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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 – 18 July
We are now trading every Wednesday and Saturday at Stroud Farmers Market and on the second Saturday in Cirencester. The 2014 Cloud Nine blend has now been certified as Quality Wine and has been released. The 2014 bubbly is also showing good promise. The 2011 Schönburger is still available.
In the vineyard we are benefiting from a warm dry start to the season, the shoots are about 5 feet long and summer pruning is well underway with the emphasis on cutting out new growth that is unproductive and/or growing in the wrong direction for good canopy development.