Camel Valley has been awarded a royal warrant for the supply of English sparkling wines, making it the first in the category to receive the honour. The warrant is by command of HRH the Prince of Wales.
While the royal family is known to favour several of the country’s effervescent wines, including Nyetimber and Ridgeview, Camel Valley has been sipped on numerous royal occasions and over many years, including at the state banquet held at Buckingham Palace last July in honour of the King and Queen of Spain and again the following day to celebrate the Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday at Clarence House.
In order to attain a royal warrant the criteria states there must be a consistent supply over at least seven years and a high emphasis on sustainability.
The Cornish vineyard is owned by ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie who planted their first 8000 vines in 1989. Now run by their son Sam, Camel Valley has won numerous wine awards over the years at both a national and international level and is currently served on British Airways in first class.
‘We are delighted, honoured and very proud to be the first ‘By royal appointment’ English sparkling wine,’ said Bob Lindo. ‘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.’