Cornwall Wine

At the tip of the peninsula in South West England, Cornwall has a very mild climate, and because of this one might expect it to be center of English winemaking. However, while the area does produce excellent sparkling wines, its development has only happened recently. The soils of Cornwall are generally granitic, but in the valleys where wine is grown the schist gravels are generally covered by fine loess. Camel Valley, just a few miles from Bodmin, is the home of Cornish wine production. This valley is about as far from the sea as it is possible to get when you are halfway down the narrow peninsula which is Cornwall. That, and the steep slope of the vineyard towards the south, ensure that the maximum heat is extracted from the sun. Wine produced in Cornwall may be labeled as either United Kingdom Table Wine, English Table Wine or, if it contains a Hybrid vine such as Seyval Blanc, Regional Counties wine. – Description from Philip James

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  • Lambrusco

    History of the grape: There is evidence that the ancient Romans were drinking wines made from Lambrusco, a grape that...

  • Dornfelder

    History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institu...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Few seem to really understand or know, what is really taking place in the ... West Sussex, Hampshire and Cornwall, were shipped to various states.English Sparkling wines are available for purchase in New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Massachusetts and Washington, D.CBear in mind, that production is still limited.                   &nbs Read More

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  • It’s Saturday afternoon and I am still buzzing about the wine tasting I ... I ... evening at the Royal Cornwall Showground. The venue was heaving with people guzzling their way through the over 100 wines on show looking for the perfect bottles to order in time for Christmas.The event was very well organised and despite the number of guests I ... Read More

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  • Camel Valley Pinot Noir 'Cornwall' Brut 2007


    This is very nice but I prefer their blended sparkling. Crisp and refreshing and a real sour, almost salty kick to it but maybe a bit too much. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Camel Valley Ltd Rosé 2008


    I'm not the biggest Rosé lover, find them mostly sickly sweet but this is one of the better ones, it is still quite sweet but not as much as I usually expect. Colour is quite deep, flavour dominately cherry, raspberry and sherbert, finish is a little acidic but its very easily drunk. Not bad but it still doesn't turn me to drinking more Rosé. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Camel Valley Sparkling Red 2008


    This is the first sparkling red I've ever had. Alrthough the thought of it seems odd to me, the execution is well done. Serving chilled favours the bubbles but probably loses the taste somewhat which is very much like their still red (same grape so it should be). Initial sweet strawberry before giving way quickly to a rather wet grit, bitter com... Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Camel Valley Brut Cornwall 2006


    This is the kind of bottle which makes England noticed as a real competitor in the sparkling wine game. Although pale straw in appearance, its very light, sweet, but very fresh. Has a brief sharpness of citrus before a big peachy and sweet green apple biscuit finish. Excellent stuff. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Camel Valley Bacchus Dry 2008


    excellent! The sparkling is even class Read More

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  • Camel Valley Red 2007


    Quite light and summery but not for those who like their wine fruity. Its very fresh while young but does have a rather earthy quality, smoke, coffee but the fruit taste is limited to a subtle cherry towards the finish. I like it but can imagine some wouldn't and why. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

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  • We just missed the Saltash Wine Fair - details here: - hopefully we'll get someone to go next year.

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