Refills can be purchased at Downton Brewery, Dark Revolution Brewery (Old Sarum Airfield), Healthy Living (Devizes) & Regent Tailoring in Salisbury.


Lies Downton Distillery overlooking the village Downton once home to the Bishops of Winchester & Sir Walter Raleigh.

Now home to Wiltshire's premium spirits.

Small Seperator, Downton Distillery, Wiltshire


‘Life is about the journey, not the destination’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is something that we embrace as did our fore bearers. Life is an adventure, where you are continually learning and moving forward.  We took a leap of faith into the unknown, a world filled with colour, flavour, and beauty. There were no boundaries and through journeying the currents we have discovered new shores. Our adventure has seen obstacles overcome, dead ends navigated, and new doors opened. Our lives have been enriched by a wonderful vibrant community who have welcomed us with open arms. Downton Distillery has been able to become more than the concept it once was, drawn up on a piece of paper. As with all ventures, trust your gut instinct when a situation may not seem right, walk away when needed, it is all part of the journey. Learn, laugh, grow and work to live, for your adventure has only just begun."

Hugh Anderson

Small Seperator, Downton Distillery, Wiltshire


The distillery was founded in one of the former homes (Parsonage Manor) of Sir Walter Raleigh, in an old carriage shed, where many a cold day was spent working our original still the 'Ark Royal'. In 2021 we relocated to the north side of Downton onto Wick Down, which is part of the Wiltshire Downs and Cranborne Chase. It is an area of outstanding beauty rich with Neolithic and Early Bronze Age sites, with Clearbury Ring within walking distance. 


Our new home is located on the vineyards of Domaine Hugo and Offbeat Wines, two biodynamic & organic award winning wine producers.


At the distillery we are in the process of rewilding Juniper back onto the downs, whilst growing our own botanicals in the distillery garden which offers the most beautiful views across the vista. The garden is both important educational tool, provides us our herbs and supports an abundance of wildlife. The salvias and bergamots host a kaleidoscope of butterflies and an eclipse of hawk moths during the summer before they migrate back to warmer climates in the Autumn.


We have an active sustainability programme, where you can purchase refill packs for your spirits before sending them back to us free of charge. Or you can refill your empty bottles at one of our refill points. These are located at Downton Brewery, Dark Revolution, Regent Tailoring, Kings Gate Store (Winchester) and Healthy Life (Devizes).


Our spirits are award winning and we are passionate in what we do. Tour dates, master classes and events can be found in our calendar. Contract distilling is also available.

This is business is owned and run by veterans.


Walking the Vineyard. Domaine Hugo. Downton Distillery
Garden, Downton Distillery, Bench
Chalk Downs, Wiltshire Downs ,Downton Distillery
Botanical Garden, Lavendar, Twilight, downton distillery
Domiane hugo, Chardonnay Grape, Downton Distillery, Wiltshire
Lemon Verbenna in the herbal garde, downton distillery
Small Seperator, Downton Distillery, Wiltshire



'People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress'

Dale E. Turner

We uphold the traditions of past distillers using copper alembic stills, we believe in being bold with flavours, creating something unique and characterful. There are no shortcuts, and everything is done by our own hands.

It is a labour-intensive process but leads to distinguished products of quality. Each batch we produce contains only 100 bottles, with Explorer's Gin being hand signed.

Our 175L still is called 'Abeona'. In Roman mythology, Abeona is known as the Goddess of 'Outward Journeys'. Not only does she protect travelers, but she also watches over the travels of young children leaving home.

Explorer's is our main gin, created to celebrate the voyage of Sir Walter Raleigh to the New World in 1584 whilst living in Downton. Our Chardonnay Vodka uses the pressed grapes from Domaine Hugo and our new Noccino (Walnut and Maple liqueur) uses walnuts growing behind the distillery.

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ABV Snap Testing Gin

Checking % ABV 

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Botanical Grinder

Charging the still with Botanical Bag

Charging the still & botanical bag

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Preparing the Still

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“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

Peter Druckerr

Small Seperator, Downton Distillery, Wiltshire


2023 London Drizzle

2022 American Mustard

2022 Asian Parsnip Naval

2021 Asian Parsnip

Small Seperator, Downton Distillery, Wiltshire


2023 London Drizzle

2022 American Mustard

2021 Asian Parsnip

Small Seperator, Downton Distillery, Wiltshire
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