Royal Visit for award winning Cornish vineyard
The idea for the vineyard visit began when Cornishman David Brewer was Lord Mayor of London and arranged a Cornish produce event at Leadenhall Market, which of course the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attended.
They both showed great interest in the Cornish wines Sam Lindo was showing, and he made everyone laugh when he gave them a leaflet about the vineyard and invited them to visit Camel Valley.
Sam Lindo – the UK’s 2007 ‘Winemaker of the Year’ – showed Her Royal Highness round the winery, and demonstrated the disgorging process he uses to make Camel Valley traditional method sparkling wine. The bottle of ‘Cornwall’ was then labelled and presented to Her Royal Highness to take home. Sam said: ‘I hope the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will enjoy drinking ‘Cornwall.’
Still very much a family concern, Camel Valley’s founders Bob and Annie Lindo showed the Duchess the vineyards and give a brief talk on vine growing. Her Royal Highness then met the rest of the family and staff, and joined neighbours for a Cornish lunch and wine tasting on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.
‘Who could have imagined when we first planted vines twenty years ago that a member of the Royal family would ever visit us?’ said Bob Lindo. ‘We were all very pleased to welcome such a distinguished guest to our quiet little corner of the Cornish countryside, and I’m so pleased to have been able to include our neighbours and supporters in on the visit, especially those who’ve flown over from Japan for the day! We’ve won many prestigious awards over the years, and I consider this visit to be one of them.’
Bob Lindo has won the Cornwall Tourist Board Award for Outstanding Services to Tourism, and Sam Lindo has won ‘2007 UK Winemaker of the Year.’ Camel Valley Vineyard has won the South West Business Award for Creating Wealth in the Rural Community, and the inaugural Times/Waitrose Small Producer of the Year Award. Camel Valley wines have won many awards including an International Wine Challenge Gold Medal, Medals in the International Wine and Spirit Competition and Decanter Challenge, and all the major UK trophies.
Her Royal Highness followed up her visit with an order for a case of 2006 Camel Valley Bacchus which was delivered to Clarence House the next day.