Our top picks of vineyards in Cornwall producing the best Cornish Wine since 1970
Cornish wine has come a long way and it wasn't really until the 1970s that commercial wine production really began to take off in the county. Today, there are a handful of vineyards in Cornwall, producing a wide variety of wines including sparkling, still, red, white and rose.
It wasn't until the 1970s that commercial wine production really began to take off in Cornwall. This was due in part to the work of pioneers like Mike and Chris Mead, who planted vines at Camel Valley in 1977. The Meads were inspired by the success of other English winemakers, and they quickly realised that Cornwall had the potential to produce world-class wines.
The climate in Cornwall is rather ideal for quality grape growing. The county has long, sunny summers and mild winters, which provide the perfect conditions for ripening grapes. While the soil in Cornwall is well-suited to viticulture (the study and practice of cultivating grapevines), with a mix of clay, sand, and granite.
Cornish wines are known for their quality and distinctive style. The wines are often described as being light, fruity, and refreshing. Some of the most popular grape varieties grown in Cornwall include Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc. These varieties are all well-suited to the climate and soil in the county and they produce wines that are both delicious and award-winning.
Our Top picks of Cornish Vineyards
Camel Valley is one of the most well-respected vineyards in Cornwall. The vineyard planted their first 8,000 vines in 1989 by Bob Lindo and wife Annie, and it has since become one of the leading producers of English wine. Camel Valley wines are known for their quality and consistency, and they have won numerous respected awards over the years.
Trevibban Mill is another highly regarded vineyard in Cornwall. The vineyard was established in 2008 by Engin and Liz, located in Padstow. Trevibban Mill wines are known for their organic and sustainable practices that in turn produce fantastic wine.
Polgoon is a vineyard in Cornwall that is raising in popularity at a great rate. The vineyard got round to their first harvest in 2006 by Kim and John and it is located down in Penzance which provides the vineyard with its own micro-climate. Today Polgoon have a rather wide range of award-winning sparkling and still wines.
Not only English wine but Cornish wine is a growing category and it is producing some of the best wines in the UK. If you are looking for a delicious and refreshing wine, then you should definitely try a Cornish wine.