Camel Valley Are World Wine Week Winners!

World Wine Week has announced its top five UK vineyards of 2018 as part of World Wine Week 2018 (30th of April – 4th of May) and Camel Valley, one of our favourites made the top five.

In the year between April 2017 and April 2018, UK wine producers planted a record one million vines, meaning an extra two million bottles will enter the market in 2018. The UK’s wine production has been on the up for well over a decade now, and with British summers becoming warmer, that trend is set to continue.   There are over 500 vineyards in the UK producing different types of grapes, with Chardonnay taking the number one spot as the most popular variety grown. Production takes place up and down the country but the presence of limestone across Kent and Sussex makes for particularly fertile ground meaning Britain provides a truly unique climate for farming, big names such as Taittinger and Vranken-Pommery have set up operations in the UK. 

The best of 2018 were identified as:

Denbies – Surrey: Denbies first opened its doors in 1984 with the first planting taking place in 1986. 

Chapel Down – Kent: Located in the Kent countryside,near the market town of Tenterden, Chapel Down is the official wine of No 10 Downing Street.

Ryedale – Yorkshire: The rolling chalk hills of the Wolds play host to the Ryedale Vinyards. Set across two locations, Westow and Howsham, Ryedale says they are ‘currently the most northerly commercial vineyard in Britain.’ 

Three Choirs – Gloucestershire & Hampshire: Between its two sites, Three Choirs has 70 acres to produce its extensive range of wine. 

Camel Valley – Cornwall: One of our favourites here at The Wine Reserve! This Cornwall family affair has quickly ascended to the forefront of British wine making. Started in 1989 by ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie, Camel Valley has become famous for its selection of sparkling and still wines. Speaking about Camel Valley, Bob says: ‘we supply Waitrose nationally, Fortnum's and Hakkasan in London, and even export to Japan. You'd be surprised how many customers say they first tried a glass of our wine at Tate Modern in London and felt they just had to come and visit the vineyard. I think making a top-quality product is the secret of our success.' Bob and Annie have handed over the reins to their son, Sam, resulting a great level of success. Sam has been awarded UK Winemaker of the Year Award and the Wine of the Year Trophy since taking charge and shows no sign of slowing down.

World Wine Week is all about encouraging and inspiring the UK to experiment, discover and explore the vast world of wine, something that is extremely important to us here at The Wine Reserve and we are thrilled to see Camel Valley in particular get the credit they deserve too.