After many years trading as fish merchants in Newlyn, John and Kim Coulson decided they needed a new adventure. After buying a run-down flower farm in Penzance and following some advice from Bob Lindo at Camel Valley, they decided to plant vines and create their own Cornish vineyard.
From the very first wine harvest in 2006, Kim and John created the first Polgoon rosé and were subsequently awarded the Waitrose Trophy for “Best Still Rosé in the UK”. The next two harvests also won major national competitions but unfortunately, after these early successes, Polgoon suffered from bad harvests in 2007 and 2008 after enduring terrible Cornish 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 their sparkling wines.
Polgoon then added a further product to the range, Raspberry Aval, which has gone on to become it’s bestselling sparkling drink.
The summer of 2009 was a good one for growing fruit, Polgoon had a strong harvest and set about developing a range of Cornish ciders and juices to further extend the range.
In 2012, a company led by Kim’s sister Ali, invested in Polgoon and created Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard, a trading division of Paramount 21 Ltd.
Today we have a wide range of award-winning sparkling and still wines, ciders and juices sold across the country and in our Taste Of The West, Gold medal-winning shop, full of local Cornish products. We love to show people what we do here and visitors are invited to come and taste the produce or join us on vineyard tours and tastings which take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 2pm from April-October.
January & February – Monday to Saturday: 9am – 5.30pm | Closed Sundays
April to December – Monday to Saturday: 9am-5.30pm | Sunday: 10.30am-4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Information for visitors
Well behaved dogs are permitted on a lead around the vineyard but they are not allowed inside the shop or the winery. There’s a dog bowl and fresh water outside the shop and somewhere to tie up.