Work is well under way on Penarth’s newest night-spot “Tŷ Gwin” – a wine lounge due to open sometime after April 8th in what was previously The Pheasantry in Victoria Road.
The two men behind the scheme are Joao Ferreira and Pedro Fonseca both of whom are Portuguese dentists who’ve been working in Wales for more than ten years. Joao Ferreira works at a dental practice in Swansea and Pedro in Neath – where, incidentally, his clients include Neath Rugby Club for whom he produces bespoke gumshields.
The two business partners were determined to give the new wine lounge a Welsh name “Tŷ Gwin” – (meaning “Wine House” and pronounced “Tuugh Gween”) but many of the wines will coming from Portugal – including some from Joao’s own famous family vineyard Quinta de Gadaires in the Douro Valley.
The vineyard produces more than 40 grape varieties with predominant ones being Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz, Barroca and Touriga Franca.
The wine-lounge premises will be remembered by many Penarthians as once having been Sadler’s the well-remembered poulterers and fishmongers and, more recently The Pheasantry wine bar. The interior still features the original hand-painted Victorian tile-pictures of pheasants and fish – vestiges of Sadler’s – which are being retained in situ by the new owners for the new Tŷ Gwin wine lounge.
The two owners of Tŷ Gwin will still have plenty of time for their day job as dentists as the new wine bar won’t be opening until 16:00 each day.