Case Studies

20 December 2017
This weekend sees the launch of Wales’ first fortified wine – ‘1581’ - by award-winning Monmouthshire vineyard White Castle.   The result of four years of planning by White Castle’s owners Robb and Nicola Merchant, the new alcoholic drink is similar in style to Port.   The grapes are harvested and aged in the same way as Port and the result is a drink with an abv (alcohol by volume) of 19%.   Says Robb “Since we’ve had the vineyard it has always been a dream of ours to create a Welsh fortified wine. To make it you have to have a quality grape and were
20 December 2017
‘Make a meal of lamb this Christmas’ – that’s the message from new mail-order meat enterprise - Tŷ Unnos Lamb.   With help from agri-food project, Cywain, Ceredigion brother and sister Lisa and Owen Jones have formed a partnership which they hope will increase the margins on their PGI Welsh Lamb, and bring the quality and versatility of Welsh Lamb to a wider audience.   The siblings are the seventh generation to run Penlanwen Farm in Llanddewi Brefi, where they keep a 1,000-strong flock of improved Welsh Mountain sheep.   Says Owen, “While we produce lamb for the export market, we wanted to try and increase
20 December 2017
Shoppers in Pembrokeshire are being urged to look around them this Christmas and support local food and drink producers. Agri-food project, Cywain, has launched a new campaign #CywainWelshChristmas  #NadoligCymreigCywain to promote the quality and variety of food and drink produced in Wales. As part of its campaign Cywain – which supports the development of new markets for growth orientated businesses in the agri-food sector – is highlighting the huge array of artisan-made products available in Pembrokeshire. From cheeses to jerky, rum to chillies, the county is bursting with new food talent and flavours. There are environmental benefits to buying local too, such as lower
22 November 2017
North Wales farmers group, Ffermydd Teuluol, has taken control of the food chain from farm to plate with the launch its PGI Welsh Lamb ready meals.   Ffermydd Teuluol unveiled its quick and easy to cook dishes at the Cywain stand at the Royal Welsh Show.   Originally the eight strong group of sheep and beef farmers came together in a bid to understand more about retailing PGI Welsh Lamb, with the aim of boosting market prospects for their meat.   With help from Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp programme and marketing guidance from Cywain they undertook research into the retail sector, and also met with retailers and
22 November 2017
Working in the City of London and beekeeping in West Wales are occupations which are poles apart, but Marion Dunn has successfully swapped roles to establish her honey business – Wenallt Hive. No longer a hobby but a full-time business Marion has developed her range of honey and beeswax products, along with an innovative new product - Honey Vinegar - which was launched with Cywain’s help at the Royal Welsh Show. A unique product on the UK market the honey vinegar takes 18 months to make and mature and, like all Wenallt Hive products, it contains no artificial preservatives, colourings or flavourings