Enjoy the grape harvest

It’s October, so it must be the wine harvest. Wales’s vineyards are bringing in the grapes, preparing the next great Welsh vintage. The Romans might have brought wine to Britain, but the first commercial Welsh vineyard wasn’t planted until 1875, by noted industrialist Lord Bute at Castell Coch.

There are now more than a dozen Welsh wineries, and some of our favourites include Parva Farm Vineyard, overlooking the romantic ruins to Tintern Abbey, and Llanerch with its restaurant, hotel and cookery school.

If you’re too locked-down for touring the vineyards, you could order up some award-winning wine and have yourself a private tasting. And maybe start with some bubbles, as White Castle Vineyard’s sparkling white vintage 2017 has just won best Welsh wine at the 2020 WineGB Awards.