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. 

News from Parva Farm Vineyard
July is a busy month at the vineyard. The sheep have all been shorn and the lambs have been wormed and sprayed with fly repellent to stop them from getting fly strike. With the hot weather the ewes and rams were really pleased to get rid of their woolly coats!

The Hereford herd has increased to 27 with this year's calves and a couple of purchases. We now need to sell some of the youngsters or we will have too many cattle on the farm during the winter.

The road closure has had a bad effect on our business this summer. Many of our visitors have said how difficult the diversions are with not enough signs to tell them they are going the right way. Quite a number have got lost and one poor man, having approached from the Monmouth direction to visit the Abbey, took the diversion by the Wye Valley Hotel and ended up in Trellech!

The vines have been enjoying the warm weather we have experienced recently
and flowering went really well. There are now many bunches of tiny grapes which are rapidly increasing in size. Colin & I have been kept busy cutting the vines back and thinning them out to keep them tidy- a never ending job in the summer as once all 4500 have been done, it is time to start at the beginning again.

It is difficult to believe that the Vineyard was planted 40 years ago, in 1979. Most of the vines are original and are still managing to produce a good crop of grapes. To celebrate 40 years we are going to have a special week's opening at the end of August from Saturday 24th August until Sunday 1st September. There will be a display about the vineyard and the vines and free vineyard tours and wine tastings so that everyone can join in the celebrations. We will be giving tastings of our first ever “Late Harvest” wine. This is a sweet wine made from our Bacchus grapes which were picked late in the season when they had developed more sugar.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to join in our special celebrations!

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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