Wales produces some of the best drinking water in the world. But if your preference is for something a little stronger we also have something for you.
We get a lot of rain in Wales and we put it to good use! Not only does it make our land lush and green, but it is one of the best tasting waters in the world.
The water collects on our beautiful mountains and filters through the ancient rock. This gives it purity and a mineral content which is a feature of waters produced in Wales, many of which enjoy popularity across the globe.
The distinctive blue bottles of Ty Nant Water is probably the most recognised. Having been served at many top tables and appeared in films and TV shows around the world.
Llanllyr Water is drawn from certified organic land in west Wales. The source is on a farm which has been in the same family for 800 years. It is found in many of the world’s top restaurants and hotels and is distributed extensively throughout the US.
Radnor Hills Water comes from the mountains of mid Wales. The company’s water and soft drinks are sold worldwide, including in Malaysia and Australia. It has won the coveted Queens Award for International Trade.
These are just a few of the many companies producing bottled water in Wales.
Prince's Gate Spring Water is another Welsh success story that you’ll see sold across Wales.
Welsh Whisky and spirits
Penderyn Distillery, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, uses the local water to create their Whisky. Made by the first Welsh distillers in over a century Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky was first launched on St David’s Day, 1 March 2004, in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. It received huge critical acclaim from both acknowledged whisky experts and “everyday” consumers. Penderyn is exported across the world including to the US, New Zealand and Australia. As well as Whisky Penderyn produce Merlyn Liqueur, Brecon Vodka and Brecon Gin.
Wales is surrounded by sea on 3 sides and for centuries we’ve been eating the traditional delicacy of laverbread made from seaweed – but Seaweed Gin is a more recent development. It is made by Llandysul based Dà Mhìle Distillery in Ceredigion, west Wales and is one of the company’s range of Artisan organic spirits. The range also includes Orange 33, with an orange citrus palette and undertones of rich coffee beans alongside Dà Mhìle’s scotch whisky. Although based in Wales, the company’s name - Dà Mhìle (pronounced da-vee-lay) is Gaelic for 2,000 – reflects the close relationship with our Celtic cousins. Back in 1992, John Savage Onstwedder, an organic farmer and co-founder of Teifi Farmhouse Cheese, commissioned Springbank Distillery in Scotland to produce the world’s first organic whisky of the modern era in anticipation of the new millennium. The whisky is now made in west Wales.
Wales may not be the first place you think of when buy wine, but we are increasingly recognised as successful, with Welsh wine winning international awards.
Ancre Hill Estate's 2008 Sparkling Wine beat top champagnes and won the title of world’s best sparkling wine at the Bollicine Del Mondo competition in Verona in 2012. Wines produced by this family run business In the middle of the Wye Valley is the Ancre Hill Estate has won medals in in some of the top international wine competitions in the world, including Decanter, IWSC and IWC
Another prize winning wine is the Cariad range, produced at the Llanerch Vineyard in the Glamorgan countryside. Visitors can take a tour of the largest and oldest vineyard in Wales. There’s also a restaurant, accommodation and a cookery school!
Beer and cider
The first canned beer was produced in Wales. It was invented at the Felinfoel Brewery, Llanelli, in 1933, with the first cans on sale in 1935. Today Felinfoel Brewery, exports a range of beers to Tokyo. The Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog, produces ale which is popular locally in pubs and restaurants in North Wales as well as being exported to Finland, China and Hong Kong.
SA Brain & Co Ltd has a proud Welsh heritage that brings together centuries of brewing tradition. All Brain’s ales are produced in Cardiff and there are over 250 Brains pubs across South Wales, the West Country and central Cardiff.
The World's smallest commercial brewery is Bragdy Gwynant just outside Aberystwyth and is less than 5ft square! It has just one customer, the pub nextdoor, the Tynllidiart Arms (website being updated at present), where you can enjoy good food made with local ingredients alongside this local pint.
There are around 60 cider producers in Wales producing around 1.1 million litres of cider per year. They include Gwynt y Ddraig Cider, which also produces perry and export to Australia, Finland, Norway and Germany.