Wales

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Ancre Hill Estates

Set in the heart of the Wye Valley, in an area of outstanding beauty, Richard and Joy Morris's vineyard is a young one. With first plantings in spring 2006 of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and red grape Triomphe, their first wine to be released created a stir with its awards – see below. Made at nearby Three Choirs Vineyard, the Welsh White has been joined by a 2009 trio of wines, including a rosé, and now a delightful white and rosé sparkler. Another site has since been planted, solely with Pinot Noir.

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Blaengawney Farm

Blaengawney Farm is the home of the only cider orchards in Caerphilly. With seven acres of new orchards set in a picturesque valley, visitors are free to roam around if they contact owners Andy and Annie Hallett in advance.

With its surrounding wildlife areas, formal gardens, ponds and vegetable patch, the farm building can be traced back as far as the early 18th century.

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Parva Farm Vineyard

Believed by some to be a site with Roman links and probably the vineyard for Tintern Abbey, Parva Farm is certainly Wales' oldest vineyard of the modern era. Colin and Judith Dudley bought it in the mid-1990s and set about modernising the vineyard and the wines on offer. Currently they grow 17 varieties on their 2.5 acre site, alongside their herds of sheep, pedigree Hereford cattle and horses.

Rosé and white still and sparkling wines are produced, along with a fruit wine – Seyval with summer fruits – and a spicy Welsh mead, with the Dudley's own honey.

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Penderyn Distillery

Within a few years of opening in mid-2008, Penderyn's purpose-built Visitor Centre has become one of the most popular attractions in Wales. Nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, in the UNESCO-recognised Florest Fawr National Park, Penderyn's founders spent £850K on a visitor centre to share what goes in to Wales' only whisky, and in the last year has seen 25,000 visitors through its doors.

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Purple Moose Brewery

Purple Moose Brewery opened its doors in summer 2005, when Ffestiniog Railway volunteer, Lawrence Washington, spotted a gap – plenty of visitors to Ffestiniog's home town, the former slate port of Porthmadog, but no local brews to enjoy.

Growing public demand for these delightfully flavoured beers has led to production quadrupling in size in recent years, and the visit offers a lovely chance to see a charming micro-brewery that is very much part of the community in the friendly town of Porthmadog.

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The Breconshire Brewery

Breconshire Brewery's original founder Justin – better known as Buster – Grant began his beer career for real in 1992 as a volunteer at the Great British Beer Festival. Some ten years later he took the plunge and set up his own brewery. Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, he remains small – "I'm the original one man band" he says – but his beers are now to be found throughout the UK. The range of six beers and some seasonals use solely British ingredients, hops as well as malt.

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Ty Gwyn Orchard

Situated on a large farm in the Monnow valley, Ty Gwyn has been growing cider apples on terraced orchards for around 40 years, where they've also been growing apples for Bulmers and blackcurrants for Ribena. In fact, it was a glut of apples that Bulmers didn't need, that eventually forced them to experiment with their own craft cider and they've not looked back since!

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