HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Looe Valley Vineyard was established in 2008 on a sunny site in the East Looe Valley in South East Cornwall by owners Charles Boney and Sue Brownlow. Our aim is simple – to create high quality local artisan wines.
The initial planting of Riesling-style white grape varieties Bacchus and Schönburger
and red Frühburgunder (early Pinot Noir) was followed in 2010 with the new white grape Solaris which has Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat parentage. 5.500 vines are now established on around 4 acres. If you want to know more about these varieties and why we chose them, have a look at our Wines page.
After experimenting with a very small trial batch of wine with the Solaris first crop in 2013, we have been producing and selling wine commercially since our 2014 harvest which is now on sale either at the winery or at several local retailers and restaurants. Production continues to develop each year with a new red introduced in 2016 and a single variety early Pinot Noir rose being launched in 2019. Exciting times!
The vineyard welcomes visitors by arrangement, and Charles enjoys offering short tours to groups or individuals wanting to know more about the processes of viticulture (growing the grapes) and vinification (making wine). We offer tours and tastings every Thursday from May – September and on other days by prior arrangement – see our Visit us page for up to date details.