Sir Bryn Terfel and Rob Brydon get behind Welsh Wine Week

Welsh opera star Sir Bryn Terfel and actor and comedian Rob Brydon have recorded a promotional video in support of the upcoming Welsh Wine Week.

Welsh Wine Week has been organised by the Welsh Drinks Cluster, a Welsh government funded initiative.

The virtual event, which will run from 27 July to 2 August, will feature online events and competitions run by over 30 vineyards in the country. The aim is to encourage greater knowledge and understanding of the industry, and ultimately increase sales.

The initiative has attracted vocal support from the likes of renowned bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, who in a video, revealed he had a personal connection to one winery, having been at school with the owners of Pant Du Vineyard, Richard and Iola Huws.

“I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and while doing so I have had amazing opportunities to taste some of the finest wines available and Welsh wines are beginning to creep up there. So, if you have not tried some, please do so during Welsh Wine Week,” he added.

Terfel, who was born in Pant Glas in Gwynedd, recorded a version of the video in Welsh.

He also filmed another video alongside Gavin & Stacey and The Trip star Rob Brydon.

“Welsh Wine Week is wonderful news, I hope it all goes well for everybody. I send everyone my very best,” Brydon said.

Those looking to take part in the event can follow the #welshwineweek or #wythnosgwincymru hashtags on social media.

It is believed that the first commercial vineyard in Britain was in Wales, planted by the industrialist Lord Bute in 1875 at Castle Coch in the outskirts of Cardiff. Today, the oldest vineyards in the country were planted in the late 1970s.

According to Welsh Vineyards Association chairman, Robb Merchant, who also runs White Castle Vineyard, winemaking in Wales has increased by over 70% in the last 10 years, with production now exceeding 100,000 bottles a year.

The event follows Welsh Wine Night, organised by trade body WineGB, earlier this year.

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