We love a tasty tipple here at Bedruthan, and there are some wonderful, independent producers of wine, ciders, spirits and beers in Cornwall making the most of beautiful local produce. Several offer tours and tastings of their vineyards and breweries – making for a perfect day out and way to see a different side of Cornwall and its produce. Here are some of our personal favourites:
Trevibban Mill Cornish Vineyards and Orchards
Trevibban Mill is only a 10 minute drive away from Bedruthan – a beautiful working vineyard, orchard and winery a stone’s throw away from Padstow. Set up by owners Liz and Engin, Trevibban Mill produces a range of wines from still white, rosé and red to white and pink sparkling wines and apples from the orchards are pressed in the traditional way to make cider and apple juice. They regularly offer a variety of experiences: grand walking tours, wine tastings, visits of the vineyard and winery and simple visits to the bar. During your visit you must also make a visit to Andy Appleton’s new restaurant venture where he serves the best of Italy and Cornwall overlooking the stunning views of the valley.
The Mill really is a very special place, the entire farm has been certified organic and the focus has always been on protecting and giving back to the natural environment – sowing flowers to attract bees, installing solar panels on part of the winery roof and continuing to let the hedgerows grow wild to protect animal habitats. The vineyard even has its own vegetable garden and rears its own lamb!
Camel Valley Vineyards
Camel Valley have been producing award-winning wines for almost 30 years from their beautiful vineyards near Bodmin. A real family affair, the first vines were planted by husband and wife, Bob and Annie Lindo with their young family living on the farm with them. 13 years later Sam Lindo took over as Winemaker – continuing with his parents successes. The Camel Valley Vineyard is a wonderful place to visit – based high on the slopes of the valley the farm buildings boast panoramic views of the vineyards below. They offer relaxed and friendly tours throughout the week between April – October, you can choose between a Grand Tour and Tasting or a shorter Guided Tour. Or if a tour isn’t for you, you can simply enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace whilst admiring the view.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
There is something for everyone at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm which is large enough to provide a really full day out for adults and kids too. There are plenty of delicious products to sample – from their range of ciders and wines, brandy, juices and jams – all of which are produced on the farm. The guided tours provide a journey through the farm: the press house, jam factory, museum, distillery, cellars and cider vat, including a fun tractor ride through the orchards! Farm animals and free-roaming peacocks provide entertainment for children whilst the alcoholic beverages will keep the adults busy, some of their famous drinks include: Rattler, Cornish Gold, Scrumpy and Oak Matured Cider.
Polgoon vineyards and orchards are found just outside Penzance, planted by husband and wife team, Kim and John 10 years ago. Ever since they’ve been dedicated to producing delicious artisan Cornish ciders, still and sparkling wines and juices that are sold all across Cornwall and the West Country. Vineyard Tours and Tastings and offered from April to September providing a fascinating insight into the activities of a working vineyard and orchard, and ending with a tasting of five wonderful Polgoon drinks. During your visit, why not pay a visit to Polgoon Kitchen where they serve an array of light lunches, from charcuterie platters to Cornish crab sandwiches.
Driftwood Spars Brewery, St Agnes
If beer is more your thing, take a look at Driftwood Spars micro brewery based in Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes. Pete the brewer uses only the very best British ingredients to hand craft his ales. Part of the Driftwood Spars pub and B&B, you can enjoy a pint overlooking the sea, whilst enjoying a delicious meal, or alternatively, enjoy a parcel of neighbour Lewsey Lou’s Fish and Chips with a glass of Lou’s Brews (especiaily brewed to compliment the dish). They also offer short brewery tours where you can meet Pete the brewer and ask him any questions you might have about his hand crafted ales, or if you’re looking for something different you can actually become a brewer for the day on one of the Beer Brewing Experience days.