The next two harvests also won major national competitions. Unfortunately, after these early successes, Polgoon suffered terrible harvests in 2007 and 2008 after enduring particularly adverse weather conditions, leaving almost no wine! Determined not to be beaten, the Coulsons perfected a Cornish cider called Aval (Cornish for ‘apple’), a sparkling cider product made using the Methode Traditionelle, the same method used by French winemakers to produce Champagne. They began to market it locally, and within weeks it had all sold out.
Polgoon then added a further product to their range, namely Raspberry Aval, which won a Gold Medal in the Taste of the West Awards 2009 and was runner up in the National Drinks Awards in the same year. It has gone on to become our bestselling sparkling drink.
The summer of 2009 was a good one for growing and Polgoon had a strong harvest, making for an excellent vintage. We continued to make the popular Cornish Aval and deliciously pink Raspberry Aval, and also set about developing a range of Cornish ciders to further extend the range.