Red, white or, rosé? Whether it’s alcoholic or non-alcoholic, crisp or juicy, oaked or aged – there’s nothing nicer than sitting back and sipping on a glass of wine at the end of the day or busy working week.
Cornwall’s long sunshine hours and mild climate make it one of the UK’s best regions for wine producing. Wanting to try a local drop? Here are some of the county’s finest wineries, as recommended by our social media followers…
Camel Valley Vineyards, Bodmin
Located on one of the UK’s most scenic cycle and walking trails is Camel Valley Vineyards. This family-run winery has somewhat grown since it was founded in 1989, and has won a whole host of awards, including world champion titles. Enjoy a glass of wine on the sun terrace, take a tour around the vineyard or pick up a bottle to take home.
Polgoon Vineyard, Penzance
Open all year round, Penzance’s Polgoon vineyard produces all kinds of artisan wines – red, white, rosé, as well as sparkling. But if wine isn’t your first choice of tipple, you can also choose from a range of Cornish ciders and alcohol free juices.
Knightor Winery, St Austell
Using grapes grown along the south Cornish coast at Portscatho and Seaton, Knightor Winery produces premium quality still and sparkling wines at its winery in St Austell Bay. Alongside vineyard tours, and local produce from the winery kitchen, the picture-perfect place also caters for weddings and private parties.
Bosue Vineyard, St Austell
‘Cornish wines from Cornish vines’ – Bosue Vineyard can be found nestled north of St Ewe, on the south coast of Cornwall. The south-facing slopes, coupled with the mild Cornish climate create perfect growing conditions for more modern varieties such as Orion, Phoenix, Rondo and Regent. The vineyard is closed during winter months, but you can buy their award-winning wines online and from nearby farm shops, hotel and restaurants.
Polmassick Vineyard, St Ewe
Planted in 1976, Polmassick Vineyard is understood to be the oldest in Cornwall. Many new varieties have since been planted to create a handful of high-quality Cornish wines, including the Polmassick Red and Rose 2013. Pack a picnic and enjoy wine by the glass at the peaceful surroundings of Polmassick.
Looe Valley Vineyard
Established in 2008 by Charles Boney and Sue Brownlow, Looe Valley Vineyard now has more than 5,500 vines. Careful consideration into the climate and soil conditions have allowed Charles and Sue to produce some of Cornwall’s finest artisan wines. Tours and visits can be arranged by contacting them.
Holy Vale Vineyard, Isles of Scilly
Away from the Cornish mainland, on the isle of St Mary’s is Holy Vale Vineyard. With a passion for creating excellent value and quality wines, you can find the perfect Pinot Noir. Their range includes the Pinot Noir Classic, a fruity number consisting of raspberries and strawberries.