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.
- Bragdy Conwy Brewery
The first Brewery in Conwy for over 100 years. Specialising in cask and bottle conditioned ales of the highest quality. They also run the Albion Ale House in Conwy which is unique in the UK, possibly the world, ran as a joint venture between four north Wales breweries: Conwy, Great Orme, Nant & Purple Moose.
- Cwrw Cader Ales
A husband and wife team, with a shared love of good real ale and the landscape of Southern Snowdonia. Cader Ales was set up in Dolgellau in the summer of 2012.
- Gower Brewery
Established in 2011 this brewery is located in the UK’s first area of outstanding natural beauty on the Gower Peninsula. Brewing to the highest standards using old fashioned, traditional methods.
- Gwuan Valley Brewery
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.
- Kingstone Brewery
Kingstone Brewery is a four barrel micro-brewery based in Tintern, Monmouthshire, they produce authentic artisanal products. The brewery tour includes a seasonal feast.
- Monty's Brewery
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. It is located in the Welsh hills in Montgomery in Powys, not far from Offa’s Dyke.
- Purple Moose Brewery
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.
- The Rhymney Brewery
Located in the World Heritage site of Blaenavon, the visitor centre provides information on the brewing process of real-ales.
- Tomos Watkin Brewery
The ingredients used in this brewery are specifically chosen to give each beer its own distinct character. Hands on experiences available from the tour.
- Ancre Hill Estates
Set in the middle of the Wye Valley on the outskirts of Monmouth town, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the vineyard is blessed with its own unique meso-climate, surrounded by tree topped hills on all sides, with the famous Brecon Beacons to the north. Guided tours available.
- Cwm-Deri Vineyard & Estate
Situated in the heart of Pembrokeshire this vineyard is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire National Park. They offer tours of the vineyard, wine tasting and wine making courses.
- Glyndwr Vineyard
This is the oldest and established and largest vineyard in Wales, the family run estate is in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan and comprises over 6000 vines. Group tours and tastings and you can buy the wine from the cellars by appointment.
- Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard
First planted in 2012, the vineyard has grown each year. The special grapes are chosen specifically to work well with the soil and climatic conditions in North Wales. A unique vineyard experience with the backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park.
- Jabajak Vineyard
Previously a working farm and stables Jabajak has been converted and restored into a restaurant with bed and breakfast accommodation, set within a vineyard. Self guided, guided and private tailored tours available, including cellar door and lounge tastings.
- Llaethliw Vineyard
Llaethliw Vineyard is situated on the coastal plain at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains in Neuaddlwyd, Aberaeron, on the West Coast of Wales. Tours for individuals can be arranged on request.
- Llanerch Vineyard
A restaurant, bistro and boutique hotel with self guided and guided vineyard tours, tastings and cookery classes available. They say the south facing slopes in the Ely Valley offer the perfect conditions to produce their very own Cariad Welsh wine, including estate dry white and medium dry wine.
- Meadow Vineyard
Benefitting from the rich clay loams of the Vale of Glamorgan and the relatively frost free environment, Gwin y Fro (wine of the Vale) is produced from grapes grown at the family-run vineyard. Vineyard tours by appointment only.
- Pant Du Vineyard
Pant Du Vineyard and Orchard has been planted on the south facing 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.
- Parva Farm Vineyard
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.
- Penarth Vineyard
Situated on a unique riverside location in Powys, they say their Welsh wine is unique because they grow varieties which are believed to be unsuitable for the climate, yet the grapes face the elements giving them a richness of flavour and depth of character. You can make an appointment to visit the vineyard, or visit, Quince’s, their delicatessen in Newtown, to sample their wine, or indulge in chocolates and local produce.
- Tŷ Croes Vineyard
The vineyard covers two and a half acres of vines that have now been turned into delicious Welsh wines. Producing white wines from Phoenix and Seyval Blanc, and Rondo which is red.
- Sugar Loaf Vineyard
Nestled at the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountains, the vineyard enjoys panoramic views over the Usk Valley. There are seven varieties of grapes planted on five acres of south facing slopes. Self guided and pre booked guided evening tours offered.
- White Castle Vineyard
The family-run five acre vineyard is planted on a gentle south facing slope in the village of Llanvetherine close to the towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth. Visitors can enjoy tours followed by tastings on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays and Monday and Thursday by arrangement.
- Wine Trail Wales
12 award-winning Welsh vineyards have grouped together to create a Welsh Vineyards Association. Many offer tours and tastings as part of Wine Trail Wales.
- Raglan Cider Mill
Based in the heart of rural Monmouthshire outside the village of Raglan, the Cider Mill is a family run business. 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.
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.