Warden Abbey Community Vineyard

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About Warden Abbey Community Vineyard

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at the Cistercian Abbey of Warden. Centuries later, the Whitbread family re-planted the monks' "Lyttel Vineyard" in 1986, and went on to produce award-winning wines right up to their last vintage in 2008

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource - and are carrying on the tradition of making medal winning wines. The community vineyard is a not-for-profit venture. We work with other local charities, organisations and local schools to offer:

  • a unique setting for social and therapeutic horticulture
  • learning and skills development
  • help for people into employment or voluntary work
  • a range of volunteering opportunities for local people and community groups, and a great chance to be involved from vine to wine
  • wildlife and heritage projects

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Warden Abbey Vineyard Christmas Wine Sale

Festive fizz from your local community vineyard! Local foods and crafts too. We'll be launching our new wines from the 2018 vintage, so join us at the Mansion (Garden Suite) Shuttleworth, Old Warden.

Locally grown white and sparkling wines from award-winning Bedfordshire vineyard to taste and buy for your Christmas celebrations and gifts. Vegan-friendly. More than just a gift - all sales support the development of the vineyard's community, educational and therapeutic projects.

This year we'll be joined by a number of local food and craft stalls, including Ant's Chilli House, Rookery Nook for prints and cards, Willow Tree Gin, Kelchner Brewery, Eve Carroll Pottery, preserves and stocking fillers, and more. There's also chance to buy "The Original Warden Pear", a fascinating history, from the author herself, vineyard volunteer Margaret Roberts.

Tour vouchers, donate-a-vine, pruning experience vouchers and membership gift ideas too (also available to buy online at wardenvineyard.org.uk).

Free tasting, entry and parking, and mince pies (while stocks last!)

Credit cards accepted. Entrance from Old Warden village only.
When
08 Dec 2019 at 11:00am
until 08 Dec 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
The Mansion at Shuttleworth (Garden Suite)
Old Warden
SG18 9EA

Grand summer tour at Warden Abbey Vineyard

Discover the secrets of Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard,English wine-making, and how volunteers look after the vines all year round atthis exciting community project.

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at Warden Abbey. Replanted in 1986, the vineyard has produced award-winning wines every year since its first vintage. Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and have continued its medal-winning tradition. The tour concludes with a tasting of two of the latest wines.

Can’t make this date? The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run monthly tours and tastings between May and September.

Please note there is no winery on the site. The vineyard is on a gentle slope and ground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Our wine is for sale on the day.

Limited space so advance bookings only £10 adults (accompanied children free) Book online http://www.wardenvineyard.org.uk/tours/
When
24 Aug 2019 at 10:30am
until 24 Aug 2019 at 12:30pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS

Midsummer tours at Warden Abbey Vineyard

Discover the secrets of Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard,English wine-making, and how volunteers look after the vines all year round atthis exciting community project.

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at Warden Abbey. Replanted in 1986, the vineyard has produced award-winning wines every year since its first vintage. Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and have continued its medal-winning tradition. The tour concludes with a tasting of two of the latest wines.

Can’t make this date? The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run monthly tours and tastings between May and September.

Please note there is no winery on the site. The vineyard is on a gentle slope and ground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Our wine is for sale on the day.

Limited space so advance bookings only £10 adults (accompanied children free) Book online http://www.wardenvineyard.org.uk/tours/
When
28 Jun 2019 at 10:30am
until 28 Jun 2019 at 12:30pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS

English Wine Week tours at Warden Abbey Vineyard

Discover the secrets of Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard,English wine-making, and how volunteers look after the vines all year round atthis exciting community project.

Nestledbetween the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were firstplanted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks atWarden Abbey. Replanted in 1986, the vineyard has produced award-winning winesevery year since its first vintage. Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity nowlease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community andeducational resource – and have continued its medal-winning tradition. The tour concludes with a tasting of two of the latest wines.

Can’tmake this date? The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run monthly tours andtastings between May and September.

Pleasenote there is no winery on the site. The vineyard is on a gentle slope andground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limitedmobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Ourwine is for sale on the day.

Limited space so advance bookings only £10adults (accompanied children free) Book online http://www.wardenvineyard.org.uk/tours/
When
25 May 2019 at 10:30am
until 25 May 2019 at 2:00pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS

Warden Abbey Vineyard Christmas Wine Sale

Festive fizz from your local community vineyard! Locally grown still white and sparkling vegan-friendly wines from award-winning Bedfordshire vineyard to taste and buy for your Christmas celebrations and gifts. More than just a gift – all sales support the development of the vineyard’s community, educational and therapeutic horticulture projects.

Tour vouchers, donate- a-vine, membership gift ideas too (also available to buy online at wardenvineyard.org.uk). Still looking for stocking fillers? As well as local preserves, there’s chance to buy “The Original Warden Pear”, a fascinating history, from the author herself, vineyard volunteer Margaret Roberts.

Come and join us in the Shoot Room in the atmospheric Stable Block at Southill Park for this festive occasion.

Free tasting, entry and parking, and mince pies (while stocks last!). Find us near the White Horse Pub in Southill.

