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!].
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 2012 bubblies are now sold out, the 2011 Schönburger is still available; the 2014 bubblies are expected to be available in 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, The Snooty Fox Hotel in Tetbury.
We are now taking our winter break from markets and will return to trading every Saturday at Stroud Farmers Market and on the second Saturday in March.
In 2015 we picked a small good quality amount of Bacchus on the 20th and the Schonburger on the 28th November. As these varieties ripened at different times this year we shall be making single varietal wines instead of a 2015 Cloud Nine blend.