Saturday 25th May sees the arrival of English Wine Week – and if you’re looking for an apt way to celebrate the occasion, you’d do well to head to Cornish winery, Knightor, located near St Austell Bay. This unique venue offers the New World approach, more commonly found in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, of marrying wine tours and tastings with a meal in a first-class restaurant. For Wine Week, Knightor will be offering a range of English wines from both its own range and leading producers’, including tipples from Camel Valley, Sharpham and Nyetimber, making this a rare, not-to-be-missed opportunity to sample a wide selection of English wines in one place.
You would be hard-pushed to find a venue as full of interest and charm as Knightor; boasting all the character of an historic farmstead coupled with the very latest wine-making technology, Knightor is a perfect marriage of tradition and modernity. Winemaker James Thomas is obsessive about wines and is meticulous about every detail, spending time with industry leaders in Australia to further hone his wine-making expertise. He uses a New World approach and classic European methods to produce exciting, fresh and complex wines, which are served in the restaurant alongside premier international varieties. The Knightor wines are made using grapes from their Cornish vineyards at Portscatho and Seaton, as well as those from other English growers who bring additional grape varieties to the table.
Extra-special food and wine dinners will be on offer for this year’s Wine Week, featuring a meal of quality Cornish fare; a wine-tasting session with wines served from a state-of-the-art dispenser, to ensure each glass is in perfect condition and at the correct temperature; and a fascinating tour of the winery (including an introduction to the basics of wine-making) that will inspire wine novices and experts alike. The price of these informative and enjoyable tour-and-dining combos is a pleasingly pocket-friendly £17.95 for lunch and £22.95 for dinner. This is a must-visit destination for both wine aficionados and hard-to-please foodies – and the ultimate place to toast English Wine Week in style. Find out more at www.knightor.co.uk, or follow them on Twitter @knightor_rw.