Knightor’s vineyards at Seaton, Cornwall, June 2015.
As British wine continues its upward trajectory – winning medals and appearing on wine lists in top restaurants at home and abroad, opportunities to visit vineyards and taste British wines are being snapped up by those in the know. Cornwall, with its mild climate and long summers, is particularly well placed to produce good still and sparkling wines and as a result there are several successful vineyards to visit within an easy drive of The Fieldhead Hotel.
Camel Valley is Cornwall’s most established vineyard. Bob and Annie Lindo have been making wine on the banks of the River Camel for over two decades, winning multiple medals with the help of their son – winemaker Sam Lindo. Winemaking in a peripheral location (where it is difficult to ripen healthy grapes) is difficult, but the Lindo’s have risen to the challenge and now make four sparkling wines, three still whites and a rosé.
Camel Valley has a beautiful ‘cellar door’ where visitors can taste the wines and talk to the winemaking team. You can buy a glass of your favourite and sip away on the terrace, enjoying the view of the valley. Alternatively visitors can book a tour and discover exactly what goes into every glass of Camel Valley – click here to find out more.
The drive from Looe to Camel Valley takes just over 40 minutes.
Knightor Winery was officially launched in 2012. The growing collection of still and sparkling whites and rosés have quickly become popular thanks to their refreshing flavours and dry finish.
Set in pretty countryside near St Austell, the renovated farm buildings at Knightor house a modern winery, equipped with stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. The fruit itself is primarily sourced from the two vineyards owned by Knightor, at Seaton in South East Cornwall and Portscatho on the Roseland peninsular.
Wine tastings and tours can be booked, and Knightor is also available for weddings and events. The journey from The Fieldhead Hotel takes roughly 40 minutes. Click here to visit the Knightor website.
Also located near St Austell, Bosue Vineyard is a family enterprise which makes the most of south-facing slopes to grow several varieties, including Rondo, Regent, Solaris, Phoenix and Orion Grapes.
These varieties are used in English wine production because they are suited to a cooler climate and are also disease resistant. Wines from Bosue are light, aromatic and refreshing – they are particularly good wine matches for Cornish seafood.
Bosue Vineyard also hosts tastings and tours, and is within a 40 minute drive of The Fieldhead Hotel. Click here to find out more.
Penzance also has its own flourishing vineyards and orchards. Polgoon makes still and sparkling wine as well as ciders and juices. As well as tours and tastings, visitors to the vineyard shop can also stock up on other local produce, including preserves, chocolates and local crafts.
Enjoy your vineyard visits!