Tipple n tour: The drink trail of the summer
Love an artisan tipple? Then you'll want to go on this new, bespoke, bud-to-bottle, 17-stop trail that will take you to some of the region's finest artisan drink producers. Here's how to do it.
Fancy being whisked off to the coolest artisan drink producers in the region? We thought so. Sip Drink Tour Herefordshire is a brand new, unique and beautifully curated route which takes you to 17 of the county’s finest drink producers (including a stop in Worcs!).
Want to know more? Read on …
So what is the Sip Drink Tour exactly?
A brilliant 17-stop trail, accompanied by a 20-page route booklet, curated by Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire. We’re talking the county’s finest drink producers, distilleries and vineyards along with fascinating pit-stops such as the Museum of Cider, Two Farmers Crisps (the UK’s first 100% plastic free crisp brand) to pubs such as the Crown Inn, which proudly serves its very own craft ‘Kings’ cider.
I’m very tempted … so what happens on the tour?
You’ll discover how producers take simple ingredients, often grown on their own farms tucked away in the beautiful countryside, and turn them into expertly crafted products.
Meet the makers, explore vineyards, orchards and distilleries via guided tours, take part in delicious tasting sessions, try your hand at making your own produce and buy handcrafted goodies to take home from the gift shops.
But I’m not so hot with map-reading …
A-ha, we have you covered – Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire is one step head, and has developed a handy quick-reference downloadable guide and map to help you plot your own trail, you can find it here.
How long does the tour take?
It’s completely bespoke, so you can dip in and out as you wish. Cherry pick a couple of your favourite places and just do those, or line them all up and see them over the course of a week (fuelled by all that delicious produce).
OK, I’m in … what stop-offs does the tour include?
There are so many to mention (well 17 infact), check out the nifty map below to see what’s in store, but amongst the fascinating stop-offs are:
Penrhos Spirits in Lyonshall – if you love gin make a beeline for this family-run business which makes and selling award-winning craft gin.
Love cider? Get the full bud-to-bottle tour at Colcombe House Cider. This small batched cider is made on the family estate, hand-crafted cider and nurtured in eight glorious orchards surrounding Colcombe House.
Then, head to the Orgasmic Cider Company – erm, need we say any more?! A family-run farm with over 100 acres of lush orchards to explore.
The British Cassis Tour is a fascinating visit – walk through blackcurrant fields and even bottle your own Cassis to take home at this estate set in the rolling fields of Herefordshire with 150 acres of blackcurrants. Hear how founder and farmer Jo Hilditch manages a vibrant fruit farm and drinks business and how she battled Dragons on the road to success!
A fan of vino? Wythall Estate Vineyard is a must-visit, producing delicious English wines to try, from Pinot Noir to Sparkling Rosé, with the prettiest of backdrops of the C16th Wythall Manor.
And, over on the Worcs border, visit Frome Valley Vineyard, which produces award-winning sparkling and still wines and vineyard tours wine tasting.
For the full list see the map below.
Heidi Chamberlain-Jones from Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire and creator of the new trail, says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have curated a brand-new artisan producer tour for Herefordshire.
“The county is already well known for apple growing and cider making but there is also a vibrant community of craft distillers, brewers and new and emerging tours and experiences. We urge everyone to take the trail and experience something a little different in Herefordshire this summer.”