Welsh Wine Week 2016

Welsh Wine Week – Sat 28th May – Sun 5th June 2016

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Yes, that’s right, Wales has an official Wine Week to celebrate its award winning vineyards and to promote the growing wine sector in Wales.
Have you ever tasted a Welsh Wine? You really should, Welsh vineyards have been rewarded with several prestigious national and international awards. The Welsh Wine industry produces over 100,000 bottles of wine each year and many visitors to Wales take in a tour with tasting sessions as part of Wine Trail Wales.
Wine Trail Wales presents the very best of Welsh vineyards, split into three regions to allow the visitor to travel through Wales and learn about the complete wine-making process as well as sample the wine, which is the most important part!

Jabajak Vineyard, Welsh Wine Week 2016

Throughout Welsh Wine Week there will be tours and tastings running at most of the Welsh vineyards, why not visit one of them? You may find your new favourite wine, and with many vineyards with their own Cellar Door (shop) you can take a bottle or ten home with you.

Jabajak Vineyard, Welsh Wine Week 2016
One of our favourites is Jabajak Vineyard near Whitland in Carmarthenshire. Not only does this vineyard offer tours and tastings, they are also a 5 star Restaurant with Rooms and part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection. Set in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside, Jabajak is an eclectic mix of Welsh and worldwide influences reflecting the travels of friendly hosts Amanda and Julian.

Jabajak Vineyards, Welsh Wine Week 2016

Amanda says ‘our carefully hand-picked blend of Phoenix and Seyval grapes are grown in our top vineyard that slopes gently south to face the fresh west wales sea breeze. They are slowly pressed then fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to maximise quality, then expertly blended to produce a delicate well-balanced crisp wine with fabulous elderflower notes’.

The White House connection, Welsh Wine Week 2016

Their wine is labelled ‘The White House’ and this is very fitting as the history of the farmhouse at Jabajak Vineyard dates back many years and has links to past American presidents. The full story of their White House connection is told on their website and it is well worth a read.
If you would like to visit Jabajak Vineyard for a tour, tasting or an overnight stay they have a range of options available to you. They offer self-guided and guided tours of the vineyards daily from 2.30pm, Cellar Door and Lounge tastings accompanied by antipasti platters and luxury accommodation with a-la-carte dinner.

Jabajak Vineyard, Welsh Wine Week 2016

And arriving just in time to celebrate Welsh Wine Week is their Welsh Blush Sparkling.

The White House Connection, Welsh Wine Week 2016

 

Cookery classes – Welsh Culinary Focus

Hone your culinary skills this month at J&R School of Cooking Masterclasses, which runs a broad range of cookery classes for every occasion. Based in The Drovers Rest Restaurant in Llanwrtyd Wells, the friendly and knowledgeable team offers everything, from learning the basics to traditional Welsh cooking and even patisserie lessons. They can also use their expertise to help perfect any dinner party plans to make the ambience just right. These highly commended cookery classes are sure to make even the most nervous of cooks feel a new-found confidence and sense of pride at the delicious dishes produced.

Nearby is Gigrin Farm, a popular attraction home to 100s of red kites. Run by the Gigrin family, the 200 acres of land is home to a red kite feeding station where visitors can witness the spectacular birds of prey as they eat. There are even 5 specially built hides perfect for observing and taking photographs of the birds in action. The farm is well known for its friendly staff and incredible views of the area, so this is not one to be missed this May.

Welsh Culinary focus - cookery classes for every occasion

Lake Country House & Spa, Llangammarch Wells

Where to stay

Situated in Llangammarch Wells is the Lake Country House and Spa, a luxury country retreat with a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere. Whether you want to unwind in one of many comfortable lounge areas or explore the nearby lake and country surroundings, the house has everything to ensure their guests have a pleasant and enjoyable stay. Why not make the most of the recently opened spa and treat yourself with one of the many treatments on offer?

 

Welsh Culinary Focus - cookery classes for every occasion

Lake Country House & Spa Restaurant

What to eat

The outstanding food at the Lake Country House and Spa is the work of inventive head chef David Brown. By cleverly blending together unique flavours and fresh ingredients, David creates simply delicious seasonal menus. The cellar is also home to over 300 different wines from around the world, each complementing the wonderful cuisine.