AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO WINEMAKING
Set high above pretty St Austell Bay, with a handsome manor house and granite barns around a pretty courtyard, you will find Knightor Winery. It is a producer of premium, quality still and sparkling wines with vineyards at Portscatho and Seaton on the south Cornish coast. Since opening its doors in 2011 the winery has built a following among wine lovers for its growing range of styles and limited release vintages.
Producing between 20 and 40,000 litres per year in runs of as few as 1,000 bottles the winery has won a number of prestigious awards. Last year their Mena Hweg, a well-balanced still off dry white, was recognised twice at the Sommelier Wine Awards. A gold medal winner, it was also singled out from all the rest when the judges chose the wine as the winner of the Critic’s Choice trophy!
Knightor takes inspiration from both old world and new world wines, but has no desire to mimic existing styles, particularly from warmer climes. This combined with its Cornish setting and innovative approach to winemaking, is what makes the brand unique.
“When it comes to English wine the difference is generally the lightness and elegance of the style, this is their hallmark and what they can do really well. Working in a marginal climate gives low grape yields but also creates the taste and acidity that make English sparkling rose and white wines win international awards. It also gives the still wines that crisp freshness and an elegance that is part of the inherent character of English wine, and goes well with the great local produce from Cornwall.” Adrian Derx, Director of Knightor explains.
Working in a marginal climate gives low grape yields but also creates the taste and acidity that make English sparkling rose and white wines win international awards. It also gives the still wines that crisp freshness and an elegance that is part of the inherent character of English wine, and goes well with the great local produce from Cornwall.
Knightor customers are also encouraged to visit the winery to get the full experience, with a range of informative tours and tastings, which help visitors to understand the principles of vintage and varietal wines, and the techniques employed during the winemaking process.
“We’ve got lots of new products and plans lined up! Each year we release new wines and styles and this year that includes the introduction of vermouths and new wine based spirits and we’re releasing 2011 sparkling vintages! We’re also planting more vines this year at our Porscatho vineyard.” Adds Adrian.
The winery is run by Adrian Derx and his tight-knit team of ten, drafting in additional help from friends, family and other local people during the busier times of year, for jobs such as pruning and picking.