Polgoon Vineyard

Val, Anne, Mandy & I went on busmans holiday in February down to Penzance to visit the award-winning Polgoon Vineyard on one of their open days. We were warmly greeted by Kim & John Coulson, the owners, who quickly cracked a bottle or two for tasters – my kind of people! They explained how they started originally as fish merchants in Newlyn but then bought Polgoon about 6 years ago. Polgoon used to be a daffodil farm but after consultation with Bob Lindo, from Camel Valley Vineyard, it was agreed the ground & climate would lend itself to growing vines. The rest as they say is history.  We sampled their latest products (all in the interest of research of course & it would have been rude not too!) – Cornish Black & Cornish Pink – both equally good – ideal for perfect summer picnics chilled straight from the fridge – ansome! Next we tried both the Raspberry Aval & Aval – a sparkling cider – again delicious – and Kim said they have found them increasingly popular for weddings instead of the mega prices charged for the usual MC or Bolli.  John recommended the Aval with cheeses while the Raspberry Aval they felt complimented desserts or just as an aperitif. Kim & John have also planted loads of apple trees which we went out to see & the elderflower they use for their sparkling elderflower is grown locally too.  John explained to us how they extract the sediment & load the ‘fizz’ corks – fascinating stuff. To find out more why not take a trip down west & pop in to see them – you will be made most welcome. Stockists include Fortnum & Mason, River Cottage & Lobbs Farm Shop, naturally! It was a lovely day out to meet Kim & John – the volume & range of products they make is quite amazing – gives us a better understanding when promoting their products to our Customers too. After a mootch (is there such a word?!) around Penzance popping to a couple of other deli type places we then enjoyed a delicious relaxing lunch & then drove home in Cornish ‘mizzle’ – a lovely day was had by all. – Gill



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