Wines from Cornwall’s award winning Camel Valley vineyard are fit for a Queen – they were served at the Royal Jubilee reception earlier this year, and stars from the world of food and drink, like Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc, have also enjoyed them at a reception at 10 Downing Street.
They can also be found on the wine specials board at CLC Hustyns and guests who have sampled them can discover just what makes this vineyard so successful by joining in a tour and tasting session.
The vineyard, Cornwall’s largest, is just outside Bodmin, in Nanstallon, and a wine maker guides visitors through the vineyard and winery explaining the work that goes into producing the wines that have taken on and beaten world famous names.
The vineyard was started in 1989 when ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and wife Annie planted their first 8,000 vines. In the last two decades they have enjoyed phenomenal success and won awards at national and international level and since son Sam took over the awards have just kept coming.
Camel Valley’s Cornwall Brut famously beat off competition from leading champagne houses Bollinger and Roederer to scoop the trophy for ‘Best International Traditional Method Sparkling Wine” in 2010 at Verona and other wines, like the Pinot Noir, have also been garlanded.
Most recently celebrity pop star turned chef Paul Young used a little of the Camel Valley white wine to enhance his Moules Mariniere, cooked at CLC Hustyns during a charity fundraising evening.
The vineyard is within easy driving distance for guests at CLC Hustyns. Between now and October 30th, on each Wednesday starting at 5.30pm, you can join the Grand Tour and Tasting – the tour is followed by a fun tasting session beginning with that award-winning Cornwall Brut and at least three others, for £12.
The daily guided tours take place from Monday to Friday at 2.30pm until September 30th. See how the grapes are transformed into award winning wines and enjoy a sample glass at the end of the tour for £7.50.
Neil Rousseau, Operations Manager at CLC Hustyns, said: “The wine tour is a must for our guests. We certainly enjoyed the very personal approach with Bob explaining how you turn the grapes into award winning wine and the tasting session is good fun, enlivened by personal stories and Bob’s wit!” To find out more visit www.camelvalley.com
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