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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. 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 – 8 August
We have just heard that 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 now trading every Saturday at Stroud Farmers Market and on the second Saturday in Cirencester. The 2011 Schönburger is still available, as are the 2012 bubblies but the pink is nearly finished.
In the vineyard growth has just about caught up after the slow start and strong canopy development is presenting a management challenge. At this stage there is potential for high yields and the warm spell of weather is certainly helping.