11th January 2014
Danebury Vineyards is a privately owned estate located near Stockbridge, in the heart of Hampshire, on the paddocks of what was a famous nineteenth-century racehorse training yard. The vineyards cover seven acres (2.8ha) of sheltered, south-facing fields on chalk and flint-stone soil.
Our first vines were planted in 1988 and today we produce our flagship vintage brut sparkling wine ‘Cossack’, two varietal still white wines Madeleine Angevine and Schönburger, and the Danebury Reserve, a blend of all our grape varieties. The family has chosen to focus on limited production, following organic principles, which is reflected in the quality of the wine. Although on the fringes of the wine producing regions of the world, England’s long summer days allow for maximum ripening of the grapes, ensuring strong fruit flavours and the chalk and flint soil, characteristic of our region, lends the wine its minerality.
Danebury wines are made from grapes harvested from our single vineyard. Our experienced viticulture and wine making skills are reflected in Danebury’s exceptional fine wines, which are consistent medal winners at international wine awards and are poured in top institutions and establishments in London and Hampshire.
Meet our vineyard pheasant Sid strutting amongst the Schönburger, he doesn’t like eating grapes and keeps other hungry pheasants away !
History of Danebury
Danebury is situated in the hills of Hampshire just above Stockbridge, a delightful 18th century county town, famous for the River Test with its excellent trout fishing, and also for its historical racecourse. Stockbridge was considered amongst the finest of the provincial racecourses in Victorian times, with the patronage of the then Prince of Wales.
The adjacent Danebury stables was a prestigious racing yard run by well-known trainers and jockeys, which accommodated racehorses belonging to nobility of the day.
This thriving venue for racing enthusiasts fell into decline after the death of one of its owners and closed in 1898. The training of horses however continued at Danebury until the mid 1900’s, when it became a private estate.
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