Into the grape unknown: the great Welsh wine tasting

The words ‘Welsh wine’ might once have raised a quizzical eyebrow, but no longer. As climate change has seen the terroir shift steadily north, even these wet, chilly hills can now produce a thoroughly decent drop. A growing crop of wineries have invested passion and effort to seriously raise the bar, embracing hardy, early ripening grape varieties suited to cool climates like Seyval, Phoenix and … Continue reading Into the grape unknown: the great Welsh wine tasting

Coaltown Coffee: Wales’ new black gold

Sometimes dreams really do come true… When Scott James opened an ultra-hip coffee roastery in the ex-mining town of Ammanford, he took one hell of a gamble. But boy did it pay off. Lodged in a slickly revamped former industrial unit, the open-plan roastery does a roaring trade in small-batch coffees, plus delicious wood-fired pizzas on the side. Why we love it…. Rarely does coffee … Continue reading Coaltown Coffee: Wales’ new black gold

Through the grapevine: Llanerch Vineyard Hotel

Welsh wine has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. And there’s no better proof of this viticultural coming of age than Llanerch, one of the UK’s first vineyard hotels, with its crisply designed rooms, restaurant dishing up season-driven food, and vineyard tours and tastings: deliciously rural and yet only a short jaunt from Cardiff. Why we love it… Sipping a glass of … Continue reading Through the grapevine: Llanerch Vineyard Hotel