DOWNTON VINEYARD

The story so far .....

Hugo Stewart
I have always had a fascination about the whole wine making process, so in 2003 I set up a wine domaine, Les Clos Perdus, in the Languedoc with Paul Old. I learnt a great deal from Paul and it was his hunger to produce exceptional wines and never to compromise, that I have taken with me in establishing myself as a wine grower at Botleys Farm, land that I have farmed for years.

In 2016 we planted a hectare of classic Champagne verities; Chardonnay, Pinots Noir, Meunier and Gris, on south facing chalk downland. We had a small crop in 2018 after a most magnificent summer, and a larger crop in 2019, despite a damp autumn. The 2018 is in bottle and has already got great depth and is well integrated; this will be released in 2021; the 2019 is in barrel and looking good.

The vineyard is worked organically and biodynamically, ensuring that we have a healthy vibrant living soil. The wines are made with the least intervention in order to give the wines authenticity and a sense of place. We use the natural wild yeast on the berries for the fermentation, with minimal or no added sulphur.

We are currently building a winery and planting another hectare of wines, mainly Pinot Meunier and some Pinot Gris.

The winery, which will have organic and biodynamic certification, will be in the hands of Daniel Ham, formerly of Langham Wines. Daniel will also provide a contract wine making service as well as making his own wine.

Hugo Stewart
Botleys Farm | Downton | Salisbury SP5 3NW
Email: hugo@botleysfarm.co.uk