Parva Farm Vineyard

Overlooking the Wye Valley and offering the visitor wine tasting and tours of the vineyard.

For nearly forty years this award-winning vineyard has overlooked Tintern. Visitors are welcome to stroll among the vines and try our wines. 

Our news, February 2019
It doesn't seem possible that we are already in the second month of 2019 - it only seems a few days ago that we were celebrating New Year!
The weather so far this year has been very kind with plenty of dry days and not too much cold. We have been able to make good progress with pruning and most of the vines seem to be in good condition. We have put eight sheep in the vineyard to tidy up the grass for us and do a bit of manuring to feed the vines.

Parva farm Winter

Colin is making an effort to fix all our fences this winter. We have a lot of fences and are finding that the wooden stakes are not lasting longer than about four years. This time we have bought creosoted stakes (at twice the price of ordinary ones) in the hope that they will last for twenty years! He is also cutting up the many trees which have fallen in the last few years so we will have plenty of firewood both for ourselves and to sell.

The sheep and cattle are having extra fodder now as there is not much grass for them. Colin had put a big bale of hay in a feeder for the ewes and when he went up the hill to check them the next day, there was a large Fallow buck helping them eat it!

We will soon be having the ewes scanned to see how many lambs they are having. (Lambing is due to start about 26th March.) If the ewes are having triplets, we will give them extra feed and if they are only having a single lamb, they will be given less as we do not want them getting too fat. Thinking about lambing makes us feel that spring is on the way. We have lots of primroses, snowdrops and hazel catkins around the farm which also remind us that the days are getting longer.

The latest batch of “Tintern Parva Cider” has now been bottled. This is a collaboration between local businesses in Tintern Parva. The apples are from the orchard at the Nurtons (home of Adrian, Elsa & Gemma Wood - who also runs the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden). Colin makes the cider which ferments in an oak barrel in our workshop and is then bottled by Mark from Kingstone Brewery. The cider has been double fermented to give a smooth, dry appley tipple which we will be selling in our farm shop alongside our wine.



History
Parva Farm Vineyard was planted in 1979 on a south-facing slope, overlooking the village of Tintern and the beautiful River Wye. Colin and Judith Dudley (the present owners) took over the farm and vineyard in 1996 when it had been badly neglected and worked to bring it back to the productive state in which you will find it today.

About the Vines & Wines
4,500 vines of 15 different varieties cover an area of approximately a hectare. These old vines produce high quality grapes from which our white, rosé, red and sparkling wines are made. Over the years many awards, both national and international, have been won by our wines. Our specialities are Bacchus dry white, Pinot Noir rosé, and white and rosé sparkling wines.

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Vineyard Tours
Leave the crowds behind and stroll among the vines learning about the history of the vineyard and winemaking and how we grow our vines on this Welsh hillside. Admire the wonderful views from the top of the vineyard and perhaps bring a picnic and relax in a quiet place to enjoy it. You may glimpse some of our wildlife – we have a resident family of green woodpeckers and buzzards are frequently seen.

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Vineyard tours may be self-guided (following the arrows and reading the signs) which can be taken any time during opening hours or guided, which need to be booked in advance. Tours are followed by a tasting of some of our wines.

We do ask that you wear sensible footwear as the vineyard is fairly steep and the grass can be slippery. Because of the steep slope, the tour is not suitable for disabled or infirm visitors.

Guided tours and wine tasting are popular with groups (we can cater for 8 to 25 people) and can be taken in the day or evening during the summer months. (Please see more details below.) They are also great for hen parties!

We do special tours for couples or very small groups by arrangement.

After a tour, it is usually possible to book a meal at one of the local hotels. The Wye Valley Hotel is at the bottom of our drive and Sue and Barry would be pleased to hear from you. (Phone 01291 689441).

For special events, please see our website.

Our Vineyard Shop
The shop is open every day except Wednesday from 11.30am to 4.40pm in winter and from 1.00pm to 5.30pm in summer. Our full range of wines is on sale and available for tasting alongside our Mead and Fruit Wines. We sell locally produced Perry, Cider & Ale, local honey & preserves. We also have a range of gifts and wine related products.
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Outside, around a seating area, there are garden plants and shrubs for sale – many of which are unusual. There is a picnic table in our garden which visitors are welcome to use.

The Farm
The vineyard is situated on a working farm where there is a small herd of pedigree Hereford cattle, sheep and ponies.

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In the spring, after we have finished lambing, we hold an exhibition called “Come & See the Lambs” in which we have ewes and lambs and sometimes orphan lambs. There is also information about sheep and how we look after the flock at Parva Farm. 

We have our own car park where we can take cars and small coaches. Unfortunately, large coaches are unable to access it due to a bend in the drive.

For more information or to book a tour or hen-party, please ring 01291 689636 and speak to Judith or email parvafarm@hotmail.com
Contact
Judith Dudley
01291 689636
email
parvafarm@hotmail.com
Website http://www.parvafarm.com