Our vision is to create a spiritual home for sake outside of Japan at the beautiful and historic Fordham Abbey estate. A place where people from all corners of the globe can come together to experience the magic of this most ancient and divine of beverages. After 7 years of hard work we are now ready to open up the estate with an excellent package of benefits only available to our members. By joining the Dojima Members Club, you become a part of the world’s most exclusive sake club.
Our Home, Fordham Abbey
Based at the stunning Fordham Abbey estate, close to both Cambridge and Newmarket, the Dojima Members Club is your pass into an experience like no other; one that blends the richness of Japanese culture with the rural charm of English country life. The beautiful 60 acre estate is the site of a former 13th Century Gilbertine priory in the village of Fordham, Cambridgeshire. As well as a state of the art sake brewery, Fordham Abbey boasts a Grade II listed Georgian manor house built in 1790, orchards and walled gardens, an organic kitchen garden and greenhouse, and a landscaped Japanese garden with a pond and islands. Adjacent to the garden we are building a shrine to the sake gods as a mark of our reverence to our craft. We have also completed a superb event hall with a covered farmers market area and even a pottery workshop with an authentic Japanese tea room. The cherry blossom trees and Japanese maples along with English perennials, flowers and fruit trees make for spectacular scenery. There is nowhere else like this anywhere in the world.
The striking sake brewery building announces itself to visitors with a huge, ornate window in the shape of the Japanese character for sake, 酒 and will include a ground floor cafe/restaurant and a first floor tasting room and bar with a balcony that looks over the whole estate. Membership of this prestigious club gives you unprecedented access to the many features of this breath-taking estate and also contributes greatly to the upkeep of this national treasure while under our stewardship.
Brewed since 2018, our world class vintage Cambridge Sake is handcrafted in small batches using premium sake rice from Japan and pure water from the estate. Brewed and fermented with passion and precision, Cambridge is rich and luxurious, perfect for ageing in for a minimum of three years or longer in our specially built cellar. It is brewed using an ancient technique where already brewed sake is used in place of some of the brewing water, a style of sake that was once the preserve of the Imperial Court in Japan. This is a rare and very special sake which will keep improving as it matures for 5, 7 or even 10 years and beyond. The Cambridge Cellar itself is magnificent and houses our vintages on two floors in a beautifully converted brick potting shed. Only our members are allowed to see inside for an annual look at their personally labelled bottle. Cambridge membership is the perfect gift for those once in a lifetime special occasions.
Cambridge Sake is priced at £1000 per bottle and comes with a 3 year membership which includes the following package of benefits:-
– Dojima Cambridge Member’s Card.
– Handwritten label with your name on it.
– Care and maturation of your bottle for three years in our Cambridge Cellar.
– Annual invitation to Fordham Abbey for an exclusive member tasting of your vintage for you and one guest.
– Special Invitation to Annual Dojima Sake Festival and Fordham Abbey Events.
– Fordham Abbey Japanese Garden Membership
– Limited access to the Georgian manor house and gardens for special occasions by negotiation.
If you are interested in becoming a Dojima Member please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01638 721695.