Wales’ largest cider maker set for further expansion following a buy-out funded by Finance Wales
A £500,000 loan from Finance Wales has provided Llantwit Fardre
businessman and former welder, Andrew Gronow with the capital to
buy-out Gwynt y Ddraig (Gwynt), the brewery he set up as a hobby
with his partner William George in 2001.
The cider and perry the pair produced soon won key industry
awards and in 2004, with the help of Welsh Government funding and
the encouragement of their friends and family, their hobby became a
Andrew has since driven Gwynt to win numerous gold, silver and
Gwynt’s gold medal-winning draught and bottled cider has won
world acclaim and is now available in 7 countries. In the UK
it is available at Brains and JD Weatherspoon and can also be found
on the shelves of Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose.
“We produce cider in the traditional way at Gwynt y Ddraig and
we’re passionate about the flavours we create. We use the best
homegrown ingredients and simple recipes to create striking
blends. I’m delighted to be taking over the company and
Finance Wales’ loan means I can keep driving the business
“We’ve come a long way at Gwynt y Ddraig since making our first
few barrels of cider using an old cider press back in 2001. I
have ambitious plans to continue expanding the brand both at home
and abroad and expect to take on more staff over the next few
years,” said Andrew Gronow, Managing Director at Gwynt.
Gwynt currently produces around 20 premium cider and perry
products, including the famous Orchard Gold and Black Dragon
ciders, fruit-based ciders as well as traditional scrumpy and
They are all made in the traditional way using carefully
selected ingredients and freshly pressed British apples at Llest
Farm in Llantwit Fardre.
Oliver Jenkins, Investment Executive at Finance Wales made the loan
to Andrew. He said: “Andrew has shown remarkable commitment
to Gwynt y Ddraig for well over a decade and his determination has
turned it into the award-winning Welsh brand it is today.
Gwynt’s blends have created a real impression in the industry and
it is now ready for further global expansion.
“Finance Wales’ loan has helped Andrew to buy-out Gwynt y Ddraig
and he will now be able to build on the company’s
achievements. His exciting plans for the brand include
introducing some exciting new products as well as further global
Over the years, Gwynt y Ddraig has established a reputation for
experimenting with traditional methods and blends to produce new
and unique flavours. It has also won numerous accolades from
the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as well as 10 gold medals and 2
silver medals at UK championships, the Supreme Champion Cider title
and Overall Champion at the International Cider Championships.