Vineyards in Cornwall
Did you know that Cornwall has a fantastic range of vineyards to explore? Due to the county’s mild climate, it has become one of the best regions for wine production in the UK.
With that in mind, here are some of the top places we recommend visiting during a trip to Cornwall:
Polgoon Vineyard and Cider Orchard
Started by John and Kim Coulson back in 2004, fifteen years on from planting the first grapevines at what was once a run-down flower farm, Polgoon has grown into an award-winning wine and cider producer.
Take a tour of the vineyard and orchard and learn about the different varieties of fruit used, before taking a look at the production process of the winery. Best of all, enjoy the chance to try 5 of Polgoon’sproducts, including sparkling wines, still wines and ciders.
Camel Valley Vineyard
It was in 1989 that ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first grapevines. Having bought the farm several years earlier, the first years of working on the vineyard weren’t easy. However, when their first wine won a medal in the English Wine competition, they knew they were onto something. Since then plenty more awards have followed.
Those who visit the vineyard can choose to take a tour or simply enjoy some of the delicious wine on the terrace – which is sold by the glass or half glass.
Choose between the ‘Grand Tour and Tasting’ – where you’ll be guided through the vineyard year and winery process before taking part in a wine tasting session that includes at least 5 wines – and the ‘Guided Tour’ where you’ll be shown around the winery whilst learning about how the grapes are transformed into award-winning wines, before enjoying a glass of wine to finish.
Knightor Winery and Restaurant
Located above St Austell Bay, only a short distance from the Eden Project, Knightor Winery and Restaurant is positioned within 4 acres of beautiful Cornish pastures and orchards.
Visitors can drop in and sample the different wines available and browse around the site to see the vine varieties used to make their wine. Between April and October, regular wine tours are also held. These can range from more general guides that explain the process of growing grapes and making wine in the Cornish climate to more in-depth special ‘winemaker’ tours which can include information on themes such as food and wine pairing.
Trevibban Mill Cornish Vineyard and Orchard
An award-winning vineyard, Trevibban Mill is located just a short distance from the harbour town of Padstow.
There are several options available to those visiting; simply choose to visit the bar and enjoy a glass of wine or cider overlooking the vineyard where wine tasting is available in 40ml measures for £2 or £15 for 8 wines,or take one of the two tour options.
The ‘Grand Walking Tour’ – where you’ll be guided around the vineyard and winery to learn how Trevibban Mill makes their wine and cider, before tasting 8 wines and enjoying a light lunch – or the ‘Guided Tour’ where you’ll be shown around the vineyard and winery before tasting 5 products, including both wine and cider.
After a hard day sampling Cornwall's finest, head back to luxury with The Royal Duchy Hotel and continue the sampling. Whether it's a thirst-quenching Cornish pint, a cosmopolitan cocktail or Seedlip mocktail, the Duchy bar is well stocked to suit your needs.
Perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif and an after-dinner nightcap, relax in our Terrace Lounge overlooking the bay or drink al fresco on our Sun Terrace.