Pant Du Vineyard, Near Caernarfon, North Wales
The award-winning Pant Du Vineyard located on the south-facing slopes of the magnificent glacial Nantlle Valley in the heart of Snowdonia, is the area’s first commercial vineyard. It’s a wonderful place to start your Welsh wine education.
Welsh wine is certainly making a name for itself. Whether your tipple of choice is wine, cider, apple juice or even bottled water, Pant Du Vineyard is definitely worth visiting if you’re passing through the valley. You can choose to soak up the mountain views, tour the vineyard and orchard, take refreshments on the terrace or simply pop in to stock up on supplies for the week ahead.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Tour the vineyard and orchard
- Taste Welsh wine and cider
- See the famous Bardsey Island apple
- Buy Welsh water
Discover the story of how wine was brought to the Nantlle Valley
Tour the Vineyard and Taste Pant Du Wines
By 2007, the vineyard had been established and by 2010, their first bottle of Pant Du wine produced. Tour the vineyard today and you’ll see eight varieties of grape growing including Bacchus, Sauvignon Blanc and Rondo. Grapes are harvested by hand and taken to a winery to be processed and bottled. Sit in the vineyard sipping wine while taking in the spectacular view or visit on select dates for specialist wine tasting evenings and guided tours of the orchard and vineyard.
See The Famous Bardsey Apple in the Orchard
Pant Du orchard covers an area of 16 acres with no less than 2,900 apple trees. Many of these are traditional cider apples but some are native Welsh apple varieties including the famous Bardsey apple from the windswept Bardsey Island off the Llyn Peninsula. Brought to the island over 100 years ago by monks from Normandy, it was once thought to have been extinct. It was ‘discovered’ in 1998. With help from the Brogdale Trust, it was named a unique variety and cuttings were taken for propagation. On a golden autumnal afternoon, stroll through the apple orchard before tasting Pant Du cider or their refreshing apple juice.
- Pant Du wines are sold and served by many local stockists and restaurants including Plas Bodegroes, Bodnant Welsh Food Centre and the Rhug Estate Farm
- Buy bottles of their premium still and sparkling water (produced following the discovery of natural spring water in 2013)
- Pant Du closes for the winter at the end of October and re-opens at weekends in December for Christmas shopping
- Visit the Gwledd Conwy Feast in October to taste more Welsh apple varieties and take part in a lantern-lit wassail
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Where to Stay in North Wales
Llandudno, North Wales
A distinguished 17th-century hall set in 200 acres of parkland, with spectacular views of Snowdonia.
Rooms from £151 a night.
Please check with the vineyard directly.