Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden, Kent TN27 8DF, UK 01580 291726
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Biddenden vineyards is Kent’s oldest vineyard, established by the Barnes family in 1969.  The farm was originally an orchard, but when apple prices began to drop the family started to look for alternatives.  Whilst listening to the radio, Mrs. Barnes heard a feature discussing how English vineyards were being replanted, and suggested that they give this a try.  An initial planting of 1/3 acres was trialled, and the first Biddenden wine was bottled around 1972/3.

 

Today, the vineyard has grown in size to 23 acres, and has 11 grape varieties which produce white, red, rosé and sparkling wines.  Around half the vineyard is planted with Ortega, the variety for which the vineyard is best known.  The rest of the vines are mainly Germanic varieties such as Dornfelder, Huxelrebe and Scheurebe, as well as a number of French varieties including Gamay, as they are well suited to our climate and soil.

 

Between 50,000 – 70,000 bottles of wine are produced each year.  Harvest takes place in late September and can run through to November.  All vine work is carried out by hand, including picking and pruning.  All of Biddenden’s wines are estate grown, and also pressed, bottled and packed on site at the vineyard

 

The vineyard also produces a range of strong ciders, made using Kentish apples, which are pressed on site.  The fermentation tanks may be seen lining the yard, where the cider is stored before being bottled.  Also produced at the vineyard are Biddenden juices, again made from the juice of Kentish fruit with no added sugar.

 

The vineyard is open throughout the year, and admission and tastings are FREE.  There is the chance to take a walk around the vineyard on one of the marked trails, watch the bottling taking place in the winery and taste and buy the award winning wines, ciders and apple juice in the vineyard shop.  Group tours are available by prior appointment with the option of adding a ploughman’s lunch or cream tea. Teas and coffees are available in the shop, which also has a wide range of local produce ranging from jams and chutneys to real ales and specialist liqueurs.

 


Websitewww.biddendenvineyards.com
Building Number / NameGribble Bridge Lane
StreetBiddenden
CityKent
RegionEngland - South East
Post CodeTN27 8DF
distance:Unknown
AddressBiddenden, Kent TN27 8DF, UK
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