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The reputation and quality of English wine has greatly improved over the last decade and there are now over 500 vineyards in England producing a range of award winning sparkling and still wines. We’ve narrowed down the best vineyard tours and tastings to visit in Cornwall.

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Camel Valley Vineyard

Established in 1989, Camel Valley Vineyard has been producing award winning wines for 30 years. Set up by Bob and Annie Lindo, with the baton of winemaker now passed down to their son Sam, their list of highlights include ‘UK Winemaker of the Year’ and a Gold Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards. In 2018 they became the first English wine producer to be awarded a royal warrant, after becoming regular suppliers to the Royal Household.

Visit this incredible location and take in the view with a glass of wine on the terrace or enjoy a choice of two tours. The guided tour includes an overview of the wine making process, as well as a glass of wine. On the Grand Tour a winemaker will guide you through the vineyard and talk you through the wine making process, with the opportunity to then sample a minimum of 5 wines. All of Camel Valley Vineyard’s wines are also available to purchase.

Nanstallion, Bodmin, PL30 5LG

Times & cost:
Grand Tour & Tasting | Between April and October | Wednesday 5pm | £18
Guided Tour | Between April and September | Monday – Friday at 2.30pm | £9.50

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Camel Valley Tours

Polgoon Winery 

Established in 2006 Polgoon first started making wine and branched out into cider. It now makes award winning sparkling and still wines, ciders and juices. 

Take a tour and gain a fascinating insight into what is involved in maintaining and running a vineyard and orchard. The summer tours run from April to September and last for approximately 90 minutes. Wander through the vineyard and orchard learning about the different varieties of fruits grown, follow the stages of production, and finally sample some of the amazing wine and cider.

The winter tours take place between September and December and last approximately 1 hour. 

Rosehill, Penzance, TR20 8TE

Times & cost:
Summer Tours | April – September | Adult: £12.50 Child: Free
Winter Tours | September – December | Adult: £10.00 Child: Free
Meet the Maker | Selected dates | £55.00

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Polgoon Winery Tours

Trevibban Mill Winery

Taking its name from the remnants of an old mill in the grounds, Trevibban Mill was originally intended as a restoration project. It now has 11,000 vines, 1,700 apple trees, winery and events space. The hard work has definitely paid off as it has won a whole host of awards in the last few years.

The vines grown are mainly German varieties as they grow well in cooler climates and the wines produced range from still white, rose and red to sparking white and rose. To learn more about the process take a guided tour where you will get to see the vineyard and winery and sample 5 of Trevibban’s wines and ciders in their tasting room. Every Sunday they also offer a grand walking tour where you’ll be guided around the vineyard, orchard and lakeside and learn about viticulture and grape growing. You will then get to sample 7 fantastic wines and enjoy a light lunch.

Dark Lane, Nr Padstow, Wadebridge, PL27 7SE

Times & cost:
Guided Tour | Wednesday 4pm | Thursday & Saturday 3pm | £15
Grand Walking Tour | Sunday 10.30am | Adult: £40 Child: Free

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Trevibban Mill Winery Tours

Looe Valley Vineyard

Established in 2008 by Charles Boney and Sue Brownlow, Looe Valley Vineyard makes high quality local wine. Taking inspiration from the similar climate and soil conditions of the Alsace region, Looe Valley grows Riesling style and Pinot Noir grape varieties. Join owner Charles for a tour of the vineyard, typically lasting around 2 hours, followed by a wine tasting session.

Lower Locrenton, St Keyne, Liskeard, PL14 4RN

Times & cost:
Tour & Tasting | May – October | £9.50

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Looe Valley Vineyard Tour

Knightor Winery

Located in St Austell Bay and set within 4 acres of Cornish countryside, Knightor Winery is a producer of award winning English still and sparkling wine. Using grapes from their own vineyards and neighbouring English vineyards, Knightor cultivate wines that are typically lighter and fruitier. 

To discover more of this stunning location participate in a guided tour of the vineyard and learn about the varieties of grapes grown, with helpful tips provided on how to grow your own. Visit the winery to see how the wine is made, before getting the chance to taste four wines. For a more in-depth tour choose between two special ‘winemaker’ events. The general winemakers tour offers an in-depth tour of the winery and tutored tasting whilst the winemakers tour with food provides an insight on how to pair wine with food.

Trethurgy, PL26 8YQ

Times & cost:
Guided Tour | April – September | Sunday 12pm | £15
Winemaker Tour | Selected dates | Friday 5pm | £22

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Knightor Winery Tours

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