Camel ValleyWebsite : www.camelvalley.com
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.
Other wines by this producer
An elegant sparkling wine with a fine filigree mousse, youthful red fruits on the nose, and a light yeasty finish.
A light pink colour, this has classic English pinot character with floral and light strawberry aromas and an elegant palate with great length.