Free admission & tasting. Open throughout the year.
Visitors are welcome throughout the year. Our coffee shop is open daily and there are marked walks around the vineyard for customers to wander at their leisure. Please note that on occasions the vineyard walks may be closed for essential spraying during the summer & harvest.
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm
Closed Sundays in January & February and from noon on 24th December – 1st January inclusive.
2013 FREE tour dates are now available… visitors are welcome to stroll around the 22 acres of vines set in the beautiful Kentish Countryside. See the presses and bottling line in the Winery then visit our Tasting Room to sample our wines, cider and apple juice.
The vineyards were established by the Barnes family in 1969. Starting with one acre the vineyards has grown to 23 acres with eleven varieties of grapes grown. Set on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley, ideal conditions for vines. Predominantly German varieties are grown including Ortega, Huxelrebe, Bacchus, Schonburger and Reichensteiner.
Together with Pinot Noir, Gamay and Dornfelder the vineyards are able to produce White, Red, Rosé and Sparkling Wines. Harvest of the grapes takes place late September, visitors can see the presses in operation in the winery. Bottling of the wines commences early in the following year.
Great effort is made to ensure that the Estate wines produced are of the highest quality, which is reflected by the number of awards we receive.
Alongside our wine making we also produce Biddenden Strong Kentish Ciders and Farm Pressed Apple and pear juices made using locally grown culinary and dessert apples and pears.
Sally and Julian Barnes receiving the Berwick Trophy and Jack Ward Memorial Salver for Best Wine ‘Ortega 2008′ at the English and Welsh Wine of Year Awards at the House of Lords, July 2009.