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Biddenden Vineyards – Harvest Report 2018

Harvest is complete at Biddenden Vineyards, with all eleven varieties picked, pressed and now in tank.  It has been a bumper harvest, with both the quality and quantity of grapes being exceptional, largely due to the perfect growing conditions seen from the start of the growing year right through to the end of October.

Julian Barnes, Managing Director, commented “It has been the perfect year for growing grapes and this comes at an exciting time for the English wine industry, especially here in Kent which is fast becoming recognised as the Wine Garden of England, with Biddenden right at the heart.”

Biddenden is Kent’s original commercial vineyard, run by the second & third generation of the Barnes family.  All of the wines are made exclusively using grapes from the estate which are hand picked before being pressed & bottled on site.

“The wines are developing well in tank.” adds Julian, “Next year is an exciting year for us as it will be our 50th year, and we are hopeful that we will be able to celebrate with some very special wines on the back of this year’s harvest.”

The wines will now be allowed to develop in tank, overseen by Julian and sons Tom & Will, with bottling taking place early next year and the first of the still wines likely to be released in time for the summer.

Visitors are welcome at the vineyard daily, with tastings of Biddenden’s award-winning wines, ciders & juices available in the vineyard shop.  More information may be found at