Llanbadrig is now the most northerly vineyard in Wales. The initial experiment involved growing
vines in a greenhouse. However, in 2000, 2000 vines were planted on the 3 acre site 20-45 metres above
sea level in an East to West valley NE of Cemaes in Ynys Mon. The direction of the valley allows
the SW wind to ride high over the valley and a warm micro-climate exists with virtually no frosts, and little
summer rainfall.Average mean temperatures are over the critical 10 centigrade from May to October, providing ample
time for ripening. South of the Island is Snowdonia, which pushes the prevailing wind high, causing the
clouds to break before they reach the north coast area. The sunshine at Cemaes must be the longest in the UK (Valley Airfield
recorded an average of 1614 hours)
The soil is sandy-loam containing gravel and large stones which, placed under the vines, increase the
night warmth. Drainage is good, but has been improved on the lower slopes to assist winter run-off.Rainfall is very low,and can cause growing problems.
The winery and sales outlet was developed from derelict farm buildings.
Take A5025 (North coast Road) to CEMAES BAY. Turn right at village sign, passing GADLEY HOTEL. The vineyard is a mile further on,
on the right hand side as you drop into the Llanbadrig valley.
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