Harvest 2012 collage


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 horticultural therapy
  • 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

Latest news

  • Come to our 2014 Open Day & Wine Sale Sunday 14th September Heritage Open Day and Wine Sale Sunday 14th September 11am-4pm  Free entry & parkingCome and find out the story of the medieval vineyard and abbey, why and how ...
    Posted 19 Aug 2014 08:21 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Wines of the week - our 2013 wines Last year's excellent harvest means we'll be bottling two still wines which will be released for sale in the autumn - a new situation for us and a nice ...
    Posted 13 Mar 2014 11:11 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • March newsletter Our March 2014 newsletter is now on-line.  View it here
    Posted 13 Mar 2014 11:04 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • A taste of things to come Master of Wine Derek Smedley, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity's deputy CEO Jon Boswell, and vineyard manager Jane Markham visited Denbies Wine Estates in December for a first tasting of ...
    Posted 21 Apr 2014 09:57 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Volunteers cheer the fruits of their labour It was a nail-biting end to the season for volunteers at Warden Abbey Community Vineyard this year as the cold start to the year meant a late harvest.  But ...
    Posted 21 Dec 2013 07:25 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
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