Open Farm Sunday – Press Release

Open Farm Sunday – 5th June 2016

Discover the World of Viticulture at Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard

Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard at Noah’s Ark near Malmesbury is opening their gates to visitors for Open Farm Sunday on 5th June, for what promises to be both a fascinating and enjoyable day out for the whole family. Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard will be joining hundreds of other farms and vineyards across the country taking part in farming’s national open day. Now in its eleventh year, this annual event organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is a great day out for the whole family and a unique opportunity to discover the world of farming.
When: Sunday 5th June
Where: Noah’s Ark, Garsdon, Malmesbury SN16 9NS
Opening time: 1100 – 1600
Admission cost: Free [a charitable donation to the West of England MS Therapy Centre would be appreciated].
Brief overview of your event Self-guided treks followed by tastings of the 2 wines on sale throughout the day with a guided tour at 1300. Interesting for those with an interest in vine growing, wine production and marketing and in wildlife. The interesting garden will also be open and there is plenty of room for picnicking in the vineyard if visitors so desire.

Keith Willingale, proprietor of Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard: “There is a lot to discover about the world of viticulture, which is a rapidly growing activity in the UK – so do come and join us on Open Farm Sunday and find out more! We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone and showing them around the vineyard. Visitors should be aware that there will not be any tanks to look at as we sub-contract the vinification of the grapes.
We enjoy working with, rather than in spite of, the resident wildlife. Deer graze the vineyard and rabbits live in the barn; badgers roam freely and even help to excavate Roman archaeology – we have some shards of pottery available for viewing. Some areas of the vineyard are left alone for the wildlife to enjoy.
We have been growing 3 varieties of grape on 3 acres since 1993 and have won awards along the way. Currently we are selling a dry white blend that has won recognition in German competition for the last 2 years, and our first Rosé wine that has just been released and proved very popular at Stroud Farmers Market when introduced there. We are particularly known for our bubbly, which was used during the millennial visit of HM The Queen, but this is out of stock until the 2014 vintage is released in July. Stockists of our wines locally are Michael Thomas the Butcher in Malmesbury as well as The Priory in Tetbury – a strong supporter of local food producers – and The Whole Hog.
Esther Willingale enjoys her garden, which is also adapted to rabbits, hares and deer and is looking forward to discussing issues with fellow gardeners on the day.”
Any queries should be directed to Keith at 01666823040 / 07584811112