Due to a private event, if you are visiting Waddesdon between 17-24 Aug, there will be some disruption in the gardens on the North & South Fronts, Parterre & Aviary. Ticket holders will be contacted directly.

Chateaue Clarke estate buildings with sculpture in the foreground

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Château Clarke

Dating back to the 12th century, the origins of Château Clarke began when Cistercian monks planted the first vines and in 1818 the knight, Tobie Clarke purchased the land, named after him to this day.

After passing through several hands, Baron Edmond de Rothschild bought the property in 1973. Baron Edmond restored the property and redesigned the vineyard resulting in a wine-producing area of 54 hectares and modernising the winemaking process throughout. Today, the vines are planted on clay-limestone hilltops that enable the Merlot vines to express their character.

Ever since the first wine was bottled in 1978 the quality of Château Clarke wine has steadily improved which is a testament to the stringent controls on the method of cultivation and wine production.

Since 2001, all the handpicked and meticulously sorted grapes are transferred into a wooden vat using gravity for the vatting process. The wine is then placed in new barrels where it is left to mature for between 14 and 18 months. This process means that the wine produced at Château Clarke is a true reflection of the land that made it: concentrated and distinguished, it allies power with aromatic complexity, and has great potential for ageing.

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