Tours and tastings
Visit award-winning vineyards and breweries, go wine-tasting or learn about local ales – there’s much to savour in the Chilterns AONB.
A mild climate, and an abundance of sunny slopes and chalky soils, makes the Chiltern Hills the prefect spot for drink production. As such, this rolling landscape is home to many breweries, vineyards and distilleries – some set in beautiful countryside, while others hugging the edges of quaint market towns. There’s certainly something for every taste, every visit, and every mode of getting there.
Although Covid-19 restrictions mean that some tasting tours are currently off the menu, you can still enjoy delicious drinks from these providers both online and at stores. Some websites even offer free cocktail recipes!
Either way, information is available below to help you get the best out of the Chilterns’ drink industries, or visit our interactive map to browse more of what the AONB has to offer.
If you’re partial to a pint, animated by ale or selective with your stout, the Chilterns is the place to be. Here, beers are brewed with passion and skill by real-ale enthusiasts rooted in their local communities. The area boasts many breweries of different sizes, offering a wonderful array of beers, some named after special places or historic figures. Here is a small selection to get your thirst going.
Chiltern Brewery – This is the oldest independent brewery in the Chilterns. Award-winning labels include John Hampden’s Ale, brewed in memory of ‘The Patriot’ of the Civil War who lived nearby, and Bodgers Barley Wine, a tribute to the craftsmen who worked in the beech woods of Buckinghamshire making furniture. Buy online, visit the Brewery Shop or enjoy the Brewery’s drinks at the award-winning pub: The King’s Head in Aylesbury.Read more
Malt The Brewery
This micro-brewery is based on a farm in Prestwood, in the heart of the Chilterns. The brewing-hall was once used as a milk-bottling plant for the surrounding dairy farm, which is now a mixed organic farm. There’s a brewery Shop and Tasting Bar that is open most days; so, if you fancy sampling the beers, just pop in. The Brewery is less than two miles from Great Missenden railway station.Read more
A local, independent and award-winning brewer, steeped in Tring’s history and proudly offering the biggest selection of locally brewed cask, keg and bottled beer in Hertfordshire. Both CAMRA and SIBA acclaimed, it is a small business with a passionate team. Tours of the brewery offer a fun and informative insight into beer and brewing.Read more
If liquor is more to your taste than beer, then the Chilterns AONB won’t disappoint. Distilleries offering the finest gins and spirits can be found here, with options to shop easily from the comfort of your living room, or to enjoy tastings and tours onsite.
Premium spirits are produced in a small, family run distillery in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Cross Stream was born out of a passion to create drinks using traditional methods. Shop online and look out for their enticing gin cocktail recipes. The distillery is open by appointment.
Griffiths Brothers Distillery
As the name suggests, this local distillery is run by two brothers who have a mutual love for gin. Based in the small Buckinghamshire village of Penn Street, not far from Amersham, this distillery uses cold distillation. During this process, each botanical is individually macerated to draw out its essential oils. Cold distillation is more complex, but the results speak for themselves! Buy in the shop or online, or join a tour to find out more.Read more
Hertfordshire’s first gin distillery, Puddingstone is the home of the award-winning Campfire Gin. Just 5 minutes’ drive from Tring, this very popular range can be tasted at the distillery shop, which is open Fridays and Saturdays. Tours and other events, such as cocktail making and dining at the distillery, are run throughout the year.Read more
A taste of the good life is waiting for you at one the Chiltern AONB’s many vineyards. The UK’s wine business is booming, a surge mainly driven by improving sparkling wines. Today, many different wines are produced, particularly in south-east England, where underlying chalk and shining sunny days offer the perfect growing conditions for the vines.
This typical Chilterns vineyard produces white, rosé, red and sparkling wines, which frequently win medals. The vineyard and winery is open for sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm. Sales at other times are available from the vineyard house or online. You can also find out more by booking a tour or wine tasting event.Read more
On a south-facing hillside in the tranquil Radnage Valley, Daws Hill produces around 10,000 bottles a year, mostly of sparkling white wine, but also Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Established in 2004, the vineyard now has around 5,000 vines and extends over three acres; tours are available. The Radnage Valley is also one of the best places in the Chilterns to see red kites – they’re likely to be soaring overhead as you wander through the vines!Read more
Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery
With vineyards, Luxters Brewery, liqueur-making facilities and a cellar shop, this is a one-stop shop for local produce. Buy online or pop up along to browse, enjoy tours and tastings, and even stay in the farmhouse B&B.Read more
Harrow and Hope
This vineyard, situated above the Thames near Marlow, was established by Henry and Kaye Laithwaite of the well-known wine-retailing family. They are making the most of their chalky, flinty soil to produce sparkling wines using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Purchase online or book a tour to see (and taste!) the winery in action.Read more