Why go there?
Set in a beautiful, sun-soaked inland Cornish location, Camel Valley was called the number one winery in our country by esteemed wine critic Matthew Jukes. It recently won an unprecedented two Gold, a Silver and two Bronze medals in the 2014 International Wine Challenge (IWC). Founded in 1989 by ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo, this stunning vineyard is now run by his son Sam.
What to do
During the season (1 April to 30 September), there’s a guided tour at 2.30pm every weekday (£7.50 including a glass of wine). Plus, a longer (90-minute) Grand Tour and Tasting takes place every Wednesday at 5pm (from 1 April to 30 October), as well as every Thursday in August (£12, you get to taste four wines). You can buy wines at the vineyard shop (star exhibit is the sparkling Brut), or sip them (glasses and half-glasses) on the terrace overlooking the valley.
The spectacular Eden Project (plants and biodomes) is a 20-minute drive to the south. Truro’s lovely cathedral is 20 miles away, Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum 30 miles, and the Tate Museum at St Ives 40 miles away. The surf beaches of Newquay are just 25 minutes away.
Where to stay and eat
The vineyard has two small holiday cottages and, in season, guests can fish for salmon or trout in the River Camel. Prices £400-£700 per week (complimentary bottle of wine included). TV chef Rick Stein’s seafood restaurants at Padstow is 20 minutes to the north
How to get there
From the north, take the A30 south and turn right onto the A389 two miles before Bodmin. Drive for another two miles, then follow the brown signs to the vineyard.