Protected status sought for Cornish vineyard

A Cornish vineyard owner is seeking EU Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) recognition for a wine produced from a single vineyard.

Darnibole Bacchus is made entirely from Bacchus grapes from a single field known as Darnibole, where the slate subsoil and steep south-facing aspect is said to give the wine a unique character.

According to Camel Valley Vineyards co-founder Bob Lindo: "All previous vintages of Darnibole Bacchus have won a gold medal and critical acclaim, so there is something we consider to be special about that small area."

Lindo, twice named UK Winemaker of the Year, has proposed that only unsweetened, unacidified wine produced in the adjoining Camel Valley Winery and comparable to previous vintages should qualify for the status.

Meanwhile, Plumpton College in West Sussex has been named as host of the next International Cool Climate Symposium for the wine industry in 2016.

The four-yearly conference, held last week in Tasmania, will be a collaboration between the college, the Institute of Masters of Wine, University of Brighton, English Wine Producers and the UK Vineyards Association.

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