When ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first eight thousand vines in 1989, they never dreamed of the phenomenal success they would achieve within 2 decades. 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.
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. They always strived for perfection in the vineyard and the winery, and then they won a medal in the national English Wine competition fo their first wine, so they knew they were doing something right.
More awards followed over the years, with Camel Valley wines consistently winning medals at both national and international level. Bob continued as Winemaker, but now had a small team of full time staff to help in the vineyard and a new state of the art winery, and had started making Cornwall's first Traditional Method sparkling wine as well as still wines. His finest moment came in 2005 with an International Wine Challenge Gold Medal for Camel Valley ‘Cornwall' sparkling wine. ‘I was so proud to have won this, as our wine was up against the finest wines in the whole world and was the only gold medal awarded to a non-Champenoise wine. I really felt that I had set the standard for generations to come.' And now the second generation winemaker is hard at work at Camel Valley. Sam Lindo, has now taken over as Winemaker, with a little help from Dad now and again, and in 2007 won ‘UK Winemaker of the Year Award, as well as the Wine of the Year Trophy, and Sparkling Wine Trophy in the UK Vineyards annual competition for English wines judged solely by Masters of Wine.' Sam retained the coveted ‘Vintners Trophy' for the best UK English sparkling wine and another 3 Trophies in 2008. (Ref: www.camelvalley.com)