Kate McBurnie, founder of Cornish Wine Tours, shares her recommendations from Cornwall’s best vineyards.
Cornwall’s wine scene is going from strength to strength. Award-winning wines, stunning vineyard settings, passionate producers – in short, the region has all the right ingredients to become world-renown.“People are always impressed with the quality of all the wines they try, but also the diversity of styles,” says Kate McBurnie, Founder and Director of Cornish Wine Tours.
Kate launched her full and half day tours last year, inspired by her visits to other wine regions around the world. She recalls: “I had a bit of an epiphany on returning to my home in Padstow after one trip; Cornwall has all the attractions of places like Marlborough in New Zealand, or the Cape Winelands in South Africa, so why not start operating tours here?”
Kate now runs a busy schedule of full and half day tours between March and October, visiting vineyards including Camel Valley, Trevibban Mill Vineyard, Knightor Winery, Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard and Bosue Vineyard. “Cornwall’s vineyards are stunning places,” says Kate. “My tour guests sip wines on terraces overlooking vine-covered slopes, wander amongst the ripening grapes, and learn from the wine-makers themselves at the cellar door. And fortunately for them, I’m the designated driver!”
A full-day tour includes lunch at one of Cornwall’s top dining destinations, Appleton’s Bar & Restaurant (at Trevibban Mill) – a memorable taste experience in itself.
To start your own adventure in Cornish wine, visit Kate’s website www.cornishwinetours.com. In the meantime, the following local tipples come with her expert seal of approval…
Kate’s Must-Try Cornish Wines
- Bosue Quality Sparkling Wine £24.95 – A blend of lesser known grape varieties Johanniter and Orion made in the traditional method from this beautiful little boutique vineyard in St Ewe. Makes me think of summer!
Check out the full article to find out more about Bosue Vineyard.
- Trevibban Mill Constantine £21.95 – A dry white wine which is delicately oaked. The complexity and full body are unusual in this part of the world and makes this a food-friendly choice.
Check out the full article to find out more about Trevibban Mill Vineyard.
- Camel Valley White Pinot Noir £32.95 – A fab ‘Blanc de Noir’ which is great for a special occasion, such as the weekend!
Check out the full article to find out more about Camel Valley Vineyard.
- Polgoon Sauvignon Blanc £15.95 – A unique single estate, single variety Sauvignon Blanc made in Cornwall. Super refreshing and moreish!
Check out the full article to find out more about Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard.
- Knightor 9112 £25.00 – A blend of the 09, 11, and 12 vintage using Chardonnay, Reichensteiner, Pinot Noir, Huxulrebe and Pinot Meunier. A very drinkable sparkling wine.
Check out the full aricle to find out more about Knightor Winery.
If wine isn’t your thing and you prefer a spirit based drink then check out our article: 5 of the best Cornish Spirits – which aren’t Gin!
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