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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.

    Updated September 2017

 

 

    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 

   

  

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and be accommodated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Llaethliw Vineyard, Aberaron
    There are 9 varieties of grape grown on the ever expanding plantation of vines.  Tours can be arranged on request.
  • 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.
  • Meadow View Vineyard, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
    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.
 
 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
     
 

 

 

Cider Tours 

 
  • Apple County Cider Company

    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.


    Updated June 2017

 

 
 
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

Spirits Tours 

 
  • Penderyn Distillery

    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
    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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