Cornwall vineyard Camel Valley enjoys bumper season - thanks to scorching summer
A Cornish vineyard has experienced one of its best ever harvests thanks to this year’s spectacular summer.
The award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard near Bodmin has enjoyed a bumper crop.
Sam Lindo, chief winemaker on the vineyard, said: “It's been an excellent summer for us. We had temperatures above 30 degrees during our flowering period at the end of June and beginning of July which we've never had before.
“This provided us with ideal weather conditions to produce an excellent crop.”
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The vineyard, the largest and most decorated in Cornwall, has more than 24,000 vines across 17 acres on south-facing slopes.
It produces an array of white, red and rose wines and is famed for its sparking rose, which won best in the world at the 2010 World Wine Awards.
Mr Lindo, whose parents Bob and Annie opened the vineyard in 1972, said: “We've had one of our biggest crops yet due to the weather.
“The crucial time for us is the flowering period, so we were extremely happy to get such perfect weather conditions which will also help us with next year's crop.
“This year started off terrible. In May it was very cold and wet and we were anticipating another summer like last year's so it was a relief when the warm spell arrived.”
The UK enjoyed one of its hottest summers on record this year with temperatures putting 2013 as our warmest, driest and sunniest for seven years.
Approximately 189mm of rain fell over the summer, around three-quarters of the average and making this about the 16th driest since records began.
Meanwhile, after much of the country woke up to a blanket of fog this morning, forecasters have predicted temperatures will remain above average for the rest of the week.
Lindsay Mears, spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The main problem at the moment is the fog - that is to clear a little bit later by midday, but maybe it will hang around a little longer in East Anglia, on the Cornish coasts and on the far west.”