Meet the Winemaker

Biddenden Vineyards' Winemaker Julian Barnes

For further information on booking our Meet the Winemaker Tours please contact the office on 01580 291726.

Meet the Winemaker Tours

There is no better way to explore the vineyard and learn about how we produce our award-winning wines than with one of our winemakers.

Our exclusive meet the winemaker evening tours are designed for groups looking for an in depth, personalised experience with an opportunity to discuss our wines with the person who made them, something a standard tour simply cannot offer.


Winemaker Julian Barnes

Upon arriving at the vineyard you will be greeted by either Managing Director Julian Barnes, second generation grower and winemaker, or Vineyard and Winery Manager Tom Barnes, third generation grower and winemaker.

After a chilled glass of cider or juice on arrival, Julian or Tom will take your group on a journey around the vines exploring how our wines begin life in the 23 acre vineyard. You will learn about the different varieties we grow, our soil, maritime climate and what usually happens through a winemaker’s year.

Moving on to the winery, Julian or Tom will share his family knowledge and passion for what makes a great English wine, some of the production methods at Biddenden, including how we make our award-winning Gribble Bridge Sparkling Wines and there will also be the opportunity to explore how we produce our famous Strong Kentish Cider and farm-pressed apple juices.

Finally, the group will be able to get up close and personal with the wines themselves as Julian or Tom conducts a tasting in the vineyard shop. Arrangements can be made for supper, please contact the office for more information.

Biddenden Vineyards Shop Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 11.00 – 16.00

We also offer Self-Guided tours 7 days a week, along with pre-booked Private Guided tours Wednesday – Saturday for groups of up to 6 people.

Collection of prepaid orders can be arranged with the office Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm or you can visit our online shop for home delivery.

When visiting we ask that you please respect our social distancing measures.