The 21 acre Llanerch Estate is set in the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with lovely villages and bustling market towns, only a short journey from the centre of Wales' vibrant capital city. Cardiff with its world famous Millennium Stadium, its museums, theatres and night-life, its outstanding shopping facilities and the most exciting new waterfront development in Europe at Cardiff Bay. Almost on the doorstep are the popular seaside resorts of Barry and Penarth and the stunning Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Llanerch Vineyard, largest vineyard in Wales, produces between 15,000 to 25,000 bottles of white and rose wine each year and also limited quantities of a special bottle fermented, pink, sparking wine called Cariad Blush. Cariad wines have won many awards in national and international competitions and are enjoyed all over the world.
Llanerch Wood is a special, tranquil place which in springtime sees the area scattered with wood anemones, primroses and carpets of bluebells. In early summer the two lakes are surrounded with wild irises and, if you look very carefully, many small wild orchids. Birds of many descriptions have been seen within the woods and around the water including owls, buzzards, coots, dabchicks, moorhens, ducks and Canada geese and even the occasional kingfisher.
There is evidence that the Romans, and later the monasteries successfully grew grapes and made wine in Wales. At the end of the 19th Century, the Marquess of Bute made wine commercially in Cardiff Castle from grapes grown on the south facing slope of Castell Coch in Caerphilly. Llanerch Vineyard planted its first vines in 1986 with the first vintage of Cariad wines being produced for the owners' eldest daughter's wedding.
Cariad wines were estate bottled at the vineyard for over fifteen years but now the vats have been moved to another location in Gloucester. The process is still under the supervision of Llanerch Estate to ensure the wine making retain its high standards.
At the end of your visit you can have a wine tasting which is included in the charge. In addition you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with light refreshments (extra cost) and purchase wine and gifts in the vineyard shop.