It goes without saying that Cornwall is home to some top quality wines.
Over the last twenty years, wine producing in Cornwall has sky rocketed and has managed to make itself a household name for the likes of fresh whites, delicate roses and world-class sparkling. Like America’s golden wine country in the southern sun-kissed valleys of California, Cornwall is swiftly becoming the wine country of the British Isles!
Here, we’ve selected five of the best vineyards in Cornwall that you can visit, whether it’s to explore the stunning vines, spend an evening at a tasting session, or find yourself a new favourite wine to enjoy throughout this special week.
Nestled in the beautiful valleys of St Ewe in the Roseland, Bosue Vineyard is a family run business that offers intimate tours and tastings. Owner Paul Sibley and his family planted the vineyard nearly twenty years ago and have since produced wine for a variety of Cornwall’s local markets, stores and restaurants. They are ‘Cornish Wines from Cornish Vines’ and they pride themselves on their small boutique atmosphere and strong local connections.
We loved Bosue’s Quality 2014 Solaris White – made with pure solaris grape, this unique white wine is exclusive to Bosue vineyard and is one of their most popular wines.
At the top of St Austell located in beautiful country house surroundings, Knightor is more than just a stunning vineyard. With its fresh and seasonal themed restaurant it now caters to parties, weddings and private taste tours.
We loved Knightor’s Classic Curvee Brut – With delicate floral, citrus and apple flavours accompanying a vibrate and quite vigorous fizz, this elegant wine is fresh, fruity, with a lovely crisp acidity.
Located just outside of Penzance, Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard is a haven for lovers of wine and cider. With several awards for their produce and a selection of Cornish products available in their deli and shop, this is definitely one for your wine trail list.
We loved Polgoon’s 2014 Bacchus White Wine – Aromas of fresh spring grass, gooseberry and elderflower compliment the flavours of tropical fruit and peach in this vibrant wine. An ideal accompaniment for crisp salads, goat’s cheese, Cornish shellfish and young vegetables.
Just outside of Padstow, Trevibban Mill Vineyard is one of the newest vineyards on the scene and is an essential stop for anyone visiting the area. The stylish wine bar and tasting room enjoys stunning views across St Issey valley, and offers the perfect place to stop for lunch and a wine tour.
We loved Trevibban’s Constantine 2014 Chardonnay – Named after their favourite Cornish Beach, this wine is unique to Cornwall. Soft floral, melon, vanilla and light oak aromas meet peach, green apple and citrus in this smooth but crisp blend.
Protected by an amphitheatre of hills, Camel valley is a haven for grape growing. With countless awards under their belts and a host of buyers including Buckingham Palace and the G8 Summit, it is safe to say they know a thing or two about producing good wine.
We loved Camel Valley’s International Gold Medal winning 2012 Pinot Noir Rose Brut – strawberry scented and beautifully balanced with sharp raspberry flavours and a delicate fizz provide a refreshing and world-class sparkling.
Happy Wine Week everyone!