Cornish Wine Tours, the first travel experience of its kind in Cornwall, has received the coveted New Business Gold Award at the South West Tourism Awards.
Robin Barker, who presided at the awards for Services For Tourism, described the tours as an “unmissable Cornish summer experience, showcasing the best the county has to offer, from amazing wine and food, to stunning vineyard settings and passionate producers.”
Launched in 2018 by young entrepreneur Kate McBurnie, the independent tours take visitors to a selection of Cornwall’s beautiful and critically-acclaimed vineyards where they receive expert-led tours and tastings.
The Gold Award saw Kate fight off strong competition from across the whole of the South West to claim recognition for her fledgling business, with the judges praising her determination to bring an innovative, high quality tour to market.
Kate said: “Cornwall has as much to offer the wine tourist as places like the Marlborough Region in New Zealand, or the Cape Winelands in South Africa – including talented winemakers, a distinct regional wine style and superb local cuisine. I’m looking forward to embarking on my second year of operation, when I will be introducing visitors from all over the world to Cornish wine.”
Kate transports the small groups in her luxury tour bus, enabling them to taste a diverse selection of still and sparkling wines from Camel Valley, Trevibban Mill Vineyard, Knightor Winery and Bosue Vineyard, all in one day.
Separate events are also arranged with Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard, near Penzance, and other tour packages – including Brewery Tours – are in the pipeline.
Full-day tours include lunch amongst the vines at one of Cornwall’s top dining spots, Appleton’s Bar & Restaurant (at Trevibban Mill Vineyard), where chef Andy Appleton serves up a delicious fusion of Cornish produce and rustic Italian cooking; a memorable taste experience in itself.
Engin Mumcuoglu, Owner of Trevibban Mill, said: “Kate’s tours are a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Cornwall’s increasingly confident and varied wine-making culture, and gain an insight into what makes wines from this part of the world so special.”
Find out more at www.cornishwinetours.com where tours can be booked for the 2019 season.