Fantastic award winning British white and sparkling wine. A phrase I never thought I would say but which is 100% deserved! On a recent trip to Padstow, Cornwall we stopped off at the Camel Valley winery and were not disappointed. There was a quick taster session where we tried each of the white and red wines and even the sparkling wine before committing to buy – and buy we did taking home one of each :-). Not only can you buy and order online but they also have a lovely guest house and wine bar to enjoy on site which can make you feel like you’ve been swept away to France or Italy. Definitely worth checking out!
“At Camel Valley, we’ve been producing award-winning, world-class wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall for twenty years. What is it that makes our wines so good? It’s really quite simple – an idyllic setting on sun-drenched slopes near the famous Camel River; excellent grapes that perfectly suit the soil and climate; a respect for traditional vineyard practices combined with a modern approach to wine making and, most importantly – a passion for creating wines that provide pure pleasure.” (www.camelvalley.com)
My wife’s pick of the bunch was the Bacchus Dry – which has a gorgeous taste and for me combined the best bits of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio with its distinctive fruity bouquet and a grapey flavour. Recommended by Fiona Beckett, Guardian Magazine 7th May 2011 and featured in the Michel Roux TV series. as well as by Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail Weekend 28 May 2011: “THE UK’s NUMBER ONE ESTATE, every wine from Camel Valley is a joy and I have picked out my favourite dry white wine, made from the accurately named Bacchus grape, for you to savour. Get in quick, this citrus-soaked beauty always sells out fast” (www.camelvalley.com)
My personal favourite was their Atlantic Dry which for me had more flavour and less of the bite that some Pinot Grigios have. “A crisp, clean and fresh wine made from a blend of grape varieties and fermented at low temperature. This delicately flavoured wine is the perfect accompaniment to light fish dishes, and is a favourite in many Cornish restaurants. The name celebrates the Atlantic Ocean lapping Cornwall’s shores, and the freshest fish in the world.” (www.camelvalley.com)
Although really Camel Valley’s pièce de résistance is their sparkling ‘Cornwall’ Brut and with the climate in the UK around the same as the vintage year for French champagne you can see why the recommendations keep flooding in:
Jane Macquitty, Times 23 April 2011: ‘Glorious bubbly, bursting with refined fruit’.
Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday 24 April 2011: ‘Fresh and pinging with a joyful sense of celebration. Magnificently vibrant and alive with fruit’.
Waitrose Weekend Magazine: ‘You can’t go wrong with Camel Valley, a delicious vintage fizz with as much complexity as a Champagne Grande Marque. Camel Valley is a national treasure with flavours fit for a King and Queen’.
Oz Clarke: ‘Britain’s best value sparkler’.
Richard Erlich, Wine Critic Independent on Sunday ‘Excellent’
Rick Stein‘s world-famous Seafood Restaurant
Nathan Outlaw‘s iconic two Michelin Star Restaurants
2011 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)
– Silver Medal 2009 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rose Brut
– Silver Medal 2008 Camel Valley White Pinot Noir Brut
– Bronze medal 2009 Camel Valley Chardonnay Brut
2011 International Wine Challenge (IWC):
– Silver medal 2008 Camel Valley White Pinot Noir Brut
– Bronze medal 2009 Pinot Noir Rose Brut,
– Bronze medal 2009 Camel Valley Brut,
– Bronze medal 2009 Annie’s Anniversary Brut,
– Bronze medal 2010 Camel Valley Atlantic Dry and
– Bronze medal 2010 Camel Valley Bacchus and
3 Highly Commended.
Camel Valley Ltd
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