Although our vineyard walks & tours are closed to visitors over the winter months, there is still plenty of work going on behind the scenes to prep the vines for the growing season ahead. Our team have been out pruning and tying down, and bud burst, when the vines really begin to come alive in the spring, is not too far away. We’re looking forward to our Self-Guided and Private Tours restarting on 20th April – early in the season is a great time to visit as the vines are looking neat & tidy, prior to the main shoot growth getting underway.
It’s not just in the vineyard that we’ve been busy – we’ve also now bottled all of the 2021 vintage and the first two wines have been released, Biddenden Schönburger 2021 and Biddenden Ortega 2021.
We carry out all of the winemaking process on site here at Biddenden, from grape through to glass, with the maximum distance travelled from picking to pressing just 600m! Whilst harvest & pressing takes place in August & September, the winemaking process itself begins when the grapes are pressed, with the wine then being fermented and perfected in tank over the winter months until February/March when the wines are bottled. They are then allowed to develop further in the bottle before being released from spring onwards.
This year, we have a couple of very special releases in the pipeline, including an exciting new format for Gribble Bridge Rosé and we’ve also created something a little different for our Biddenden Cider range, drawing in our winemaking expertise – both will be released later in the year, so do keep checking back for updates!
Our Vineyard Shop continues to stock our full range of award-winning wines, ciders & juices, and you can find our up to date opening times here. Bookings are open for our Private Guided Tours, so if you’d like to learn a little more about our history and winemaking techniques, as well as taste a selection of our wines then now is the time to get booked in!
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon at Biddenden.