Vale Of Glamorgan
CAMRA Silver Medal For Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees Perry
Gwynt y Ddraig, the award-winning Welsh cider and perry company based in the Vale of Glamorgan, has done it again, winning the Silver medal for its Two Trees Perry at the CAMRA National Cider and Perry Championships 2013.
Award-winning Two Trees Perry is a pale, fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate. It is one of a select range of award-winning ciders and perries produced by Gwynt y Ddraig, using traditional methods, from freshly harvested, freshly pressed fruit.
Gwynt y Ddraig Cider started production in the late autumn of 2001. Bill George and Andrew ‘Drew’ Gronow embarked on a cider-making venture with one remit: to make cider using traditional methods, and they have gone from strength to strength, increasing production every year and broadening their selection of draught and oak matured bottled ciders.
Their most popular ciders include Orchard Gold, Black Dragon, Perry Vale, Dabinett and, the new addition to the range, Autumn Magic Cider & Blackberry. Most of their cider apples come from Welsh orchards and the extra fruit from Somerset and Hereford. The apples are milled and pressed on their farm and the apple juice left to ferment and mature in oak casks using traditional methods. Their Gold Medal Cider is a traditional farmhouse cider which won the CAMRA Gold medal in 2004 – the first Welsh cider producer to achieve a Gold Medal.
Gwynt y Ddraig Ciders Limited, Llest Farm, Pontypridd, RCT, CF38 2PW
The final round of judging for CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championships 2013 took place at the popular Reading Beer and Cider festival. The competition featured ciders and perries from across the UK, with each cider and perry judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal. The top prizes were awarded by a specially chosen panel of judges, including publicans, drinks writers and CAMRA members.
Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry Committee Chairman, had this to say on the quality and diversity of entries: “This year it was impressive to see the sheer range of flavour within what was a very accomplished field of entries. The quality of ciders and perries was genuinely outstanding in 2013, but the diversity is what really impresses and which makes these beautiful beverages something we think everybody should give a try.”
2013 will see CAMRA celebrate 25 years of campaigning for real cider and perry. ‘Real cider’ is a term used to describe traditional cider made from freshly pressed apples, with no added flavourings or colourings. Served still rather than force carbonated, real cider is unpasteurised and unfiltered to produce a truly natural and delicious alcoholic drink. As cider is made from apples, perry is made from pears. More information on CAMRA’s national cider and perry campaigns can be found at www.camra.org.uk/cider
Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider company brews for the Welsh Warrior Foundation
A charity set up in memory of the 200th soldier to lose his life whilst serving in
Afghanistan is to benefit from the proceeds of the sale of a new Welsh Cider.
Welsh Warrior Cider has been developed by Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider company in aid of the Welsh Warrior Foundation – a charity set up in memory of Pte Richard Hunt which aims to help the Welsh service personnel or those attached to the Welsh regiments and their families.
Minister with responsibility for the Armed Forces, Families and Veterans in Wales, Carl Sargeant joined Hazel Hunt from the Welsh Warrior Charity and Bill George Operations Director at Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider at the launch in Brecon.
Carl Sargeant said: “I am pleased to be supporting the Welsh Warrior Foundation which I know is very close to a number of people’s hearts.
Charities such as this ensure that our fallen heroes are not forgotten and that some good can follow from such tragedies. Hazel Hunt should be extremely proud of both her son and herself for the work she has done since setting up this Charity.
“We owe an immense debt of gratitude to our Armed Forces. The role played by the Armed Forces cannot be quantified: They protect our security and defend our freedoms and way of life.
“I will continue to work with the Armed Forces community in Wales to ensure that we identify areas of concern and that public services continue to respond to the needs of this community.”