Knightor Winery at Trethurgy near St Austell has released its very first vintage sparkling wine.

Described as having “aromas of apple, pear and buttery pastry, with delicate citrus flavours and great balance”,  just 2,000 bottles have been produced.

Knightor Winery owner, Adrian Derx, said: “This beautiful wine is made from grapes from our very first year in operation (2011) – it has been slowly maturing under carefully controlled conditions whilst four other harvests have come and gone.

“We had high hopes as the quality of the selected fruit was so high, but we still tasted it with trepidation as it was an early attempt. However, I’m pleased to say that it’s an outstanding vintage sparkling wine with lots of character, and we are looking forward to the response from our customers.”

It has been made from a blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay grape varieties and has been slowly maturing following an ageing process similar to that of Champagne.

Knightor Winery owns vineyards at Seaton in south east Cornwall and Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsular, and also sources fruit from other local growers.