Proceeds from wine sales go to Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity for the community vineyard project.
When
09 Dec 2018 at 11:00am
until 09 Dec 2018 at 11:00am
Where
Southill Park
Sou
Biggleswade
SG18 9LJ

Walk in Monks' Footsteps at Warden Abbey Vineyard

Join this walk and talk around Bedfordshire’s historic vineyard and discover Warden Abbey’s hidden medieval precinct from a fresh perspective. The walk will be led by Margaret Roberts who is writing a book on the history of the abbey. As well as telling the story of the abbey and its vineyard, she’ll interpret the landscape features surrounding the vineyard and what they reveal about the life of the abbey’s occupants. Please note there is no access to the Warden Abbey building which is run by the Landmark Trust. The tour will close with a tasting of a couple of our wines.

Tour starts prompt and last about 1.5-2 hours. Limited space so strictly advance bookings only please. £10 for non-members; £6 for members. Book at www.wardenvineyard.org.uk

The vineyard is on a gentle slope and ground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Our wine is for sale on the day (cash/cheques only).

Can’t make this date? See our website www.wardevineyard.org.uk for all tours and tastings. The tours are run by the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard to raise funding for this unique community project.
When
29 Jun 2018 at 10:30am
until 29 Jun 2018 at 12:30pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS

Pre-harvest Vineyard Tours and Tastings at Warden Abbey Vineyard

Discover the secrets of Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard, English wine-making, and how volunteers look after the vines all year round at this exciting community project.

Run by the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard, tours start at 10.30am and 2pm and last about 1.5-2 hours. Limited space so strictly advance bookings only please. £10 for non-members; £6 for members.

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at Warden Abbey. Replanted in 1986, the vineyard has produced award-winning wines every year since its first vintage. Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and have continued its medal-winning tradition. The tour concludes with a tasting of two of the latest wines.

If the weather's nice, you're welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vines.

Can’t make this date? The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run twice-monthly tours and tastings between May and September.

Please note there is no winery on the site. The vineyard is on a gentle slope and ground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Our wine is for sale on the day (cash/cheques only).

To book and for more info, including all our 2018 tour dates, please seehttp://www.wardenvineyard.org.uk/events
When
21 Sep 2018 at 10:30am
until 21 Jul 2018 at 12:30pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS

Grand Summer Vineyard Tours and Tastings at Warden Abbey Vineyard

Discover the secrets of Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard, English wine-making, and how volunteers look after the vines all year round at this exciting community project.

Run by the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard, tour starts at 10.30am and lasts about 1.5-2 hours. Limited space so strictly advance bookings only please. £10 for non-members; £6 for members.

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at Warden Abbey. Replanted in 1986, the vineyard has produced award-winning wines every year since its first vintage. Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and have continued its medal-winning tradition. The tour concludes with a tasting of two of the latest wines.

If the weather's nice, you're welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vines.

Can’t make this date? The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run twice-monthly tours and tastings between May and September.

Please note there is no winery on the site. The vineyard is on a gentle slope and ground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Our wine is for sale on the day (cash/cheques only).

To book and for more info, including all our 2018 tour dates, please seehttp://www.wardenvineyard.org.uk/events
When
10 Jul 2018 at 10:30am
until 10 Jul 2018 at 12:30pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS

Midsummer Vineyard Tours and Tastings at Warden Abbey Vineyard

Discover the secrets of Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard, English wine-making, and how volunteers look after the vines all year round at this exciting community project.

The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard are holding tours on Saturday 23rd June and Tuesday 26th June.. Tours are at 10.30am and 2.00pm and last about 1.5-2 hours. Limited space so strictly advance bookings only please. £10 for non-members; £6 for members.

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at Warden Abbey. Replanted in 1986, the vineyard has produced award-winning wines every year since its first vintage. Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and have continued its medal-winning tradition. The tour concludes with a tasting of two of the latest wines.

If the weather's nice, you're welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vines.

Can’t make this date? The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run twice-monthly tours and tastings between May and September.

Please note there is no winery on the site. The vineyard is on a gentle slope and ground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Our wine is for sale on the day (cash/cheques only).

To book and for more info, including all our 2018 tour dates, please seehttp://www.wardenvineyard.org.uk/events
When
23 Jun 2018 at 10:30am
until 23 Jun 2018 at 12:30pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS

Wondering what to do with guests during the holidays? Surprise them by taking them to your local vineyard!

Discover the secrets of Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard, English wine-making, and how volunteers look after the vines all year round at this exciting community project.

The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard are holding two tours on Saturday 26th May as part of national celebrations for English Wine Week and the first ever Greensand Country Festival. Tours are at 10.30am and 2.00pm and last about 1.5-2 hours. Limited space so strictly advance bookings only please. £10 for non-members; £6 for members.

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at Warden Abbey. Replanted in 1986, the vineyard has produced award-winning wines every year since its first vintage. Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and have continued its medal-winning tradition. The tour concludes with a tasting of two of the latest wines.

If the weather's nice, you're welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vines.

Can’t make this date? The Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard run twice-monthly tours and tastings between May and September.

Please note there is no winery on the site. The vineyard is on a gentle slope and ground is uneven. The walk may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please bring suitable footwear/outdoor clothing for the weather. Our wine is for sale on the day (cash/cheques only).

To book and for more info, including all our 2018 tour dates, please seehttp://www.wardenvineyard.org.uk/events
When
26 May 2018 at 10:30am
until 26 May 2018 at 12:30pm
Where
Off Bedford Road
Old Warden
Bedfordshire
SG18 9LS