Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyards, Kent’s original commercial vineyard, prides itself on being a family run vineyard with the second and third generation of the Barnes family managing the estate.

Visitors are welcome to stroll through the 24 acres of vines. The vineyard shop is open daily for tastings and offers a wide variety of local products, with teas/coffees also available.

Free admission and tastings daily and free tours run every Saturday all year as well as Wednesdays from June to September for individuals, families and small groups of friends. More in-depth Private guided tours and large group tours are available by prior arrangement.

Originally home to a 40 acre apple orchard, the Barnes family started to consider diversifying the farm in the late 1960s. After listing to a radio feature on 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 here to produce its array of award winning White, Rosé, Red and Sparkling English wines.

Julian and his eldest son Tom now look after all of the vineyard management and winemaking at Biddenden. The knowledge which the family has built up through experience over the years can be seen in the quality and consistency of the wines produced year on year.

Biddenden also produces an array of award-winner ciders and juices. Crafted using the Barnes’ family recipe, which has been perfected over the last 40 years, all Biddenden’s ciders are made from the juice of carefully selected culinary and dessert apples. This gives its cider a more wine like style than those found in the West Country produced from bittersweet apples. Biddenden’s much loved, classic, farm-pressed apple and pear juices are naturally full of sweetness and with no added sugar. Working closely with local farmers Biddenden ensures all its apples and pears are sourced right from the Garden of England.

Opening Times

Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun and Bank Hols: 11am – 5pm.

Closed Sunday in Jan and Feb and from noon 24th Dec – 1st Jan.

Member: Gold member

ATAK Trade Pass Accepted