The Llanerch Hotel has opened in Hensol, South Wales.
The vineyard property is the result of a £2m investment by Ryan Davies, owner of Llanerch Vineyard, which is home to Cariad wines.
The two-storey hotel is situated in the vineyard and is located 20 minutes from Cardiff. It has 26 rooms and suites, each with views of the Welsh countryside.
As well as Llanerch’s wine tasting and vineyard tours, it is also home to a restaurant, which serves lunch, dinner and afternoon teas throughout the week.
Davies says: “To become the first vineyard hotel in the UK is a fantastic achievement for the team at Llanerch. Across Europe, wine hotels are very popular and we wanted to bring that unique experience to South Wales.”
Davies took over the vineyard in 2010 with the aim of replicating the wine tourism models he had seen whilst working in vineyards New Zealand and Australia.
Since then, Llanerch has become the largest commercial vineyard in Wales and attracts visitors from around the world with its restaurant and bar, marquee and lodge wedding venues, on site cookery school, wine tasting and vineyard tours.
Llanerch’s award-winning wines, branded as Cariad (meaning ‘sweetheart’ or ‘dearest’ in Welsh), are made from a mixture of French and German hybrid vines, well-suited to the Welsh climate. It harvests up to 12 tonnes of grapes and produces around 10,000 bottles of Cariad annually. Available as a sparkling blush, a sparkling brut, a dry white, a medium dry white and a rose, the wines are available in Llanerch restaurant and the onsite vineyard shop.