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Dates for 2024 will be appearing in Jan, the distillery is a little cold at the minute!

Tour:

Visit the distillery and discover the history of Downton Distillery, the heritage of the surrounding area and how this has influenced our award-winning premium spirits. The distillery is located on the Domaine Hugo Vineyard which overlooks the Wiltshire Downs and Avon Valley.

The tours are designed to inform, entertain, and may require your active participation. Tours will take groups of 10 – 12 people only, which ensures everyone enjoys their time and gets the best experience possible. For private tours please contact info@downtondistillery.com.

The events are run by Hugh Anderson, the founder and head distiller of Downton Distillery.

  • Learn about the history of Downton and what makes us unique.
  • Learn how we make Explorer’s Gin.
  • Tour the vineyard and see where we are re-wilding Juniper.
  • Sample Explorer’s Gin and then enjoy a complimentary Gin and Tonic.

Duration: 1.5hrs (check event calendar for timings).

Location:  Botley Farm, Wick Lane, Downton, SP5 3NW

Drive up Wick Lane for 1.5 miles and enjoy the views of the Downs towards Salisbury. Follow the track to the left and you will arrive at Botley Farm. The Distillery is just on the right with two Western Red Cedars growing outside it.

There is access for those with Wheelchairs.

Please note:

  • Bring valid ID with you as we operate a challenge 25 policy.
  • Copy of your receipt for the tour (proof on the phone is fine)
  • You will be required to walk around the grounds, so sensible footwear should be worn.

  • As the distillery has no heating, please bring warm clothing during the winter months.

Where to eat post event:

Both the Goat and Wooden Spoon serve great food and drinks.

Need a Taxi?

JCS Taxis - 07786 036525 based in Downton & Nomansland

Have a Tour Gift Card?

Your gift card, will have a code which you can use when you go to checkout.

Customer Reviews

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Frank Stuttard (Southampton, GB)
Short tour

My wife and I were the only ones on the tour, which meant it was like a private tour with Hugh. You couldn’t get a more passionate, keen, knowledgeable guide, he made us extremely comfortable and kept us entertained.

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Nicola Hulse (London, GB)
Excellent afternoon at Downton Distillery

I booked the long tour for a group of four friends. We were so impressed with Hugh’s knowledge of gin and the whole process from start to finish. He is very passionate about his product and it is clear a lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into it. We throughly enjoyed our tour, which was obviously helped by the weather and the delicious cocktails at the end! Thank you for a lovely day Hugh.

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David Brooks (Bromley, GB)
Distillery tour - Short

Fantastic experience with the very knowledgable Hugh. He was open to any questions and just good fun. Highly recommend a visit and trying some of his produce

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Allan Cruse Cruse (London, GB)
Long Tour

We had a fantastic tour. Hugh was great, made us feel very welcome and we very much enjoyed the tour and getting hands on with part of the process. It was clear that this is a passion for Hugh. We have done lots of different tours but this was on a different level. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone.

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Peter Burke (Amesbury, GB)
A must do!

A visit to Downton Distillery may be advertised to you as an activity; it isn’t – it is an experience. As soon as you arrive Hugh is busy putting you at your ease, talking about his life and love of nature. He gently explores your background identifying common areas of interest. He is a quiet master at gaining your trust. The tour started outside with a talk about Juniper. Most of us know next to nothing about Juniper, even if you drink gin. Hugh is an aficionado and guides you through a number of different varieties that he is growing on site. He waxes lyrical about his plans to expand his juniper planting and even taking over the next field to grow even more of it.
A short walk from the distillery you discover a well-kept secret, a large vineyard sited on a south facing slope taking full advantage. Hugh has plans for additional concoctions to add to his gin stable, and joining forces with the vineyard is a key part of that plan. Waste products from both businesses go to help the other thrive. It is a beautiful symbiosis.
Back in the distillery proper we now meet Hugh’s distillation collection. He has literally dozens upon dozens of bottles each containing the distilled essence of a single botanical – mushroom, beetroot, celery, walnut etc. Hugh must have wracked his brain to identify every conceivable contender for a gin botanical and then laboriously distilled it. From this he can be begin to build a recipe for a new drink, knowing exactly how it emerges from the distillation.
We were meant to be there 90 minutes, at 150 minutes we had to call a halt – we could easily have gone on for another hour or two, and Hugh looked all set to accommodate that. His boundless enthusiasm made this an enormously fulfilling and entertaining morning.

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