- Children Welcome
- Disabled Access
- Dogs Welcome
- Online Shop
- Tours Available
- Venue Hire
- Open by appointment
Open by arrangement from March to December
- Booking required
- No Self-Guided Tour
- Cellar Door
- Rent a vine
Postcode: SN16 9NS
Tel: 01666 823040
The first question people ask about Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard in North Wiltshire is, how did it get its curious name? Answer: a national newspaper competition to name a house in the hamlet of Noah’s Ark.
About Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard
The 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 Geneva Double Curtain, having initially been traditional Guyot.
Bow-in-the-Cloud aims to operate on a sustainable basis with minimal impact on the environment, including the wildlife, and yield is limited so as to satisfy the regional market whilst achieving the very best quality.
No pesticides are used in the vineyard and in the winery (operated by Litmus Wines); the wines are essentially hand-crafted in small batches and avoid the standardisation practices used in manufactured wines.
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!
2018 is a year of change, founder Keith created an incredible legacy with Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard which is now being run by his family, led by daughter Sophie.
Bow-in-the-Cloud have a presence at Cirencester and Stroud Farmers market selling their still and sparkling wines, usually every other week.
Perhaps finding just what does lie at the end of rainbows is what motivated owner Keith Willingale’s quest to produce exceptional wines. Since establishing his 3 acre vineyard in 1995, ex-Royal Navy officer Keith steadily created a range of distinctive wines.
The names of the wines also draw on the Noah’s Ark theme: ‘Cloud Nine’, for example, relates to a pair of crows that it is reported were the ninth pair of creatures to enter Noah’s Ark. The crows loved to boast about “a day on the grape”! They chattered away in their top-of-the-ark nest crowing that the juice of the “lubbly bubbly” was like “us nines on clouds”. This was the origin of the expression “being on cloud nine”.
About the Wines
Keith liked to think of his wines as being ‘social wines’. They should ‘complement conversation and food rather than being an overpowering presence’, he said – ‘They are what all wines should be, fresh and interesting, with the labelling being a focus for conversation’.