It’s English Wine Week 28th May to the 5th June 2016.
Vineyards across the country will also be opening their doors to welcome visitors, offering tours, tastings and special offers. While we’re not yet quite on the scale of Tuscany there are a growing number of wineries in Cornwall selling excellent wines.
Our most famous is Camel Valley, near Bodmin, just a 30 minute drive from Roundhouse Barns. Run by the ubiquitous Lindo family, who are Cornwall’s best known wine growing experts, having started the vineyard in 1989. You’ve probably seen Camel Valley Brut – it’s won all sorts of awards and easily beats some of the French champagnes in taste – of course they’re not allowed to call it champagne but trust us it’s fabulous (as is the Brut Rose)!
Visit the website Camel Valley Vineyard to book a vineyard tour, a tasting or just to look at the shop – it’s cheaper here than in any other retail outlets (including Waitrose).
Much nearer to us is Polmassick Vineyard, near St Ewe which can offer you a self guided tour, wine tastings and sales and you are welcome to take a picnic and relax in the beautiful surroundings. Also in St Ewe is Bosue Vineyard also with tours, tastings and a cellar door – both of these smaller vineyards have limited opening times so check their websites before you go.
New kid on the block is Knightor Winery. Located at Trethurgy, near St Austell they produce premium quality still and sparkling wines, have a great winery kitchen serving lunches and teas and offer tastings and a cellar door. Some of their vineyards can be seen at Portscatho – just three miles from us, we wonder if we could persuade our local farmer to grow vines…..
Another favourite of ours is Polgoon Winery. Just outside Penzance this fabulous little winery produces great wines – try the Bacchus – and also artisan ciders and fruit juices. The vineyard tours last 90 minutes and take you through the vines, through the production process and onwards to a tasting! Roundhouse Barns were so impressed with Polgoon we have sponsored a row of vines – see if you can spot our name on their sponsors board in the shop!
Well that’s just five to chose from and there are plenty more such as Trevibban Mill near Padstow, we hear of new vines being planted near Looe and in the Tamar Valley…… and don’t get us started on artisan beers and spirits in Cornwall – trust us though if ever you get a chance to try Tarquins Gin, go for it, but that’s a subject for another blog…..
We’re fully booked for English Wine Week but we still have some availability left in May.