A tour of local tipples along the Coastal Way
The designated driver is in for a hard time on this road trip! You can sample as you learn at these Welsh distilleries, breweries and vineyards along the coast. Discover wines, gins, whiskies, ales and other tipple-making companies that you may not have known about.
Cwm Deri Vineyard, Narberth by Cwm Deri VineyardThe scenic Cwm Deri Vineyard is renowned for its vast sampling opportunities Sample any of over 20 different products from their range of wines, liqueurs, mead and non-alcoholic drinks, many of which are made on-site. Wander around the vineyard at any time of year to see the vines used to grow grapes for the wine. Early summer to late autumn is the best time for grape-spotting. You can also toddle through woodland or visit their small holding of animals.
Dà Mhìle Distillery, Ceredigion by Dà Mhìle DistilleryThis distillery shares land with Caws Teifi Cheese. Pop into the shop to see and sample their lines of gin, whisky, brandy and scotch. Distillery tours run on certain days of the week in spring and summer, but you have to book in advance. On a tour, you'll see all of the different aspects of the production process, including ageing, brewing, distilling and bottling. Every tour gets to go to the tasting gallery, and sometimes you can try alcohol straight from the still.
Gwaun Valley Brewery, Fishguard by Gwaun Valley BrewerySurrounded by the stunning Preseli Hills, this family-run brewery is worth a visit for the views alone! We recommend you head to the microbrewery itself, which runs tours, sells real ales and keeps pigs. You'll know by the smell in the air whether it's a brewing day. If you smell malted barley and hops as you park up, you've timed it well for a tour and a taste of real ale!
This 40-barrel microbrewery sits close to Snowdonia in Porthmadog. On Wednesday mornings during the winter, you can join an hour-long tour of the brewing process by one of their expert brewers. You'll see every stage and have a chance to ask questions before the much-anticipated tasting at the end. There's a small fee for the tour, but included in the price is a voucher for a free pint at Purple Moose's pub, The Australia, and a voucher for their shop, both in Porthmadog.
Bluestone Brewing Co, Cilgwyn by Bluestone Brewing CoNamed after the nearby Bluestone mountains, this family-run microbrewery is proud to be associated with big and bold things, for that's what they aim for in their brews. The team use water that is filtered through the local mountains before it collects in a well on-site. It goes straight from the well into the process that creates their handcrafted real ales. Enjoy brewery tours, beer tasting and other events throughout the year.