Polgoon and Newlyn School of Art Create ‘Art Bacchus 2017’ with artist and tutor, Anthony Garratt.

a Cornish wine with a Cornish view

‘Plucked Mine’ by Anthony Garratt

The iconic Cornish landscape has always been a source of inspiration to artists.  This connection to the landscape is something John Coulson, winemaker at Polgoon, also feels strongly about and inspired him to approach Newlyn School of Art to commission the tutors to create artwork for the labels of Polgoon’s limited edition, bacchus white wine.

Anthony Garratt’s ‘Plucked Mine’ was chosen for this year’s commission. The painting of a tin mine in Botallack at the heart of Poldark country and just a few miles from the vineyard, has been created using soil from the mine itself.  “I liked the idea of a painting made with soil,” says Coulson.  “Our soil is our ‘terroir’, so I was naturally drawn to something created with the very thing we value so highly.”

Anthony Garratt says: “The more I paint, the more I realise that we’re at the mercy of the landscape and elements. Cornwall often provides us with weather that makes us feel vulnerable. For me that’s what makes it such an exciting place to paint.”

The Art Bacchus has fresh, crisp, citrus aromas with gooseberry and elderflower prominent on the palate. It’s balanced minerality is reminiscent of Cornish shores. Each bottle from the limited edition of 1500 is signed by the artist and winemaker and individually numbered from 1 to 1500.  With every bottle sold, a donation will be made to help support the work Newlyn School of Art does to teach, mentor and support artists from around the country.

This is an annual commission; with every new vintage a new label will be commissioned from one of Newlyn’s tutors to build a collection of art labels from the best artists working in the county.

“I liked the idea of a painting made with soil.  Our soil is our ‘terroir’, so I was naturally drawn to something created with the very thing we value so highly.”

John Coulson, Owner and Winemaker at Polgoon

“Plucked Mine provides a striking image for the second edition of the Art Bacchus. I love the idea of a wine label providing a talking point at the table and this certainly triggers conversation. It’s wonderful to watch this collection of artwork grow over the years; different artists, different styles, but always the same inspiration; a love for Cornwall.”

Henry Garfit, Newlyn School of Art

Art Bacchus bottles will be available from August 2019 from www.polgoon.com, from the Polgoon Vineyard Shop and at selected outlets: 2 Fore Street, Great Cornish Food Stores, The Mount Haven Hotel, The Tinners Arms, The Porthminster Beach Cafe and Tremenheere Kitchen.

  • Tremenheere Kitchen