The Cardiff Wine Passport is back for a new summer edition – and this time you can drink in three new venues, try even more wines – and even sip on one of two specially-created wine cocktails.
The scheme was first launched in August 2022; allowing intrepid wine explorers to purchase a physical 'passport' which can be used to claim six handpicked glasses of wine at six city centre venues of their choice, earning stamps for their passports as they go.
The new 'Summer Edition' of the Cardiff Wine Passport will be valid from 6th August for eight weeks (from Sunday to Thursday); and this time, there are 12 independent hospitality venues signed up to take part. These include:
And the brand-new venues joining the summer edition are:
As with previous editions, the summer passport will offer a choice of two different wines at each venue (except The Dead Canary who will offer a choice of two wine cocktails).
For an extra cost, passport holders can also add a suggested food pairing designed to perfectly match their glass of wine with a seasonal small plate or bar snack.
This year, the wines on offer include a wide selection of whites and reds, and for the first time, a couple of orange wines - orange wine is made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice, creating a deep orange-hued finished product.
The Cardiff Wine Passport was created by wine-lover and independent PR consultant Jane Cook, as a way to showcase some of the city centre's best independent bars & restaurants – places that can sometimes be overlooked in favour of big-name chains.
"It's the independent bars and restaurants of Cardiff city centre that make it stand out from anywhere else in the UK, they give our city its own unique identity and flavour. The Cardiff Wine Passport is all about showcasing these venues in a fun and creative way - and giving people a great excuse to visit places they might not have considered or known about before."
The Summer Edition of the Cardiff Wine Passport has once again been supported by FOR Cardiff, the not-for-profit Business Improvement District (BID).
Carolyn Brownell, Interim Executive Director at FOR Cardiff, said:
"We initially funded the creation of the first Cardiff Wine Passport using our City Ambition Fund, and it's been brilliant to see the scheme go from strength to strength. The impact it has made has been so significant that we came on board as a sponsor at the beginning of this year, and now we're looking forward to seeing the brilliant summer iteration come to life."
The Cardiff Wine Passport at Vermut on Guildhall Place in the city centre
Since its first pilot in 2022, the Cardiff Wine Passport has grown to become a hotly anticipated fixture in Cardiff's events calendar. With a limited availability of only 900 passports available, the Summer Edition will cost £26 (or £50 for two) and go on sale at 10am on Friday, 28th July.
You can sign up for priority on-sale access and an exclusive 24 hour discount code via the Cardiff Wine Passport website at cardiffwinepassport.co.
For more information, follow the Cardiff Wine Passport on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @cdfwinepassport.
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