Is climate change making Cornish wine even better?
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
According to a group of scientists at the University of Exeter, wine made in the region may well have become better each year, thanks to climate change.
The possible positive effects of climate change on Cornish wine are now going to be studied further as part of a major study at Exeter University.
Two Cornish producers, Camel Valley Vineyard in Bodmin and Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard of Penzance, have agreed to participate in the study - which may lead to an improved understanding of what makes Cornwall a great place to grow wine, and help producers continue to improve their wines.
The study will aim to find the best location for vineyards and identify how best to take advantage of increasing temperature.
What's already known is that wine production is greatly affected by weather.
In the wash out summer of 2012 a vineyard on the Devon and Cornwall border was able to produce just 4,000 bottles of wine. With glorious sunshine prevalent this year, the same vineyard is on course to produce 60,000 bottles - 15 times as many.
If you fancy trying out a bottle of Camel Valley wine, why not order a bottle when you dine in our restaurant or pop along to Fowey Fish and Wine where you can find both Camel Valley and Polgoon wine to take home?