Richard and Sue Norris of Glyndwr Vineyard in Llanblethian, have presented the Secretary of State for Wales with the first ever Welsh Brandy.
The brandy was produced as a result of poor weather conditions in 2013 which saw the acidity levels in the grapes failing to meet the acidity requirement for wine making. The decision was taken to make brandy instead of wasting the year’s grape crop. Here, the four year process began with the grapes being distilled and aged in wooden barrels.
Glyndwr Vineyard – Wales’ oldest vineyard – produced nearly 1,000 bottles of this iconic brandy and has received interest from upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose and five-star resort Celtic Manor.
Upon receiving the first brandy produced in Wales, Welsh Secretary and Vale MP Alun Cairns said, “Visiting Glyndwr Vineyard, it was fascinating to see the craftsmanship that goes into producing their high-quality drinks. All year round, intricate work is undertaken to ensure that by the harvest, the grapes are at their very best and are ready to be fermented to produce their widely popular beverages.
“It is an honour to have been presented with this, the first brandy produced in Wales. Richard and Sue are clearly very passionate about their vineyard and producing drinks to the very highest standard. Glyndwr Vineyard is a fantastic example of Welsh business and is proudly putting the Vale of Glamorgan on the map!”