- Daily Post
Bryn Terfel has given the thumbs up to a series of new Welsh tipples produced in his home valley near Caernarfon.
The opera star visited Pant Du Vineyard and Apple Orchard, Penygroes, for the official opening of its new shop and visitor centre.
Owners Richard and Iola Huws called in a favour from Bryn, an old school friend from their days at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle.
The couple, who bought Pant Du in 2007 and planted their first vines on seven acres, produced their first run of wine this summer, a red wine called Rondo. It was well received and just 60 bottles of the initial 260-bottle batch remain.
Ultimately they hope to produce up to 12,000 bottles-a-year of eight varieties, including white, rosé and sparkling wines, under their P&D label.
Iola said: "We’ll have more Rondo next year but we’ll have to wait and see on the white varieties."
The couple have also planted up to 12 acres of apple trees to produce Welsh Cider and apple juice, and while their grapes are being shipped to Gloucestershire to be crushed and fermented, Pant Du plans to process its apples on site.
A new purpose-built processing unit has been constructed alongside the shop, which is also linked to a separate ‘tasting lounge’ for visitors.
The building was part-funded with RDP cash through the Llwyddo yng Ngwynedd rural initiative, with additional support from the Menter a Busnes project Cywain, which aims to add value to primary produce.
Pant Du shop will also be stocking items supplied by local food producers.
As it is a new venture, visitors are advised to check opening times
Details: 01286 880806.