Biddenden Vineyardsis Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, having been established by the Barnes family in 1969 to produce wines and ciders. The vineyards are set in 23 acres close to the lovely village of Biddenden, growing eleven varieties of grape and producing a fantastic range of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines. Traditional Kentish ciders have also been made at Biddenden for over 30 years, together with farm pressed apple and pear juices.
Set on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley, Biddenden has the ideal conditions for vines. Predominantly German varieties are grown including Ortega, Huxelrebe, Bacchus, Schonburger and Reichensteiner. Together with Pinot Noir, Gamay and Dornfelder, the vineyards are able to produce a number of blends and single varietal wines.
At Macknade Fine Foods we are keen to champion wines from English vineyards, and strongly believe that some of England’s sparkling wines could easily rival those produced in the Champagne region. We also love Biddenden’s range of ciders, which are extremely popular with our customers. Just watch out… because some of them are exceptionally strong!