National Geographic Traveller (UK)
CENARTH BRIE & ANCRE HILL ESTATES CHARDONNAY
Richard and Joy Morris began planting vines on the grounds of their home in the village of Rockfield, Monmouthshire, in 2006.
Today, their wines are sold not just locally, but served in Michelin-starred restaurants including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Ancre Hill Estates is one of only a handful of wineries in the UK that’s Demeter-certified organic and biodynamic, operating with a policy of minimal intervention and an exceptional focus on sustainability and respect for the environment. One of Wales’s most highly acclaimed winemakers, its 30 acres of vineyards are situated on southfacing, limestone soil slopes close to the Wye Valley. Just over half of Ancre Hill Estates’ grapes are chardonnay, used to make both still and sparkling wines. The 2018 vintage of the former variety is fermented in stainless steel and oak barrels and aged on gross lees (natural sediment) for a minimum of 10 months. The resulting wine is a citrussy, acidity-driven chardonnay with notes of apple and a hint of vanilla — perfect for the high fat content of a soft, rich cheese such as brie.
Welsh artisan cheesemakers Caws Cenarth Cheese was first established as a family business in 1987. However, it has a history of cheesemaking that dates back to 1903, when two of current owner Carwyn Adams’ greatgreat-grandmothers made cheese for their families and to sell at the local market. From a farm in a rural hamlet in Carmarthenshire, around 100 miles west of Ancre Hill Estate, Carwyn and his family produce a range of award-winning cheeses, all handmade in small batches, using milk sourced from within 30 miles of their dairy. Their traditional French-style organic Cenarth brie has a mellow, fresh mushroomy flavour that intensifies with age, a hint of nuttiness and a gloriously gooey, creamy centre.
WHERE TO START: Ancre Hill Estates wines are widely available both online and in shops around the UK; visit the website for a list of stockists. Cenarth brie can be purchased from Caws Cenarth’s online shop as well via as online stockists including Abel & Cole. ancrehillestates.co.uk cawscenarth.co.uk ableandcole.co.uk
Scott James founded his speciality coffee roastery in his hometown of Ammanford to bring an industry back to the former mining community. It produces high-quality single origin and blended coffees. coaltowncoffee.co.uk
Pure water has been drawn from the natural springs beneath Llanllyr’s organic fields for more than 800 years. In 1999, Patrick Gee founded Llanllyr Source as a biodiversity project on his family farm; today, the awardwinning still and sparkling water is known for its purity. llanllyrsource.com
WELSH BLACK TEA
On a family farm in the Vale of Glamorgan, Peterston Tea produces 100% single-estate teas, with plants grown from seeds sourced from teagrowing countries such as Georgia and Nepal; its Welsh Black Tea was awarded two stars at the 2020 Great Taste Awards. peterstontea.com
ORGANIC APPLE AND PEAR JUICES
Welsh Farmhouse is one of the smallest food and drink companies to be honoured with a Royal Warrant. The Morris family produce handpicked, hand-pressed juices at their farm in southeastern Powys, making 30 different types of apple and pear juice each season. welshfarmhouseltd.co.uk
FFERM Y FFRITH
This award-winning, small-batch goat milk kefir is produced on a fourthgeneration family farm on the slopes of the highest summit of the Clwydian Range in northeast Wales. The tart, sour, slightly fizzy drink is made from the milk of their herd of British Alpine goats. fferm-y-ffrith.com