While Cornwall is often celebrated for its traditional ale and Cornish mead offer, did you know that it’s also quickly building a name in the wine world?
With a growing number of award-winning vineyards across the county, it’s no wonder that wine lovers are now embracing this rugged landscape as a must-visit destination.
After all, there’s nothing like taking in the sun-drenched slopes of the Cornish countryside with a crisp white in one hand, after a long day stomping the coast path and trails.
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve outlined our four favourite vineyards that should be top of your hit-list – your guide to four vineyards in four days.
Camel Valley, nr Bodmin
Nestled in the heart of Cornwall, discover the world-renowned Camel Valley vineyard and winery.
The Lindo family, who first began cultivating their vines back in 1989, have spent years perfecting their wine offer, and the Camel Valley brand is now a household name across the region (and Cornwall’s oldest wine-maker!).
Today, these award-winning wines draw travellers globally, and visitors can stop in for a tour, wine tasting or shopping opportunity from Monday – Friday.
The best part, however, is that this vineyard is located just off the idyllic Camel Trail, making it the perfect pit-stop if you’re cycling your way to Padstow. Not only will you whizz through the vines themselves, but it’s a great way to make a full day of your visit in a totally sustainable way.
With numerous places to stop and hire bikes, this 18-mile trail is largely flat and easily accessible to the majority of cyclists, no matter your skill level, passing through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south-west.
Knightor, nr St Austell
Inch closer to the south coast and you’ll find Knightor Winery. This boutique winery and wedding venue is located just above the beautiful St Austell Bay, tucked away in four acres of orchards and vineyards.
With a number of still and sparkling wines in its collection, expect lighter and fruitier flavours due to the cool climate, which can be enjoyed at on-site restaurant The Vine.
And whether you want the full tour or a tasting, it’s absolutely worth the journey over. If you want to make a day of it, why not stop in at the Eden Project along the way?
Just a stone’s throw from the winery itself, the Eden Project’s world-famous biomes now sit in what was once a barren landscape. Now, it’s a beautiful global garden and indoor rainforest, described as a ‘mind-boggling feat of architecture and biological engineering’.
Trevibban Mill, nr Padstow
Immerse yourself in the breath-taking surroundings and experience the hospitality of a working vineyard at Trevibban Mill.
Located just minutes from Cornwall’s dramatic north coast, enjoy panoramic views from the contemporary tasting room no matter the weather. In the summer, bask in the sunshine from the balcony, overlooking the vineyard and rolling Cornish countryside.
This winery sits close to the popular seaside town of Padstow, making this the ideal location to stop by after a day of exploring the winding streets and white-sand beaches. If you’re visiting in peak season, make sure you leave early to nab a parking spot close to the harbour – or why not ask our reception team about sustainable transport options instead?
Polgoon, nr Penzance
Found on the rural outskirts of Penzance, Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard is a celebrated producer of wines, ciders and juices, with tastings available throughout the year.
From April – September, book a guided tour or go exploring on your own at this celebrated Cornish gem, where you can discover more about how the team produces its three award-winning sparkling wines.
An outdoor café offers food and drink, while summer sees the return of Friday Feasts – ideal for re-charging after a day spent splashing in the turquoise blue waters of Porthcurno.
Just a short drive from the vineyard, Porthcurno is no doubt one of Cornwall’s most picturesque beach spots, with iconic rock formations, crystal clear oceans and soft white sand under your toes.
Here at The Plume of Feathers, we know that a couple of days is just not enough to explore everything that Cornwall has to offer… especially when it comes to our local vineyards.
That’s why, this Autumn, we’re offering 3 for 2 on rooms between 1st October 2022 until 31st March 2023 (subject to availability). Unwind in our rurally located bedrooms and dine in our locally-renowned restaurant that serves only the best of local and seasonal dishes.
To find out more about our 3 for 2 offer click here. You can discover more about our boutique rural venue here.