Nestled in ancient farmland near the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Bosue Vineyard occupies a shallow valley sheltered by oak, willow, hazel and hawthorn trees. A visit here to meet the Sibley family and taste their hand-crafted wines is a great way to learn more about traditional viticulture and winemaking.
Location: Bosue Vineyard is inland from the pretty fishing harbour of Mevagissey, south of St Austell. Click here for directions.
Useful Visiting Info: Bosue Vineyard publish up-to-date opening hours and tour times on their website. You can often visit for a self-guided if you fancy a relaxed stroll around the vineyard before tasting some wines, but guided tours (£10) are also available.
Top Tip: You can also try and buy the wines of Bosue at Truro Farmers Market, which is held on Lemon Quay in the city every Wednesday and Saturday.
Farming at Bosue has a long history (a reference shows a farm existed here in 1290) but it wasn’t until 1996 that the first vines were planted as a trial plot. This was followed by more extensive plantings in 1999, 2004 and 2005. Paul and Liz Sibley grow Rondo, Regent, Orion, Phoenix and Solaris grapes, which are well-suited to cooler grape growing regions like the UK, and all the winemaking is done at the vineyard.
Caring for the vines throughout the year is a labour of love – you can read more about a year of hard graft in the vineyard here.
‘Cornish wine from Cornish vines’ is the mantra at Bosue, and the results are superb, with the wines winning national awards on a regular basis.
There is a pretty cellar door tasting room and terrace overlooking the vines, making this boutique vineyard a great place to stop off for refreshment after a day exploring the area, and perhaps visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Wines To Try On Your Visit:
- 2018 Solaris – 2018 was a great growing year for Cornish grapes, prompting Bosue to produce this single-variety wine. This is fresh and easy drinking but also nicely complex, with similarities to Muscat, Riesling and Pinot Gris.
- 2014 Quality Sparkling Wine – Already recommended for us by Kate McBurnie of Cornish Wine Tours, this dry sparkling wine is delicate with plenty of floral notes and a balanced acidity.
- 2014 Quality Sparkling Rosé Wine – This is a fruity and rich sparkling rosé made from Rondo and Regent grapes, packed with red fruit flavours.
To find out a bit more about Bosue Vineyard visit their website.
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