Choose the Vale Gin Trail for the ultimate gin lovers' experience
Indulge your botanical passions and desires amid rolling countryside and dynamic coastline... Breathe in juniper and citrus with a gin making and tasting experience in the cellars of 17th century Hensol Castle, or bottle and label your very own unique London Dry in the charming bar and micro-distillery at Bont Gin of Cowbridge... Savour blood oranges and lime with award-winning Barry Island Gin at Craft Republic in the vibrant Good sheds, or sip Penarth Pink in elegant gin-porium style at Gin 64.
The Vale of Glamorgan provides the perfect destination for a weekend or short break tonic. Easily reached by road and rail, and home to Cardiff's airport, the Vale's coast, countryside and culture are all just a short drive from the vibrant capital.
Award winning venues
Hensol Castle Distillery was recently listed in the top 10% of tourist attractions worldwide, after having been awarded a 2022 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award.
Barry Island Pink Dry Gin, recently named a winner in the Gin Guide 2022 Awards, was described as a “delicately coloured gin is bursting with fruit and floral aromas” with “good length and complexity”, and recently received a1-star Great Taste awards 2022 alongside the Barry Island Botanical Spiced Rum.
Hensol Castle Distillery’s Welsh Dry Gin has been crowned best in Wales at the prestigious World Gin Awards 2023.
The ceremony, which showcases the best of the best gins from all over the globe, saw Hensol Castle Distillery’s Welsh Dry Gin win the award for ‘Best in Country’. It will now go on to compete to win the title of ‘World’s Best Classic Gin’ in February 2023.
The Welsh Dry Gin also scooped a gold medal in the classic gin category, while the distillery’s two flavoured gins, which were launched in February 2022, also made the award podium. The Blood Orange Zest Gin won a silver medal and the Wild Strawberry and Hibiscus Gin won a bronze medal in the flavoured gin category.