- Café / Restaurant
- Children Welcome
- Disabled Access
- Dogs Welcome
- Online Shop
- Tours Available
- Vineyard Trail
- Winery on Site
- Open all year
Open all year round, but closed on Sundays in January & February.
- Booking required
- Vineyard Trail
- Vineyard Shop
- Help with Harvest
Postcode: TN27 8DF
Tel: 01580 291726
Biddenden Vineyards is Kent’s original commercial vineyard; a family run vineyard with the second and third generation of the Barnes family managing the estate.
Originally home to a 40 acre apple orchard, the Barnes family started to consider diversifying the farm in the late 1960s as apple prices began to decline. After listening to a feature on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour programme about English vineyards being replanted, Mrs. Barnes was inspired to turn to viticulture.
In 1969, one third of an acre of vines was planted and Biddenden Vineyards was born.Today the single estate vineyard spans 23 acres of gentle south facing slopes situated in a sheltered valley, just outside the picturesque Wealden village of Biddenden. 11 different grape varieties are grown to produce an array of White, Rosé, Red and Sparkling English wines.
Julian and his eldest son Tom look after all of the vineyard management and winemaking at Biddenden.
From the first Biddenden wine, which was bottled around 1972-3, production has now grown to around 80,000 bottles per year. All vine work on the estate is still carried out by hand, including pruning, canopy management and picking, with harvest running from mid to late September right through to November.
Why not visit this vineyard without worrying about who does the driving?
English Wine Tasting Tours run regular tours to this vineyard from May through to November.
Tours run directly from Central London (pick-up point near London Bridge), and include transport, tour and tasting at two vineyards and a pub lunch. So you can enjoy your day without worrying about driving as well as bringing home some delicious reminders of your day.
Private tours are also available for both large and small groups. Collection available from London and across the South East. To find out more contact info@EnglishWineTastingTours.co.uk or call 01424 777111.