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!].
Latest News – 2nd November
We are delighted to have received an email from Greg Browne, one of our American customers, saying that the 2011 Schönburger had been enjoyed at a wine tasting of the Lake Powell Forest Wine Tasting Club in Williamsburg, Virginia and providing a photo:
The 2011 Schönburger is still available, as is the 2012 traditional bubbly. The 2012 rose bubbly is now sold out – the 2014 rose bubbly is expected to be available next July.
The 2014 Cloud Nine blend has been awarded 2** (recommended with 80 points) in a competition organised in Germany by Selection magasine – not quite as good as the silver achieved last year, but it does demonstrate a reasonably consistent performance at the international level. We are also delighted to welcome another customer for our wine, a new wedding venue tucked away in rural central Wiltshire, where mobile wagons are provided for accommodation – all very quiet, romantic and eco-friendly.
We are trading every Saturday at Stroud Farmers Market and on the second Saturday in Cirencester. Our next Food and Drink market will be at Thornbury on December 5th.
In the vineyard we picked a small good quality amount of Bacchus on the 20th and the Schonburger on the 28th. As these varieties ripened at different times this year we shall be making single varietal wines instead of a 20125 Cloud Nine blend.