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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Dornfelder

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  • 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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  • 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

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    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

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  • Camel Valley Sparkling Red 2008

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    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

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    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

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    excellent! The sparkling is even better...international class Read More

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  • Camel Valley Bacchus Dry 2008

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  • Camel Valley Red 2007

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    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


  • Camel Valley Bacchus Dry 2008

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    Very, very, VERY surprised at just how good this wine is. I knew sparkling wine was becoming the strong point for English wine but looks like crisp whites are too if this is anything to go by. Sweet green apples and grape on the tongue, very fresh, only a slight hint of straw in colour, perfect acidity but the length of the finish is amazing. Ve... Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


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  • I'd heard of Camel Valley Winery's reputation (award winning sparklers) since I ... since I first moved out of Cornwall over a decade ago. I was glad after all this time to get the chance to visit and meet Bob and Sam Lindo, the father and son winemaking team.Camel Valley was started in 1989 with 8,000 vines. They added 4,000 vines in 2002 and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Spotlight: Camel Valley Winery by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Over the past decade the UK has been developing a reputation for its sparkling ... ... Camel Valley Ltd Brut Cornwall 2006, £19 ($30)"Camel's flagship sparkler. Made with Seyval, this sparkling wine exhibits firm acidity and a fine bead, which swells into an excellent mousse of bubbles in the mouth. There's a slight almond character which pla... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The State of English Wine by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • We just missed the Saltash Wine Fair - details here: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/cornwall-wine-fair-17th-18th-feb-saltash-cornwall/ - hopefully we'll get someone to go next year.

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