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 just been made of the history of Cloud Nine which can be viewed here here..
We released the 2015 Rosé at Stroud Farmers Market on 14th May and it was very well received – we sold out of stock on the day.
The 2014 Sparkling wines are being delayed owing to a quality dispute with Litmus Wines. We have now [9th August] transferred the wine to Stanlake Park Wine Estate for disgorging and it is expected to be released in about 4 weeks.
The 2014 Cloud Nine blend was been awarded 2** (recommended with 80 points) in a competition organised in Germany by Selection magasine – not quite as good as the silver achieved the previous year, but it does demonstrate a reasonably consistent performance at the international level.
We are now trading every Saturday at Stroud and the 4th Saturday at Cirencester Farmers’ Markets.
Our wines can also be purchased from Michael Thomas the Butcher in Malmesbury or direct by email or 07584811112, as well as through this site.
We had great weather for the Malmesbury and District U3A picnic on July 17th
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: