Frithsden Vineyard, near Berkhamsted, grows unusual varieties of vines that are specially developed to grow in our cooler climate. All the grapes are grown in the vineyard — then pressed and bottled in the onsite winery. Simon and Natalie Tooley have owned the vineyard since 2006, and have developed it from an unused site into a thriving vineyard and a fantastic venue for wine and events.
The grapes are picked by hand, with help from local people, in September and October — and the wine is then bottled in March or April.
The vineyard is mainly planted with Solaris vines — an early-ripening crossing of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat Ottonel, Zayara Severa and Seyval Blanc. Rondo is the red grape variety grown at Frithden, and is used to produce rosé. The Phoenix vines ripen later in the year and produce a light, Sauvigon-style wine.
The vineyard shop offers a choice of Frithsden wine, as well as other gifts and treats. There is also a chance to relax in the café/ tasting bar — enjoying delicious homemade food — or take a tour of the vineyard.
There are also fabulous foodie evenings — pairing Frithsden wines with themed dinners — as well as open days, and the chance to plan your own bespoke event at the vineyard.