Buckinghamshire & The Chilterns are a home to many unique breweries, vineyards and distilleries. Whilst tasting tours are currently off the menu, you can still enjoy their delicious drinks, discover new pairings and even learn how to make cocktails online.
Malt The Brewery
Brewing since 2012, Malt The Brewery is set in Great Missenden, in the heart of the Chiltern Hills. Enjoy locally made beer which has quality natural ingredients and made using traditional brewing methods. They offer a click and collect service as well as local delivery. And for a fun treat, why not order their Brewery Tour in a Box? You'll be sent sample beers and instructions on access to an online tour with the founders so you can learn all about the brewing process as you sup.
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. The shop is open with social distancing measures in place but you can also order online for click & collect and local delivery.
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 which is temporarily closed. Order online for drive through collection or delivery within a 17 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 they're hoping to resume their tours of the vineyard and brewery in June.
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. Their shop is open Monday to Friday by appointment only but you can buy online for collection. They also run online cocktail classes - book into their next one on Feb 19th and learn how to make 3 different recipe superb martinis.
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!
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 but is currently closed for tours, although they're hoping to be able to start again this spring or summer. However, you can buy their award winning locally produced wine online and at Waitrose Cellar.
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. Whist tours are currently closed, you can order Fish and Fizz or a wine and cheese pairing, as well as their bottles of wine, and have them delivered to your door. They've also paired up with Chiltern Charcuterie and Nettlebed Creamery to bring a great cheese and charcuterie board to enjoy with a bottle of their fizz this Valentine's Day.