Parva Farm Vineyard

Judith & Colin Dudley
Parva Farm Vineyard
Parva Farm
Tel: 01291 689636
Grid Reference: SO 533 009

Wines produced

  • Medium-Dry white wine
  • Dry white Bacchus
  • Red (Regent) and Pinot Noir
  • Sparkling wine
  • Mead and Summer Fruit wine
      Grape varieties
    • Bacchus
    • Muller Thurgau
    • Seyval blanc
    • Pinot Noir
    • Regent

  • Facilities

  • Picnic area
  • Shop Daily except Wednesday- 11a.m. to 6p.m.
  • Tours (by arrangement and self-guided tours
    Wine maker :Three Choirs
  • A history of Parva Farm

    Parva Farm vineyard was planted in 1979, which probably means that it is the oldest productive vineyard in Wales. It is on a steep, south-facing slope overlooking Tintern and its historic Abbey. This is likely to be the site where the monks from the Abbey would have grown their vines. It is also possible that the Romans had a vineyard here 2000 years ago

    17 different varieties of vines are growing in the vineyard although some of them only in small quantities. The main varieties are Seyval Blanc, Bacchus and Muller Thurgau (white varieties) and Pinot Noir and Regent which are red.Although it had been a good, productive vineyard, by the early nineties, it was falling into disrepair. When purchased in 1996 by Colin and Judith Dudley,it was very overgrown and needed new stakes and lots of hard work to get it back into production

    Crops vary from year to year depending a lot on the weather. The Largest crop to date was 11.5 tonnes harvested in 2006.

    Since they took over the vineyard, the Dudleys have planted more red vines (of the variety Regent) and they hope to be able to make larger amounts of red wine in the years to come.

    As well as wine, the vineyard is now producing Welsh Mead made with the Seyval Blanc wine and honey from the Wye valley and a Summer fruit wine which has various organically produced summer fruits added to the wine. Both of these wines are very sweet.
    In 2008, Parva Farm took a silver medal for its “off-dry” white wine, Tintern Parva Bacchus 06, two bronze awards – for Tintern Parva T Gwyn 06, a blend of Müller Thurgau and Seyval Blanc grapes, and the sparkling Tintern Parva Dathliad Rosé 06 – and a highly commended for the sparkling white, Tintern Parva Dathliad 04.
    Wine making takes place at Three Choirs Winery in Newent where their winemaker (Martin Fowke) won the U.K. Vineyards Association "Winemaker of the Year" award in 2004 and 2008.
    The vineyard has its own shop where wine may be tasted and purchased. It is open all year, every day (except Wednesdays) from 11.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Self-guided vineyard tours are available any time. Guided tours and tastings are by prior arrangement.
    There is a car park and picnic area. Gifts and local produce are for sale in the shop.