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Biddenden vineyard + cider works

Biddenden wines + ciders

When I see English wines on the supermarket shelf I find it hard to consider buying them, when they’re alongside well known wines from countries with established reputations for wine production.

But English wines can be really very good and there’s nothing better than strolling around a vineyard on a fine sunny day and tasting the local produce. And, there’s around 400 vineyards in the UK according to the
Marketing Association for the English Wine Industry.

Last weekend was seriously scorching hot and we were camping near Robertsbridge, East Sussex. Our biggest problem – being outdoors – was finding shade to take periodic breaks from the intense burning sun. And so we ventured over the county border into Kent to Biddenden Vineyards, a vineyard and cider works and – after a quick stroll around the vines in direct sun – found shelter under a parasol by the shop. Here, we did some tasting.

While Biddenden produces a range of award-winning sparkling, white, red and rose wines, it’s their ciders that are not to be missed, particularly the Special Reserve (matured in oak whisky casks, with sherry tones, a lethal 13% vol) and the Monk’s Delight strong spiced cider (mulled wine flavours, 7.5% vol).

It’s a gradual thing and I’ll continue to work at it but my perception of English wines is changing.

Lardbutty best British vineyard 2010: Biddenden vineyard

Biddenden Vineyard info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Address: Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden, Kent
~ Postcode: TN27 8DF
~ Website: Biddenden Vineyard website
~ Location:

~ Biddenden Vineyard photos


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