Going for Gold – at Camel Valley Vineyard

16 08 2016

There’s nowhere quite like it! As Team GB are winning Golds at the Olympics and are second on the leaderboard, on the English wine front we’re doing just as well. With Gold medals at all the major competitions we’ve piqued the interest of the Champagne houses who are investing in land over himg_4977 img_4979 img_4985 img_4987ere. Our reputation is built upon sparkling but we can be just as proud of our still white, rose and even some red wines now too. Global warming is certainly helping but we’re also developing the know how and the experience – amply demonstrated by the modest Sam Lindo at Camel Valley Vineyards within cycling distance from Padstow in Cornwall. I like the way Bob and Sam have developed their business, focussing on what works, growing organically, keeping things simple, keeping a level head. They know that the vagaries of the British climate can pose threats for a single site operation so they have wisely developed a multi-site approach, ensuring a reliable consistent supply of grapes. Production is now around 200,000 bottles and at that size they’re small enough to be in constant high demand. You’ll find Camel Valley wines only at the best outlets. I asked Sam what his favourite food and wine pairing was, expecting him to say something like freshly-caught brill with Darnibole Bacchus but in typically down-to-earth style his favourite is Cornish fish and chips with Camel Valley Brut – so good you’d do it twice!

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