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The Vineyard

The vineyard is located in Down Ampney close to Cirencester. It was planted in 2010 in a six acre, south-facing field. The 40 rows of vines are planted mainly with Ortega grapes with two rows each of Bacchus, Chardonnay and Seyval. The varieties are blended together to make a still dry white wine.

Grape Harvest

Our Wine

A warm, dry summer and fine autumn resulted in good ripeness and perfect harvest conditions.

The grapes (86% Ortega, 10% Bacchus, 4% Chardonnay) were transported to winemaker Steve Brooksbank in Shepton Mallet who is an alumnus of the Royal Agricultural University.

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Grapes for Wine Student Harvesting the Grapes

Enterprise

Our award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme provides an inspiring and supportive environment in which our students can share, develop and launch their ideas. Guided by lawyers, insurers, marketing professionals and accountants, students from all courses and years have the chance to realise their aspirations in a professional and rewarding environment.

Cotswold Hills Team White Wine and Cheese

THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

The RAU became just the sixth university to be made a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE), awarded for leading-edge enterprise practice and for making the development of students’ entrepreneurial skills a priority. Students have developed a range of businesses including a farm safety app, pre-organic solutions for the food sector, a tourism company, and fashionable eye-wear.

Awards

WDP Food & Farming Finalist 2019
Cotswold Life Food & Drink 2019 Finalist
International Wine & Spirit Competition - Bronze
London Wine Competition 2019 - Bronze
Rural Business Award 2018/9 Finalist
SoGlos Food/Drink Producer of the year finalist 2019
Taste of the west 2019 - Silver