Lesley Griffiths , the Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs and her guests were treated to Welsh award winning sparkling wine at a presentation at the Royal Welsh Show on Monday 18th July. The minister & guests had gathered for a presentation of the trophy won by Parva Farm Vineyard, Tintern, for their “Tintern Parva Dathliad” sparkling wine to Judith Dudley who owns the vineyard with her husband Colin. The award, which was given by the Welsh Assembly Government, was for the best Welsh wine in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition which was held at Llanerch Vineyard near Cardiff from 22nd- 24th June. This was the first time the competition had been held in Wales.
This was the second presentation of the trophy. Initially it was presented at the U.K. Vineyards Association presentation dinner held at the Vintners Hall in London on Tuesday 12th July. The presentation there was by Justin Slade from Food & Drink Wales to Colin & Judith. The Welsh Assembly Government is very keen to promote Welsh food & drink and is giving the Welsh Vineyards Association their support.
Parva Farm Vineyard, owned by Colin & Judith Dudley, was planted in 1979 and taken over by the Dudleys when they bought Parva Farm in 1996. The vineyard had been badly neglected at that time & it took plenty of hard work to get it back in production. From 2001 onwards the one hectare vineyard has, on the whole, produced good harvests and the wines have won many awards over the years in both national & international competitions. “Tintern Parva” wine was served at a summit dinner in Brussels in 2004 & the W.A.G. have also used it for their functions. Judith Dudley commented that they have been at Parva Farm for 20 years this year & were wondering how to celebrate this. Winning the special trophy for their “Tintern Parva Dathliad” sparkling wine (Dathliad means celebration) has been a great way to celebrate!