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Beer, Cider, Spirit & Wine Tours

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Beer, Cider, Spirit & Wine Tours

Wales produces plenty of wonderful and wide ranging alcohol and a great activity to do whilst in the country is to go on a tour to see how it is produced. Here is a selection of companies below that offer tours and cater for groups. Check websites for tour details and opening hours. Advanced booking is advisable and in some cases a must.

 

Beer Tours 

   

  North Wales

    • Bragdy Conwy Brewery, Llysfaen, Conwy

      The first Brewery in Conwy for over 100 years. Specialising in cask and bottle conditioned ales of the highest quality using soft water from the mountains of Snowdonia and no artificial ingredients.  Tours of the brewery which includes sampling must be pre-booked and last approximately 1½ hours.  They also provide a 'Design your own beer day' for up to 8 guests (postage will be chargable to ship the 6 cases of designer beer) and 'Brewer for a day' for up to 4 guests.  There is adequate parking for one coach.

    • Cwrw Cader Ales, Dolgellau, Gwynedd

      First established in 2012, the brewery has grown, although it is still considered a micro-brewery.  The water is sourced from the Dolgellau hills and mountains.  Tours of 5 or more guests must pre-book.  The tour which includes tasting lasts approximately 1 hour.

    • Purple Moose Brewery - Porthmadog, Gwynedd

      Y Bragdy Mws Piws / The Purple Moose Brewery is a 40 barrel micro-brewery based in the historic harbour ton of Porthmadog close to the mountains of Snowdonia.

     

      South East Wales

    • Kingstone Brewery, Tintern, Monmouthshire

      This four barrel micro-brewery based produces beer using traditional recipies.  They offer a Brewery tour which includes tasting for up to 20 visitors.  They also hold Brew days for a maximum of 6 where guests can brew beer and have lunch. There is no access for coaches but there is room for a minibus to park on site.
    • The Rhymney Brewery - Torfaen, Newport
      Located in the World Heritage site of Blaenavon, the visitor centre provides information on the brewing process of real-ales. Plenty of parking available for coaches.

       

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     Mid Wales 

  • Monty's Brewery - Montgomery, Powys
    The visitor centre called ‘The Cottage’ is a place to learn about the brewing process for Monty’s, taste the local brew and buy souvenirs from the shop. A Brewery talk and tasting tour can be arranged for up to 8 people.

     

       South West Wales

    • Bluestone Brewing, Newport, Pembrokeshire
      Located in the rocky foothills of Bluestone Mountains, North Pembrokeshire, the family run brewery brews ales from bold ingredients.  Up to 30 guests can attend the free Micro Brewery Experience.  They also offer Brew Days where up to 2 visitors can have the experience of brewing commercial beer whilst learning and sensing the raw ingredients. Booking is essential for both tours.  There is parking for one coach.

    • Gower Brewery, Swansea
      Established in 2011 this brewery is located in the UK’s first area of Outstanding Natural beauty on the Gower Peninsula. They ensure they use high quality ingredients and use old fashioned, traditional methods at the highest standard.  Tours must be booked in advance.  They run during the early evening and can accommodate between 10-20 guests.  
    • Gwuan Valley Brewery, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
      The Gwaun Valley Brewery was set up in 2009 in an old granary, where there is an idyllic setting overlooking the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire. The farm has a natural spring water and this is used to make the beer. 
    • Tomos Watkin Brewery - Swansea
      The ingredients used in this brewery are specifically chosen to give each beer its own distinct character. Tours of a minimum of 12 people and maximum of 25 are available by appointment. There will be a half hour guided tour of the brewery followed by a tasting session and buffet.  The tour will take around 3 hours. There is parking available for coaches.

      Updated September 2017

 

 

Wine Tours 

   

 
   North Wales

  • Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard, Conwy
    The family vineyard enjoys views of the Snowdonia National Park.  The soil and North Wales climate helps the hybrid grape work. Tours for up to 30 visitors take place on set days and last up to 2 hours. They also host a cheese and wine evening which again lasts for 2 hours.  Parking is more suitable for a small coach or minibus.
  • Pant Du Vineyard, Caernarfon
    Not only a vineyard but an orchard located at the foot of Mount Snowdon on the glacial slopes of the beautiful Nantlle Valley. Selling wine, cider, apple juice, and spring water, it’s a family-run business with a café on site. Tours, private parties and wine tastings are available.
  • Tŷ Croes Vineyard, Anglesey
    First established in 2003, the two and a half acre plantation of grapes produces both white and red wine.  The vineyard can be toured at a small fee, including tasting the wine which can be purchased at the shop.  A small herd of Highland cattle can also be seen when visiting.  Not suitable for coach tours or large groups. 

 

  Mid Wales

  • Llaethliw Vineyard, Aberaron
    There are 9 varieties of grape grown on the ever expanding plantation of vines.  Tours can be arranged on request.
  • Penarth Vineyard, Newtown, Montgomeryshire
    The vineyard is located on the  riverside and claims its uniqueness by growing vines which are not supposedly suitable for our climate. Yet the grapes survive and produce depth and richness in the taste.
     

