Camel Valley shows sparkling progress

Cornish winery Camel Valley will increase its production of sparkling wine after winning the top award for English and Welsh wine.

Its sparkling Pinot Noir 2004 rosé Cornwall was named Wine of the Year and Best Sparkling Wine at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year awards, organisised by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Camel Valley's winemaker Sam Lindo - son of founder Bob Lindo - was also named Winemaker of the Year after only two years in the role.

Sam Lindo said the winery had no plans to increase its total production, but it will focus more on sparkling wine and particularly on Pinot Noir.

"Our aim is not to get carried away with getting bigger, but to stay at the top in terms of quality," he said.

Camel Valley's wines are supplied to independent shops and restaurants through Bath wine merchant Great Western Wines.

Chapel Down won two trophies for its Bacchus Reserve 2005 - Best Wine of Other Year's Vintage and Best Single Varietal Wine.

Two first -time entrants also netted prizes, with Penzance winery Polgoon winning the Best Rosé award for its 2006 vintage and Suffolk's Ickworth Vineyard scooping the Best Small Production accolade for Walled Garden White 2005.

Thirteen trophies, seven gold medals, 13 silvers and 61 bronzes were awarded, with a further 60 wines given a highly commended rating.