Vélos and vineyards – a Chilterns cycling treat

Would it surprise you to find out that there are 5 vineyards and wineries dotted across the chalk downland of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Some would even call it a veritable paradise for wine loving cyclists, all within half an hour of London. And not just any old vineyards either – they produce award winning sparkling wines, grow unusual grape varieties and one even holds the Royal Warrant!

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Situated in some of the most spectacular valleys in the Chilterns they make a fabulous summer day out for lunch and a winery tour with a glass of something special. Inevitably there will be a hill involved, no matter which way you try to get there, but the rewards are well worth the trip. We’ve got a few route ideas on our Cycle Routes page but all of them are on or near the Chilterns Cycleway.

Stanlake Park Wine Estate Twyford – website

Stanlake Park is one of the UK’s most successful wine producers. In a high yielding vintage, they will press as many as 200 tons of grapes and make more individual wines than any other winery in Britain including white, rosé and red wines, in addition to the ‘method traditionelle’ sparkling wines which are comparable to high quality Champagne. They also produce their own cider and limited edition liqueurs. There’s an excellent tour on offer taking in all aspects of the wine making process and free tastings. The onsite Cellar Shop sells the whole range of wines produced at the estate and some snacks.

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Frithsden Vineyard Shop

Frithsden Vineyard Hemel Hempstead – website

Frithsden Vineyard had been out of use for several years when Simon and Natalie Tooley discovered the site in 2005. The disused vineyard was bought in 2006. After lots of research, 6000 vines were planted on the site. The vines are unusual varieties that are specially developed to grow in our cooler climate. The wine is grown, pressed and bottled in their winery building. The grapes are picked by hand in September and October. The wine is then bottled in March or April.” The vineyard also has a lovely little Terrace Cafe for light lunches, a shop and does tours, tastings, visits, events and parties.

Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery Hambleden – website

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Old Luxters is home to ‘Chiltern Valley Wines’, its Vineyard, Winery, Old Luxters Brewery, Liqueur making facilities and cellar shop. They also hold a Royal Warrant. The first vines were planted in 1982 on the slopes of the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by beech woodland and overlooking the beautiful Hambleden Valley. The modern production, bottling and labelling facilities, cellar shop and wine vats are all housed in traditional farm buildings. As well as tastings, tours and refreshments there’s a shop selling local produce and B&B accommodation.

Pheasants Ridge Vineyard Hambleden Valley – website

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Grape harvest, Pheasants Ridge

In the heart of the Hambleden Valley between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow the vineyard is tended by Michael and Lin Gilbey and local volunteers. The vineyard is ideally situated to produce high quality grapes which then undergo a process to ensure their uniquely English fruit flavours. Despite being a small producer with just two wines, all profits go to the local church. Wine can be bought on site or at Gilbey’s Restaurant in Old Amersham.

Daws Hill Vineyard Radnage – website

Started in 2004 the vineyard initially suffered some bad luck and soil problems with weather in subsequent years also resulting in poor harvests. However, things have now picked up and the vineyard produces around 8,000-10,000 bottles per year, most of which is excellent sparkling wine and in good years a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They also produce cider using the same techniques. Full tours of the vineyard and wine making process are available including a tasting of all the different products and a light snack. And there’s a shop to pick up some bottles of your favourite.

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