Cornwall Living 2016

Polgoon Vineyard

Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard is an award-winning producer of Cornish wines, ciders and fruit juices. Based just outside of Penzance on the A30 towards Land’s End, Polgoon is set on 23 acres of south-facing vineyards and orchards, where all of their drinks are produced.

Seven years ago, John & Kim Coulson were fish merchants supplying Marks & Spencer from their business based at Newlyn Harbour. After many successful years and with a growing family of 5 children, they decided they needed a bigger house!

By chance they found a derelict farmhouse on the edge of Penzance and decided to buy it – along with 23 acres, 2 cottages and 2 barns for conversion.

After meeting an award-winning Cornish winemaker they decided to plant vines and create their own Cornish vineyard. From their first wine harvest in 2006, they created the first Polgoon wine and were subsequently awarded the Trophy for “Best Still Rose in the UK”. This trophy was awarded by the UK Vintners Association, judged by 7 Masters of Wine and sponsored by Waitrose.

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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.