Tease the tongue and soothe the soul with a drop of world-class wine, made in our very own Cornwall. Beautifully crafting artisan wines, these Cornish wine producers should be on everyone's list.
Camel Valley: Founded in 1989 by Bob and Annie Lindo, Camel Valley are recognised both locally and internationally. With an eye-watering number of awards and commendations, they regular win gold at world-wide championships and even secured the 2010 trophy for the ‘Best International Traditional Method Sparkling Wine’ in Verona, beating the likes of Bollinger and Roederer. Winning Gold for Cornish Distinctiveness three times, they offer a wide selection of beautiful wines, including sparkling and still. To get a real taste for their expertise, try their multi-award winning Pinot Noir Rosé Brut. Described by Matthew Jukes of the English Wine Compendium Mail Weekend magazine as “a phenomenal wine which is not only one of the finest rosés in the UK but also the world!”
Polgoon Vineyard: A family-run vineyard and orchard in Penzance, Polgoon Vineyard create superb wines with an ethical conscience. Creating a variety of artisan Cornish wines, local ingredients are used to maximise quality and reflect the beauty of the Cornish landscapes. Using our wonderful county as constant inspiration, these talented producers emphasise the important of taking care of the local environment and have a strict recycling policy. And, making sure their wines can be enjoyed by everyone, they are all certified vegan, too. To see what they can do, try Polgoon’s Seyval Blanc and Ortega White. Commended at the International Wine Challenge and Gold medallist at the Taste of the West Awards 2018, this wine “is lightly oaked to enhance the butterscotch complexity of white peach and grape flavours” and has a “floral and honeysuckle nose”.
Bosuse Vineyard: Bosuse Vineyard are a family-run vineyard sat just outside of the village of St. Ewe village on the south coast of Cornwall. With rolling, south-facing slopes, these producers harness the mild Cornish climate to grow a number of grape varieties, including Rondo, Regent, Solaris, Phoenix and Orion Grapes. With over 4,000 vines, they produce delicious white, rosé and sparkling wines and brandy, processing and bottling wines on site. If you would like to sample a drop of their lovely vino, give their Sparkling White Brut a try. Silver medallist at the South West Vineyards Awards in 2017, this delicate wine is made from both Orion and Johanniter grapes and has “plenty of floral notes, a balanced acidity and a lingering mousse”.
Looe Valley Wines: Established by Charles Boney and Sue Brownloe in 2008, Looe Valley Wines strive to create high quality artisan wines, made locally. Starting with the white grape varieties of Bacchus and Schönburger and red Frühburgunder in 2010, their east Looe Valley site is now home to 5,500 vines covering 4 acres. Pouring oodles of talent and creativity into every bottle, you can taste the passion with every sip. To get started, treat yourself to some of their Locrenton Red. A blend of the vineyard’s early Pinot Noir with Rondo and Regent grapes from a neighbouring Cornish vineyard, this red was highly commended in the 2018 South West Vineyards Association competition. Teasing the nose with a hint of spice and with blackcurrant, cherry and hints of plum to taste, it is a real tongue pleaser.