A picturesque setting, a great restaurant, and a fantastic wine-tasting experience – all within striking distance of North Coast delights including Padstow, Rock and Port Isaac. This mixed farm is a haven for nature, where the vines benefit from an environment rich in biodiversity.
Location: Trevibban Mill Vineyard, Dark Lane, Nr Padstow, Wadebridge PL27 7SE. Click here for directions.
Top Tip: The bar serves delicious light lunches, but if you want to make a day of it book a table at Appleton’s Bar & Restaurant. The Italian-inspired menu is packed with Cornish produce and cooked to perfection by one of Cornwall’s top chefs, Andy Appleton.
Useful Visiting Info: You can drop by and taste the range of wines anytime in the bar overlooking the vineyard, where light lunches are also served. However to learn more about the wine-making process it’s worth booking onto a tour – Grand Walking Tours and Guided Tours take place at various times each week.
Enjoying idyllic surroundings on the Issey Brook near Padstow, Trevibban Mill perches on vine-covered slopes with views across a wooded valley. A striking, contemporary cellar-door houses the wine-making facilities, a bar and an event space. Outwards from this spread wildflower meadows, orchards, rows of vines and – on the lower slopes – grazing fields for sheep. All of the land at Trevibban Mill is farmed as naturally as possible to encourage bees, birds and wildlife.
Owners Liz and Engin Mumcuoglu were thrilled when they discovered this special site some years ago, which they believe used to be home to a mill where oats and barley were processed for flour. What began as a restoration mission grew into something much more; today Trevibban Mill is a great example of a project which delivers environmental benefits whilst contributing to Cornwall’s vibrant food and drink scene.
Trevibban produces a selection of dry, off-dry, sparkling, rose and red wines. Slate soils imbue these wines with distinctive purity and mineral notes, and many have won prestigious awards in recent years. Cider is also made on the estate using fruit from the 1,700 apple trees (32 different native and new varieties).
So, get planning your visit, and don’t miss trying these while you’re there:
- Merope Dry White – a blend of Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay and Orion, this is crisp and dry with flavours of stone fruit and green apple. A versatile wine, which is great with or without food.
- Black Ram Red – the enticing smells of baked plums and dark chocolate are succeeded by flavours of blackcurrant on the palate, all held together by time spent in oak (11 months in French barrels from Burgundy to be precise).
- Pinot Noir Sparkling 2014 – this was aged on lees for three years before being released. It is pale pink and has soft fine bubbles, with flavours of strawberries and cream. Delicious!
- Sparkling Cornish Cider – this cider is made from 100% juice, using apples hand-picked and pressed from the orchards at Trevibban Mill. Low-intervention methods allow the character of the traditional varieties to shine.
To find out a bit more about Trevibban Mill visit their website.
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