We love a glass of wine and can usually come up with a cause for celebration in order to justify its consumption. And what’s better, as the Cornish wine scene flourishes there’s more and more opportunity to buy local - in fact one of our favourite fizzes comes from just up the road, close to Wadebridge. So whilst the Cornish weather may not always be perfect beach weather, it is apparently perfect for growing grapes, which means a whole host of vineyards to visit, where we can tour the vines, take tastings and buy direct from the producers.
Home to our favourite fizz, which if we could we’d consume every Friday as a ‘liquid’ congratulations for simply getting to the end of the working week. Camel Valley stormed onto the Cornish wine scene years ago, and I believe paved the way for the rest of the producers that we now see thriving in the local industry. Bob and Annie planted their vines in 1989, within one decade they’d won dozens of national awards and retailers were squabbling to get their hands on product. The vineyard nestles on the banks of the beautiful Camel Valley and is open March – September for tours, tastings (I recommend the Grand Tasting, which includes fizz) and there’s a shop where you can stock up.
Sheltering on the south coast, with a pretty granite courtyard complex that houses more than just booze infused tipples, there’s a full blown eating experience to be had here. Yes there are tours, brilliant tours that take visitors right the way through the wine making process, but there’s also a restaurant that’s open for light lunches and snacks, as well as wine matched evening dining and extravagant tasting events.
If wine isn’t your thing or you fancy ordering a pint along with a ‘glass of white for the lady’ Polgoon is the vineyard of choice. Alongside fresh young wines, they produce elderflower and apple fizzes, traditional and berry infused ciders and pressed juices, which means tours and tastings here have quite an eclectic spin to them. They’ve also been known to host a wassail in the past – a New Year Cornish tradition to ensure a good apple harvest the following year, which involves firing shot guns into and hanging burnt toast from the apple trees.
Another St Austell based vineyard soaking up the south coast sunshine for a bumper crop of vines. Bosue can also boast an award winning sparkle, along with rose and still whites. Tours and tastings are available and you can buy direct from site at their cellar door.