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Camel Valley

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It’s a hands-on job at Camel Valley, whoever you may be: Annie Lindo remains the only person to have pruned her block of 5,000 vines since she and ex-RAF pilot Bob founded this Cornish vineyard in 1989, while son Sam – now winemaker – was given the task of putting all the support canes in at the age of 13, during his summer holidays.

Even Raymond Blanc – the Lindos produce a blanc de noirs rosé specially for Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – has been known to pick grapes at Camel Valley and to load the press (and he also famously cooked a meal with Annie using Camel Valley’s own wild salmon).

The sparkling wines here remain among the finest grown in England, a decade after they first grabbed the headlines by taking on – and often beating – the Champenois in international tasting competitions.

And the Lindos reckon their Darnibole Vineyard is pretty special too: when they first publicised it (taking the name from a field on the deeds of the property), a Google search brought back zero results. Thanks to the success of Camel Valley, that search tally is up to over 1,800 now.

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