Our wines are produced only with grapes grown here on the estate and we take great pride in the knowledge that our winemakers are both expert vineyard managers, giving a true meaning to our grape to glass philosophy.
The skills, expertise and passion that go into crafting our white, rosé, red and sparkling wines has been developed and perfected over 45 years, with each generation of the Barnes family adding their own unique flair.
Here at Biddenden 11 different grape varieties are planted across 23 acres of gentle south facing slopes, on sandy loam over clay situated in a shallow sheltered valley. Combined this creates perfect conditions for Germanic and French grape varieties. Ortega, a German grape developed from crossbreeding Müller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe, is our signature variety and covers just over half of the vineyard. Other varieties which go into making our award-winning wines include Bacchus, Dornfelder, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Reichensteiner and Scheurebe. There are also plantings of Schönburger, Huxelrebe, Acolon and Gewürtraminer.
Our quality sparkling wines are produced using the Traditional Method, which is the same method used to make Champagne.
Every single grape is hand-picked from our estate ensuring that only the highest quality grapes go into producing our sparkling wines. After initial fermentation, a base wine is carefully selected and bottled, with yeast and sugars added, before undergoing a second in bottle fermentation process. The wine is then left on its lees for around 5 years to allow the rich flavours to mature. Finally the wine is then riddled and disgorged.
Our sparkling wines are made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Reichensteiner and Scheurebe for the White, solely Gamay for the Rosé and the cuvée of Pinot Noir, the best grape juice from gentle pressing of the grapes, for the Pinot Reserve.