A WINE from the Parva Farm Vineyard, Tintern, yesterday scooped a silver award in the International Wine Challenge.

The Tintern Parva Bacchus 2009 took the award in what is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions in the wine world.

It was the only Welsh-produced wine to gain an award in this year’s competition, with Parva Farm Vineyard’s owners Colin and Judith Dudley delighted with the recognition.

Theirs is one of the oldest commercial vineyards in Wales, with plantings dating back to 1979.

The 31-year-old Bacchus grape has been a big success with customers and the Dudleys said it must have struck the right note with judges also.

It is a German grape variety which has produced wonderful wines when grown in Britain. It is aromatic with hints of elderflower.

This is the second time in less than a year that the vineyard earned major recognition.

In last June’s English and Welsh Wine of the Year 2010, it scooped a silver medal and four bronze medals, with the Bacchus 2009 gaining a highly commended.

The vineyard is situated in the Wye Valley overlooking the village of Tintern and its abbey and is open for visitors all year round.