Our award-winning Cotswold Hills Wine is a social enterprise project from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester which taste great, looks beautiful, whilst supporting the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

About Cotswold Hills

Our 6 acre vineyard is located in Down Ampney, just outside Cirencester (Gloucestershire) and is cared for by staff and students from the Royal Agricultural University.

Students are also given the opportunity to get involved in new product development, marketing as well as sales and events, therefore enhancing their employability skills and experience. In addition, proceeds from their award-winning wines support our budding entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

About the Range

Cotswold Hills features our award winning still white Ortega 2022 which won “Best White Wine” in the WineGB West Awards in 2023. We also have our fizzy 250ml canned wine, which won “Best Alterative Wine” at the WineGB West Awards 2023, this slim line can is perfect for picnics, hampers and outings.

Their 2023 vintages include a still rose, white blend and their bestselling still Ortega. They also launched their White Sparkling 2020 in 2024.

Sustainability

Sustainability is incredibly important to us at the RAU and Cotswold Hills. We recently undertook a review of our packaging and as a result have sourced more sustainable alternatives where possible, such as pulp packaging for e-commerce, use of cans which are lighter to ship, reduce wastage and can be widely recycled, as well as looking at alternatives for our glass bottles. Last year we were the first UK vineyard to trial the use of flat recycled plastic bottles which reduce the carbon footprint of the wine by as much as 51%

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