Ancre Hill Estates
The Harrow at Little Bedwyn's Roger Jones writes: Driving up the sweeping drive way you are enchanted by the beautiful neat vines and fabulous house as the centrepiece of this small vineyard which Richard and Joy Morris have set up in their retirement years.
Set in the middle of the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ancre Hill's vineyard is blessed with its own unique micro-climate, surrounded by tree-topped hills on all sides, with the famous Brecon Beacons to the north.
The Cellar Door offers wine tasting, Welsh cheese platters and, of course, the friendly warm Welsh welcome. There is also a cottage on the grounds which is available for rent.
Planted with Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc for the whites, Triomphe and Pinot Noir for the reds, the principal wines are still – dry, medium dry and a rosé. However the future sees possibly the finest sparkling wine from Europe, made from the 2008 vintage of Pinot Noir grapes. Currently lieing on its lees and due for release in Spring 2012, the aim here is to make perfection and worry about the cashflow later.
Ancre Hill’s still wines from its first vintage were championed with numerous awards including a Silver Medal in the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards. These are the first English or Welsh wines that I have listed in our restaurant, and without question are of a tremendous quality.
Roger Jones runs The Harrow at Little Bedwyn with his wife, Sue. AA Restaurant of the Year 2010 and Michelin-starred, the Harrow of Little Bedwyn has a national reputation for the warmth of its welcome, the flavour of its food and drinks, and the quality of the staff. Renowned for his wine expertise, Roger was recently made a Chevalier of L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.