsh Natural Wine
Whinyard Rocks Col Fondo 2021 Pipette from Barrel Welsh Natural Wine
Whinyard Rocks Pet Nat with sediment 2021 Welsh Natural Wine