Home of Kent’s original vineyard, rooted in generations of hands-on expertise. Biddenden has been owned & managed by the pioneering Barnes family since 1969.
The vineyard has remained family owned and is today run by the second & third generation, drawing on many years of experience in winemaking at Biddenden. Eleven varieties of grapes are grown across 23 acres, including both Germanic and French varieties, producing award-winning white, red, rosé and sparkling wines.
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 our 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 our array of award-winning White, Rosé, Red and Sparkling English wines.
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Approximately 80,000 bottles of wine are produced each year under the Biddenden & Gribble Bridge ranges. All the grapes are estate grown, with all vine work & picking carried out by hand to ensure that the very best quality grapes are selected to produce Biddenden’s wines. Pressing, fermentation and bottling is also carried out on site, and the majority of wines are sold directly from the cellar door. The vineyard shop offers a wide range of local & artisan food & drink alongside Biddenden’s award-winning sparkling & still wines to take home.
KENT'S ORIGINAL VINEYARD
LOCAL & ARTISAN FOOD & DRINK
ESTATE GROWN & BOTTLED WINES
ROOTED IN GENERATIONS OF HANDS ON EXPERTISE
our wine garden tour
Join us at Biddenden, Kent's original vineyard where we have 3 generations of expertise spanning over 50 years, to learn more about the story of our family run vineyard and taste our award-winning selection of English wines.
Our private guided tours are for small groups of up to 8 people, offering you an in depth insight into Biddenden Vineyards’ history and winemaking. Your own personal guide will escort you around the vineyard and winery explaining the processes and any specific areas of interest you may have.
Your guide will then accompany you through a tasting of four selected Biddenden wines.
Please consider the British weather conditions when you visit and bring suitable footwear, like wellies, that can be changed into for walking around the vineyard.
Our wines are produced only with grapes grown here on the estate. We take great pride in in our grape to glass philosophy, with an expert knowledge from the vineyard through to the winery. The skills, expertise and passion that go into crafting our white, rosé, red and sparkling wines have been developed and perfected over 50 years, with each generation of the Barnes family adding their own unique touch.
meet the wine makers
SALLY & JULIAN BARNES
How did you get started out in the industry?
My parents bought the small apple farm in 1958 but as food was becoming more global, smaller farms and businesses in agriculture like ours were beginning to struggle as to where they would sell their produce. In 1969, my mother was listening to BBC Woman’s Hour and heard about growing vines in Hampshire. They decided to have a go and planted a third of an acre and that’s where it all began. We went on to plant our Ortega vines in 1972 and now have vines that have been in the ground for 46 years. Having grown up on the farm, I started working within the business at 15, just a few years after these vines had been planted and the first Biddenden wines were being made.
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