After an almost perfect year for vineyards in Wales, Parva Farm Vineyard at Tintern in the beautiful Wye Valley reports that they have completed their harvest. This has turned out to be one of the best ever with over 10 tonnes of grapes picked from the hectare of vines growing on the farm.
Colin Dudley who owns Parva Farm with his wife Judith said, “This has been a wonderful year for grape producers with an early start to the season giving the grapes longer to ripen. Our main variety,Bacchus, has given us over 5 tonnes of grapes which will be made into a dry white Quality Welsh wine. Our 2013 Bacchus was awarded a silver medal in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition. This is an increasingly popular wine, already well loved by our regular customers”.
Some of those customers lent a hand with the harvest this year, helping to pick the grapes & all said that despite aching backs, it was an experience to remember- in the beautiful surroundings of the Wye Valley on a lovely sunny day. Colin said, “A big thank you to all who came to help- it made the job a little easier”.
Parva Farm Vineyard was planted by its previous owner in 1979 and most of the vines are from the original plantings. “It is a commonly held belief that older vines produce better quality wine” said Judith Dudley, “So we hope this is true and that this vintage will produce wines to remember. Visit the vineyard next year for a taste of 2014!”