Camel Valley gets a Royal Warrant

Camel Valley, the Cornish wine producer, has been awarded a royal warrant, by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. The warrant has been granted for its English sparkling wines.

Camel Valley wines have been served on numerous royal occasions apparently. They were on the menu at the state banquet held at Buckingham Palace last July in honour of the King and Queen of Spain and were served at a reception to celebrate the Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday at Clarence House the following day.

Their wines were also served at the Commonwealth Conference chaired by the Prince of Wales in Sri Lanka in 2013.

Bob Lindo, who along with his wife Annie founded owner Camel Valley Vineyard, based in Bodmin, Cornwall, said: “We are delighted, honoured and very proud to be the first ‘By Royal Appointment’ English Sparkling Wine.

“It’s a great honour for Camel Valley and it speaks for the whole industry that there is now an English sparkling wine ranked alongside some of the finest suppliers of wines to the Royal Household.”

The criteria for the award of a royal warrant are strict, with an emphasis on consistent supply over at least seven years and an emphasis on sustainability.

Ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first 8,000 vines in 1989. The family-run operation has grown in size and become one of the leading names in English wine. Sam Lindo, their son, is now head winemaker and Annie continues to prune her own vineyard.

Camel Valley has won many wine awards over the years at both national and international level, including four International Wine Challenge trophies, including the International ‘best rose sparkling wine’ in both the International Wine Challenge and in Bollicine del Mondo in Italy. Camel Valley is currently served by British Airways in First Class.