Flash Update 14/9/17 – Our exceptional [in terms of both yield and quality] crop of Seyval Blanc are ready for picking a month earlier than usual; as we don’t need all of them we are making a couple of tons available to other vineyards. Any vineyard interested should contact us by the usual means e.g.07584811112 asap.
Bow-in-the-Cloud vineyard was planted in 1992 and 1993 and has been producing wine for corporate customers and local trade since 1995. It comprises 4.6 acres but so far only 3 have been planted – one acre of Bacchus, one of Seyval Blanc and one of Schönburger. The training method is now GDC having initially been traditional Guyot.
We aim to operate on a sustainable basis with minimal impact on the environment, including the wild life, and we limit our yield so as to satisfy the regional market whilst achieving the very best quality. In the vineyard we use no pesticides and in the winery (operated by Litmus Wines) our wines are essentially hand-crafted in small batches and avoid the standardisation practices used in manufactured wines. We do not blend different vintages and thus each vintage has its own character and proudly reflects the climatic conditions of the year. In accordance with current practice all of our wines can be described as single vintage and single vineyard. If the conditions are not conducive to producing good wine then the grapes are not harvested but are left for the birds, badgers and foxes [fortunately this has only happened once!]. A video has been made of the history of Cloud Nine which can be viewed here here..
We aim to attend Stroud Farmers Market every Saturday except the second, when we are at Purley-on-Thames. We also attend Newbury FM on the first Sunday. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to provide a stall at Cirencester for the time being.
Our wines can also be purchased direct by email or 07584811112, as well as through this site.
Cotswold Food and Drink Awards – 2016
We were delighted to be nominated for the “Drink of the Year” award for 2016. Our thanks to those who voted for the Cloud Nine blend. We were beaten into second place by the very experienced Day’s Apple Juice who won the competition for the 4th time, but we were judged the best wine in the Cotswolds and here is a video of the award ceremony: