Buckinghamshire & The Chilterns are a home to many unique breweries, vineyards and distilleries. Take a tasting tour, buy their delicious drinks, discover new pairings and support your local producers.
The Chiltern Brewery
The Chiltern Brewery was founded in 1980 by the mother and father of brothers and now directors, George and Tom Jenkinson. Located in the heart of the Chiltern Hills you can purchase their locally brewed draught beers, as well as local wine, ciders and delicious food products. Their Christmas shop is open but you can also order online for click & collect and local delivery. Why not try their Barely There 1.8% alcohol properly brewed beer with all the taste and less than half the alcohol?
Rebellion Beer Brewery
Rebellion Beer was started by friends Tim Coombes and Mark Gloyens who had always discussed setting up a business together. In 1999 the brewery moved premises to its now home Bencombe Farm, where they brew all their beer and have an on-site shop but you can also order online for drive-through collection or have your drinks delivered for free within a 20 mile radius.
The Chiltern Valley Brewery and Vineyard
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty since 1982 when their first vines were planted, The Chiltern Valley Brewery and Vineyard still stands. They have produced an increasing range of award winning English wines and it's also the home to their brewery which produces traditional farm-brewed real ales. Their shop is open or you can buy online, plus you can book tours of the vineyard and brewery, stay in their B&B and get married! Tour dates for April 2024 are online from November 24th.
Distilleries and Vineyards
If you are someone who prefers spirits over wine and beer, Puddingstone Distillery is the home of award winning gin. Their famous Campfire Gin is made on site with all bottling and labelling done by hand. They have an on-site shop but you can buy online for delivery direct to your door. Their Christmas shop is open and you can attend a special cocktail masterclass on December 16th and learn how to use their Pud Pud Cherry Gin to make Christmas cocktails.
Griffiths Brothers Gin Distillery
As the name states, this local distillery is run by two brothers who have a mutual love for gin. Family run Griffiths Brothers is based in the Buckinghamshire village of Penn Street, deep in the Chiltern Hills. Having experimented with different distilling techniques, the brothers were drawn to the idea of 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. You’ll find the difference quite surprising! Tours and other events can be arranged.
Made in Long Crendon, this beautifully smooth handcrafted botanical rum is a dream when served on the rocks, perfection with your favourite mixer and a triumph in cocktails. Made in small batches, you can order your Rockfall Rum online and spice up your evening.
The Chafor Wine Estate
This boutique family run wine estate can be found in Gawcott, rural Buckinghamshire. Chafor is a popular visitor attraction, open from May till September with tastings, food and other events. However, you can buy their award winning locally produced wine online and at Waitrose Cellar. Their onsite shop will also be open for the first 3 Saturdays and Sundays in December so you can stock up for Christmas.
Daws Hill Vineyard
Daws Hill Vineyard produces delicious sparkling wine in the lush grounds in The Chilterns, growing and producing everything onsite; from hand pruning and tending to each individual vine throughout the summer, to hand picking the grapes; to small batch fermenting and bottling to hand labelling. You can buy online or in person when they are hosting tours and events, usually in the spring and summer. Their events are diverse, from outdoor theatre to willow weaving and are a great opportunity to taste the wines.