  South West Wales

  • Cwm-Deri Vineyard & Estate, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
    Surrounded by the beauty of the Pembrokeshire National Park, guests can take a tour of the vineyard, take a stroll on nearby woodland walks and visit pets corner and farm animals. There are different options of tours to choose from and can be catered for up to 50 guests.  On-site accommodation is also available.
  • Jabajak Vineyard, Carmarthenshire
    Located close to the bluestone mountain range, the once working farm and stables was converted and restored into a restaurant with bed and breakfast accommodation, set within the vineyard. Self guided, guided and bespoke tours for up to 45 guests are available which can include tasting sessions. Suitable for coach parking.
  • Llanerch Vineyard, Carmarthenshire
    The vineyard harvests around 12 tones of grapes annually, producing the award winning Cariad Welsh wine.  It is also home to Angela Gray's cookery school, as well as restaurant and a five star hotel. Private group tours and tasting for up to 20 people last one hour but must be booked in advance. Self guided tours are also available without prior appointment.

     
 

 

  South East Wales  

  • Ancre Hill Estates, Monmouth
    The vineyard is located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the outskirts of Monmouth town.  It has tree topped hills on all sides the vines benefit from a meso-climate - low rainfall and many hours of sunshine. Guided tours available by appointment for up to 30 guests.  The drive is only suitable for small coaches and minibuses.
  • Glyndwr Vineyard, Cowbridge
    Established in 1979, the vineyard is the oldest in Wales. Situated in the Vale of Glamorgan, the family run estate has a menagerie of wild birds roaming around and also adjoining gardens to enjoy. Group tours - maximum size 50 - last around 2 hours, which includes a meal, dessert and wine - vouchers can be bought on line which can be used on selected dates only. Coaches can be accommodated.
  • Meadow View Vineyard, Cowbridge
    Gwin y Fro (wine of the Vale) is produced from grapes grown at the family-run vineyard with the help of rich clay loams. Vineyard tours by appointment only.
  • Parva Farm Vineyard, Tintern, Monmouthshire
    Situated on a south facing slope in the beautiful Wye Valley, Parva Farm Vineyard overlooks Tintern and its historic Abbey. The vineyard produces award-winning wines, meads and sparkling wines for all occasions. The farm is open year-round for visiting where you can enjoy a tour of the vineyard and sample the wine. Guided tours available May-September, booking in advance is essential.  Only mini buses and small coaches can be accommodated on site.
  • Sugar Loaf Vineyard, Abergavenny
    Five acres of vineyard is situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park at the bottom of the Sugar Loaf Mountains.  The location means the vineyard enjoys panoramic views over the Usk Valley. Seven variety of grapes are used to produce 'Quality Status' wine.  Self guided tours are offered daily - and pre booked guided evening tours offered.
  • White Castle Vineyard, Llanvetherine, Monmouthshire
    The family-run vineyard is set on five acres of land close to Monmouth and Abergavenny.  Set on a south facing slope for ideal grape growing conditions, visitors are welcome to enjoy tours and wine tasting. Cheese tasting and group tours of between 10-40 guest can be arranged with prior notice. There is suitable parking for coaches.


    Updated November 2017

 

 

Cider Tours 

 
  • Apple County Cider Co., Newcastle, Monmouthshire

    Apple County Cider produce premium award winning single variety ciders made from 100% apple juice produced and crafted with expertise on the farm in Monmouthshire.  Cider tasting tours can be booked in advance where visitors can take a guided walk around the orchard, visit the barn where the cider is produced before tasting the cider.

 

 
 
  • Raglan Cider Mill, Llanarth, Monmouthshire

    The Cider Mill is a family run business set in the heart of surrounding countryside. The products are traditionally made and matured in oak barrels. Visitors can sample and buy products at The Cider House. It is also available for parties, 

    functions and tutored cider tastings.

    Updated November 2017

     

 

 

 

 

Spirits Tours 

 
  • Penderyn Distillery, Aberdare, Glamorgan

    A visit to Penderyn Distillery is an opportunity to taste the finest Welsh whisky money can by. Like Welsh gold, Penderyn Single Malt Whisky is so rare that it has to be on strict allocation to markets outside Wales. It is one of the finest and most delicate malt whiskies available.

    The visitor centre offers tours of the distillery seven days a week up to a maximum group size of 20 at any one time. The tour takes approximately one hour. The distillery also offers master class whisky tasting for true whisky enthusiasts. This tour takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes and involves a guided tour where guests will see the still room and shop floor and have the opportunity to taste a range of Penderyn Single Malt Whiskies. Guests must be aged over 16. There is no wheelchair access to the distillery unfortunately and sensible footwear is required to be worn at all times.

    Penderyn also offer a range of evening and corporate/premium distillery tours by appointment only and available for groups of between 10-20 persons.

 
  
  • Dyfi Distillery, Machynlleth, Mid Wales
    Although tours are not offered, it is worth a visit to as they welcome "curious and enthusiastic gin hunters".  Awarded 'Best Gin in the UK" for its Pollination Gin in 2017, the distillery is located at the Corris Craft Centre between Machynlleth and Dollgellau.  Established in 2016, they also won seven medals at the International Wine and Spirit competition.  There are parking facilities for coaches.

    Updated September 2017

 

 

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