Bernard and Tanya Herbert|
Farm shop: Open daily Noon-4.p.m.
Now, there is a new agricultural enterprise in the area. In a unique location above the River Severn just outside Newtown lies the Penarth Estate Vineyard that combines the growing of classical grape varieties with the ‘traditional’ Welsh varieties.
Bernard and Tanya Herbert planted their first vines in 1999, and the acreage was
increased 2 years later, so that all 10 acres of vines are now bearing fruit.
Varieties that are grown include German and French varieties such as Madeleine
Angevine. However, the majority of the vines are the classical ‘sparkling wine
grapes’- Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. These are vines that the
experts believe cannot be grown outdoors in Wales- however the health of the
grapes suggests that the experts may be wrong.
The vineyard has no winery, and wines are being produced by Three Choirs at Newent.
A still Pinot Noir 2005, a Pinot Chardonnay and a brace of sparkling wines are
currently being sold, both in London restaurants and at the new ‘Feast of Food’
delicatessen, owned by renowned Welsh cook Lavinia Vaughan in nearby Caersws.
The vineyard shop was opened for the pre-Christmas season and sells hampers,
olives and local cheeses in addition to the wines.