Train travellers on the Great Western Railway Pullman dining car can now toast their journey in true regional style, raising a glass of Knightor Brut Classic Cuvee as they enjoy the picturesque scenery of the South West.
Knightor, an award-winning winery near St Austell in South Cornwall, was selected to provide the sparkling wine by GWR food ambassador and Devon restauranteur Mitch Tonks and his wine merchant Sommelier’s Choice; Trevannion – a still wine from Knightor – was listed on the Pullman last year.
Adrian Derx, Owner of Knightor Winery, was thrilled to learn that Knightor Brut had been chosen for the prestigious spot, saying: “It’s a real honour for us to represent the West Country in this way. There are so many excellent wines being made in the region now, and local bubbles are a great match for the delicious food served on-board the Pullman.”
GWR Pullman Dining, a luxury on-board restaurant, gives travellers an opportunity to sample the finest Westcountry produce in a menu designed by Tonks – one of the region’s food heroes.
Featuring ingredients such as Somerset pork belly and fillet steak, a variety of West Country cheeses, Cornish seafood and fresh seasonal highlights like asparagus and rhubarb, it’s the perfect introduction to a region which is justifiably proud of its food culture.
Jo Elliott, Head of Customer Engagement at GWR, said: “We were absolutely delighted to list the lovely Trevannion last year, and even more excited to add the Knightor Brut in time for spring 2016. What better way to celebrate the fantastic food of the South West, while watching the region’s beautiful countryside speed by, than by opening a bottle of this delicious bubbly on one of our trains!”
She added: “Adrian puts real passion into making his wines and I am very pleased to able to showcase these two in this way.”
Knightor Winery owns vineyards at Seaton in South East Cornwall and Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsular, and also sources fruit from other local growers.
The Knightor Brut Classic Cuvee is described as: “Delicate, with a slightly floral nose competing with citrus and apple notes, as well as a hint of freshly baked bread. The palate is very well balanced, with vibrant, fine bubbles. Restrained fruit flavours and a lovely crisp acidity give way to a clean, refreshing finish.”
Having sampled the wines on their journey, visitors to Cornwall may also be interested in paying the winery a visit for a tour and tasting; for information on travel and opening hours visit http://www.knightor.com/activities-tours.html.