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When we think of vineyards, we often think of visiting an idyllic French cellar door in the countryside or one of the many beautiful, and well established, wine producers in New Zealand. But did you know that Britain has hundreds of individual vineyards just waiting to be discovered?
As lockdown in the UK begins to ease, day trips and overnight stays are on the agenda for many. With so much uncertainty around foreign travel, thousands of Brits have understandably decided a staycation might be just the thing to satisfy their travel cravings.
If you followed the advice from our piece on the top staycation locations in the UK, you might be tempted to head to the sunny shores of Cornwall for an adventure this year. Whilst visiting Cornwall, we highly suggest you take a trip to Camel Valley Vineyard, for something a little different and a wine experience like no other.
Situated in the historic town of Bodmin, in the heart of Cornwall, Camel Valley is a quintessential British vineyard producing some of the finest red, white and sparkling wines around. Established no more than thirty years ago by ex-RAF pilot Bob and his wife Annie, Camel Valley is now run by its second generation, but the same top quality products and attention to detail is cited as the secret to their success, making a visit to this highly awarded vineyard a must do.
Book a guided tour of Camel Valley to learn about the growing season of the vine and have a nosey round the winery to be told how their delicious grapes get transformed into even more delicious wine! The tours are held Monday-Friday and also include a cheeky glass of wine in the price. For only £9.50 it’s an absolute bargain!
After you have got to know your grapes, head to their wonderful terrace, soak up the views and enjoy some of the wine you have learnt about by the glass. Most famous for their Pinot Noir Rose Brut we highly suggest you start with a glass of this gorgeous sparkling wine and then work from there. Don’t forget to visit the shop afterwards to pick up a couple of bottles of your favourite.
With COVID-19 still prevalent in the UK, Camel Valley asks that you book your tours and wine by the glass experiences in advance. To have drinks on the terrace it is a £5 redeemable deposit upon a purchase of a glass, (which I’m sure if you are visiting a vineyard, you should have no trouble with).
If you are now fans of their wine, you will be happy to know that their wine doesn’t just stop at Cornwall, Camel Valley are sold in Rick Stein’s restaurants, supply for Waitrose stories nationally, and many claim to have had their first glass at Tate Modern in London.
So, If you are taking a trip down South, make sure to stop by to get to know how Camel Valley is leading the way and demonstrating how British wine can be just as delicious and high quality as our much loved imported favourites.