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A Taste of Chilterns’ Terroir

The Romans were the first to grow vines on the thin chalky soils of the Chiltern slopes. Vineyards and breweries still thrive here, producing a range of award-winning wines, liqueurs and ales. Enjoying what’s home-grown in local pubs, restaurants or on a tasting tour is becoming more popular.

Here are our sparkling favourites, all have tours and tastings and on-site shops. Press release 

Chilterns Food & Drink 

Good taste comes naturally in the Chilterns, where local produce is enjoyed fresh from the farm to your plate, picnic hamper or glass. There's temptation over every hill!

This March, during the new Chilterns Festival of Food & Drink, you are invited to sample some of the delicious local fare that is produced with love, skill and an attention to detail that reflects what is of the Chilterns; quality, distinctiveness and great taste.

Download the Chilterns Food & Drink Festival press release

Explore the Chilterns this winter

Choose the Chilterns for activity and exploration, peace and quiet, entertainment or indulgence: this lovely countryside on London’s doorstep has all you need for a really day out.

Download our Top 10 Chilterns’ days out press release

Investigate Midsomer Murders in the Chilterns.

A new digital guide has been produced to help visitors explore the Chilterns Top 10 most popular Midsomer Murders locations 

Download the Explore Midsomer Chilterns by foot, bike and boat press release 

Families Choose the Chilterns

Families choose the Chilterns for activity and exploration, entertainment and education: located just 25 miles to the north west of London, historic market towns, tucked-away villages, manor houses, pubs, historic landscapes, chalk-fed streams and ancient woods all hint at exploring, tree-climbing, dressing-up, adventure-filled family days. Here are out Top 10 family experiences.

A Taste of the Chilterns!

The Chilterns AONB is a living, working area of beautiful countryside whose character has been shaped by agriculture, industry and the people who have lived and worked here over the centuries. Once the larder of London, the historic market towns, tucked-away villages, pubs, farmland, chalk-fed streams and ancient woods all hint at the growing, trading and of course, enjoyment of good local food and drink.

Yet what is truly ‘of the Chilterns’ isn’t immediately obvious; traditional stoneground flour ground in restored watermills, local winemakers who are bringing Chilterns terroir into the glass...a Chilterns larder wouldn’t be complete without artisanal products that go straight from field to bottle or jar - like the farm-pressed apple juice from the Chiltern Ridge near Chesham where you can bring in apples to be pressed into your own-brand juice.

April 2016: Download our Top 10 Chilterns-inspired experiences for foodies this Spring: Press Release 

February 2016: Download our local Chilterns 'food heroes to celebrate' press release

Celebrate a Traditional Chilterns Christmas

Winter is the perfect time to see the rolling Chilterns’ fields glisten with crunchy frost and mist drifting through the trees. Christmas in the Chilterns evokes images of mulled wine and minced pies in a snug countryside pub after a hearty walk, exploring Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, shopping for special gifts at a Christmas market, Christmas panto and buying a tree from Christmas Common. 

Upload the Christmas press release 

The Hambleden Valley is the latest destination to be added to our website, featuring the many attractions, walking routes, pubs, visitor accommodation and sights in this beautiful Chilterns valley. 

The Hambleden Valley is England at its best - idyllic villages, beautiful countryside, quaint pubs and other visitor attractions just 5 miles from Henley, Marlow and High Wycombe. The valley and its surrounding hills are in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  They are a haven for wildlife and flora, surrounded by beech woodlands and rolling chalk grassland, carpeted in flowers in the spring and summer. There are lots of waymarked walking routes, a choice of country pubs, a variety of places to stay and even a vineyard tour to sample local wines and beers. There are many picturesque villages many of which have featured in films and TV, including Midsomer Murders.

Explore the Hambleden Valley press release

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Please feel free to use the Chilterns Press Gallery to download photos and promote Chilterns tourism. All these images are available in high resolution format and can be emailed to you on request. Please contact cforrest@chilternsaonb.org if you would like high resolution versions or are looking for other Chilterns images. Please credit the photos if indicated.

Press kit

This press kit has been designed with the journalist and travel writer in mind, and has been divided into themes, recommendations and seasonal suggestions as we are all about a sustainable approach to supporting and using local suppliers and resources in a responsible way. And making it easy for you too! Please check out http://pinterest.com/visitchilterns/ for YouTube clips, a location map, photos and interesting Chilterns snippets we are picking up along the way.

We welcome travel writers, journalists and bloggers, and if you have a commission, or need ideas and story angles, please contact Mary Tebje at mary@visitchilterns.co.uk for further information.

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