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Cornish vineyard enjoy best grape harvest 'in 30 years'

The vineyard says conditions have been perfect for these white Seyval grapes. Photo: ITV West Country

Cornwall's shelves could be filled with the finest vintage wine, thanks to some good sunshine over the summer.

A vineyard in Nanstallon, a tiny hamlet on the edge of Bodmin, has reported one of its best harvests yet, with a bit of rain and plenty of sunshine swelling its grapes.

Growers at Camel Valley says it's in fact been so good, their pickers started harvesting three weeks earlier than usual.

Bob Lindo, who won a lifetime achievement award this year at the International Wine Challenge, has been growing grapes since 1989.

He says this year's crop is set to be his best yet, in the 29 years.

Bob Lindo has been growing grapes since 1989. Credit: ITV West Country

It's been a dream year, because with the heatwave we obviously got lots of sun and a bit of rain as well to swell them [grapes], because they are 95% water... but it's the year I've waited for for 30 years, it's unbelievable.''

– Bob Lindo, Camel Valley
Growers at Camel Valley says it's in fact been so good, their pickers started harvesting three weeks earlier than usual. Credit: ITV West Country

In 1993 the weather was so bad. We had a sign on a post which said 'if you can find a grape, I'll give you a fiver'... really it has gotten warmer over the years there's no doubt about that.''

– Bob Lindo, Camel Valley
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tonnes of grapes will be picked in a week at the Camel Valley vineyard.
Cornwall's shelves could be filled with the finest vintage wine thanks to a good summer. Credit: ITV West Country

Winemaking in England is being taken seriously, according to one picker.

Delphine Prevost who is originally from Normandy in France and is studying for a Masters in wine says her friends and family laughed when she initially told them she was going to work in a British vineyard, but that has changed.

Delphine Prevost says champagne houses are now taking England seriously in winemaking. Credit: ITV West Country

Everyone was really questioning me, like are you really going to make wine in England? That was three years ago and now you can see everyone's taking it seriously and big champagne houses are now taking England seriously.''

– Delphine Prevost, Wine Student