DOWNTON VINEYARD

The story so far .....

Hugo Stewart
I spent the first dozen years of this century setting up a winery with Paul Old, friend and wine maker. We established Les Clos Perdus in the western Languedoc, tending the old vines organically and biodynamically, creating a market for the wines from California to Tokyo.

In 2015 I decided to come back to my roots on the Wiltshire/ Hampshire border and in 2016 planted 4500 vines on south facing chalk downland.

Our intention is to make sparkling wine from the classic champagne varieties, with the least intervention in order to give the wine authenticity and a sense of place. I owe Paul a debt of gratitude for all that I learnt; his inspiration is behind this embryonic venture. It hardly needs saying but we shall be following the same principles that we established in France. We don’t anticipate releasing any wine until at least 2020.

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