As a teenager Sam Lindo wasn't that interested in the vineyard that his dad Bob had started a decade earlier. He helped out during the harvest and enjoyed the physical work outdoors, but he didn't feel passionate about the idea of winemaking.
Over time, however, Sam discovered not only the beauty of making wine, he also came to appreciate the sense of place at the vineyard. He found meaning in the connection between the craft, the land, and what happens over time.
Instead of getting a corporate job, Sam ended up working full time at the vineyard and taking over as winemaker after his dad. His approach to making wine is to keep things as simple as possible and work with a vision, not for the next decade, but for the next century. It's not about becoming large, it's not about becoming better than others, it's about doing things right - hopefully over generations.
At present, what's right for Camel Valley means breaking with the tradition of Champagne by crushing grapes and ageing wines briefly in order to play to the strengths of the colder English climate. The English wine industry is still nascent, and Sam is excited about creating wines are unique and unexpected. As the climate unfortunately slowly warms, his love for the unexpected will continue to be nourished, and his hundred year perspective on his craft come in handy.