White Castle Vineyard
Our aim is to produce Quality Welsh Wines.
We are very passionate about what we do here at White Castle Vineyard and are always striving to be as good as we possibly can be.
We feel very privileged to have a vineyard here in Abergavenny.
White Castle Vineyard is a Welsh vineyard situated near the market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth it is owned and run by Robb and Nicola Merchant.
Having purchased the 12 acre small holding in 1995 they converted the milking parlour into their home a year later, however it was 2008 before the dream of owning a vineyard become a reality, the 5 acre gently sloping, south facing field was purchased, soil tests were performed and vines ordered.
May 2009 saw the planting of 4000 vines, the varieties of vines planted were Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo, Seyval Blanc & Phoenix, now there was no turning back, May 2010 saw a further planting of 800 vines this variety being Siegerrebe.
May 2019 marked their 10 year Anniversary since first planting and to mark this milestone they have planted a further 2000 vines these varieties are Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
Robb & Nicola have attended Plumpton College East Sussex to study viticulture, this training giving them the skills needed to produce quality Welsh Wines.
Robb and Nicola Merchant
We believe that quality wine making starts in the vineyard.
We have carefully selected varieties that we know will grow well in our soil and produce grapes of the highest possible quality in the micro climate of the vineyard.
The grapes are closely monitored, as they ripen they will be carefully hand harvested and selected, then immediately transported to the winery for pressing to ensure we retain all the freshness and fruity aromas intact.
This is a must not miss, if like us you enjoy good wine, cheese, and great hosts and hostesses. We arrived in the afternoon to a loverly host Rob, nothing is too much for him to make you feel at home, the cheese and wine tasting began with a full description of each cheese and wine. The wine is all from the vineyard outside and a tour is conducted by Rob with a history of how he and his wife started it all . After you can purchase any of the wines and many other items . IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA YOU MUST NOT MISS THIS, BOOKING IS ADVISABLE
We visited with friends and were given the tour of the vineyard by the owner. He was friendly, informative and his passion for his craft was obvious. We were shown around the restored barn and then the vines where I personally learnt a lot about the wine making process, from vine to bottle. We then went on to taste some of the wares and again my education continued. We left with some of their sparkling white wine and fortified wine (untasted) and our friends took a variety of the red wines. The fortified wine (port by another name) was excellent but the sparkling wine was absolutely superb! As good as, if not better than, any champagne we’ve had in the past. This is a great way to spend an hour or two, having your knowledge expanded by an excellent host.
We discovered White Castle Vineyard while driving to visit the nearby White Castle on a weekend excursion from the Cotswolds. The vineyard is not large. Think quality over quantity. I enjoyed the vineyard tour, wine tasting, and talking with Rob more than I did visiting the White Castle (which was pretty cool to visit).
The wine was good. I definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area. Make it a stop on your Welsh wine visit.
Rob also recommended the nearby 1861 restaurant. His taste in wine seems to be as good as his taste in restaurants.