Exploring Cornwall's best vineyards and wineriesPosted by Rebecca Jackson on Sep 21, 2018
One for the wine lovers
From the moment a guest books a Perfect Stays property, our knowledgeable concierge team are on hand to book activities, recommend places to visit and discuss itineraries. Our team of local experts are passionate about everything on offer in the South West, and personally try out many of the services offered to our guests. When we were invited to try out a new experience run by Cornish Wine Tours, we were more than happy to oblige.
About Cornish Wine Tours
Providing fun, informative full and half day vineyard tours, Kate at Cornish Wine Tours drives guests between the most prestigious wineries in Cornwall for informative tastings and delectable locally-sourced food. If you love discovering new wine but don’t want to worry about driving or researching where to go, this is an ideal no-hassle option.
With a myriad of independent vineyards, Cornwall is well known for producing high quality English wine. In fact, Cornish wine production has sky rocketed in recent years, and it’s an exciting time to explore the ever-growing range of wineries.
Our wine tour experience
After being picked up from the Perfect Stays office, the team were driven to the first vineyard in the comfortable Cornish Wine Tours mini bus. Located close to the dramatic North Cornish coast, Trevibban Mill is a working winery and orchard known for its stunning collection of Cornish wines and cider, as well as delicious home-made food at Appleton's Bar and Restaurant.
After exploring the sprawling gardens around Trevibban Mill, the team sat down with Kate for a comprehensive wine tasting experience and tapas lunch. With eight high quality wines, ranging from sophisticated whites to delicate rosés and aromatic reds, there was an option for every taste. Created from local ingredients, the light lunch was ideal for sharing and the selection of fresh bread, home-made hummus, charcuterie, olives and cheese complimented the range of wines perfectly. Our team would definitely recommend a drink out on the gorgeous patio, surrounded by fragrant wild flowers.
Following our wine tasting at Trevibban Mill, we were driven to the beautiful Camel Valley: an award-winning vineyard that was granted a royal warrant earlier this year. Nestled amongst rolling Cornish hills, the family-run Camel Valley is set in an idyllic, sun-drenched location. We joined a larger group for a relaxed and friendly tour of the vines and winery, and found the enthusiasm and passion for winemaking completely infectious.
With a plethora of awards under their belt, Camel Valley is adored worldwide, and even makes up part of Fortnum and Mason’s House Wine Collection. With such outstanding credentials, it wouldn’t have been right to leave without tasting one of their most popular wines. We ended the day by sitting out on the sunny terrace, a glass of delicate Pinot Noir Rose Brut in hand, and took in the magical view.
It was hard to drag ourselves away from such a peaceful spot overlooking the Camel Valley vineyard, but we were extremely thankful to have Kate from Cornish Wine Tours on hand to drive us back to the office. It was wonderful to be able to sit back, relax and sample the delights on offer at each location without having to worry about the logistics.
Cornwall really is a wine lover’s dream, and with a myriad of other vineyards such as Knightor, Polgoon, Polmassick and Bosue, visitors to the South West are spoilt for choice. Whether you’re a wine expert or a complete novice, Cornish Wine Tours aims to showcase beautiful Cornish wines in an unpretentious, informative and inclusive way.
Cornish Wine Tours offer full and half day wine tasting trips around Cornwall. What’s more, if you’re looking for a more tailored tour or experience, our concierge team can arrange anything from in-property wine tastings to private vineyard trails. Find out more about our wine holidays here.