Cornwall is now a top wine producer

May 06th, 2016


A wine produced close to our luxury Cornish cottages has scooped up a national award at the UK’s only wine awards for the hospitality industry, Sommelier Wine Awards.

The Cornish dessert wine called ‘Mena Hweg’, which means Sweet Hill in Cornish was named as the ‘Critics Choice’ at the awards ceremony and is made by Knightor Winery near the beautiful St Austell and was the only English wine to be singled out for the award.  Mena Hweg has taken inspiration from the renowned sweet wines of Germany and is made from Schonburger, a Germanic grape variety which is suited to cool, maritime climates.

We don’t know if it’s the glorious Cornish weather that made the wine so delicious with a panel of industry experts describing the wine as ‘delicate delight offering seriously good value, this entranced all who had the chance to taste’. Knightor Winery owns vineyards at Seaton in South East Cornwall and Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula, whilst seeking out fruit from local produce growers, with them producing a range of still, sparkling, white and rose wines offering up something to suit every occasion down here in the duchy.

Adrian Derx, owner of Knightor Winery, said: “In many ways this is a niche wine, given the fashion for much dryer wines with higher alcohol. However it is actually wonderfully versatile and refreshing; it’s great as an aperitif or palate cleanser, and also works well with Asian food.”

So why not pick up a bottle or two when staying at our luxury Cornish cottages and enjoying them as the sun starts to dip in our beautiful county.




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