Cornwall Life profiles the Camel Valley Vineyard

PUBLISHED: 14:53 23 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 February 2013

The vines

The vines

2010 was another successful year for the Camel Valley Vineyard and the Lindos have plenty to celebrate, both business-wise and on the home front

However, the icing on the cake for the Camel Valley Vineyard in 2010 has been on a personal level. Along with a family wedding in July, for which Sam made a special ros wine for his sister Esther, the bride, Sam also celebrated the birth of his first baby. The question is, will little Harriett Lindo turn out to be a champion winemaker like her father and grandfather?

Camel Valley Vineyard, Nanstallon, Bodmin PL30 5LG; 01208 77959;

2010 was another successful year for the Camel Valley Vineyard and the Lindos have plenty to celebrate, both business-wise and on the home front

It was a sensational year for Camel Valley Vineyard in 2010. The Lindo family have been no strangers to medals, awards and trophies in the 20 years since Bob and Annie planted the first 8,000 vines on their farm at Nanstallon, near Bodmin. Bob still remembers the first medal he won in 1993. It felt so good to win something for one of the first wines I ever made. In those days Annie and I did all the work in the vineyard ourselves, and I made the wine on my own with fairly simple equipment, Bob says.

Since then the vineyard has quadrupled in size, a new winery has been built and equipped to the highest standards, and the family now employ an additional six full-time staff. In 2001, maths graduate Sam Lindo returned to work alongside his parents and five years later took over the winemaking. Having previously worked at one of New Zealands top wineries, Sam was keen to bring his own style of wine making to Camel Valley, while at the same time maintaining the clean and fresh character for which the familys wines are renowned.

Sam installed his own cooling system in the winery so that every tank is chilled down to the optimum temperature for preserving all the aromas and flavours of the grape juice. He has perfected the art of making fabulous still and sparkling ross, and has won the Waitrose Trophy for the Best Ros four times in the past seven years. He has risen to the challenge of English Pinot Noir making red, white and ros from it, and last year won Best International Sparkling Wine in Italys Bollecine del Mondo with the white fizz, and this year the International Wine Challenge Trophy for the Worlds Best Sparkling Ros and also the Best English Wine Trophy.

Sam was the UK Winemaker of the Year in 2007 and again this year, and runner-up in the intervening years, but he is the first to admit his achievements are not solely down to him. My dad won his first International Gold Medal in 2005, with his sparkler judged against the finest wines in the world, and I think this really set the standard for us all at Camel Valley. Obviously I work in close collaboration with him and were always bouncing ideas off each other, but all our staff here are very much part of the team. We all take great pride in what we do, whether its having the best-kept vineyard, making the best wines, or giving the warmest welcome to the hundreds of visitors we receive every year.

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