Camel Valley has seen sensational success over the last 20 years with both their still and sparkling wines. Served at 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and featured on menus in some of the world’s best restaurants, this is a wine that once tasted is never forgotten. The winery was established by ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wine Annie in 1989. They had bought their farm in the heart of the Cornish countryside several years earlier, seeking a change from service life and the perfect place to bring up their young family, and initially farmed sheep and cattle. Each summer they watched the grass turn brown on the sun drenched slopes of the Camel Valley and wondered if vines might successfully grow there too. Bob ‘did a vintage’ in Germany and both took viticulture courses and read every vine and wine book they could find. They built a winery and equipped it with the finest equipment they could afford. Annie is the first to admit the early years weren’t easy: “We practically lived in the vineyard, doing all the work by hand, and when it came to harvest time it was just us and a few friends for picking, then Bob would stay up all night crushing the grapes. But we loved it, always striving for perfection in the vineyard and the winery, and then we won a medal in the national English Wine competition for our first wine, so we knew we were doing something right”. With long hours of sunshine, south facing vineyards and the same soil as the Champagne region these Cornish vineyards are really perfect for the creation of quality wines.
This flagship still wine has been described by famous UK wine critic Matthew Dukes as “world class”. He states that “for the umpteenth year in a row, this is my favourite dry white English wine”.
These wines are perfectly made and beautifully balanced but don’t take our word for it give them a try. This is our absolute favourite English white wine too, almost like a softer, more gentle version of a Sauvignon Blanc or has been described as England’s answer to Sancerre! Good varietal character shines through with crisp, tangy elderflower & grapefruit flavours with a balancing acidity and vibrant finish.
Perfect with vegetable frittata or asparagus with hollandaise.