Pen-Y-Clawdd vineyard is being lovingly restored by Claire and Gilbert Viader following several years of neglect. It is located close to the hamlet of Pen-Y-Clawdd in the beautiful Welsh county of Monmouthshire. There are approximately 1600 vines, planted around 20 years ago, which cover an area just over an acre in size. There are several varieties planted including, Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc, Phoenix, Schonburger and Reichenstiener.
The couple took over the management of the vineyard in January 2017 and September 2017 was their first harvest, producing a small quantity of Seyval Blanc and Phoenix blended sparkling, which is due to be released in the summer of 2020.
The marvellous summer of 2018 resulted in a much more plentiful harvest producing a still white wine, aptly named ‘Renaissance’ (available from July 2020), along with a Pinot Noir & Seyval Blanc blended sparkling and rosé sparkling, which will remain on the lees for approximately two years.
The autumn of 2019 was one of the wettest on record and the vineyard struggled with both access across muddy fields and finding a dry weekend to harvest! However the Pinot Noir and Seyval Blanc both survived the rain and have gone to produce more sparkling wines for the vineyard.
And so to 2020, a strange year for everyone and no less this small vineyard where the wet weather prevailed throughout the winter, followed by a spring of record breaking sunshine. A combination of personal issues, Coronovirus and a late frost have all had an impact, however things look promising and we wait to see how the story unfolds!