Biddenden Vineyards is Kent's original commercial vineyard and is managed by the Barnes family. Biddenden grows 11 different grape varieties on 23 acres of gentle south-facing slopes. All Biddenden's award-winning white, rosé, red and sparkling english wines are pressed, fermented and bottled on the estate. Biddenden's famous strong Kentish cider and juices are also produced at the vineyard from locally sourced apple and pears. Visitors are welcome throughout the year.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Shop: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun and BH 11-5. Closed noon 24 Dec-2 Jan and Sun in Jan and Feb
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About the area
The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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