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

  • The spring vineyard - book on a tour for English Wine Week Friday 29th May 2015 Friday 29th May, 11.30am and 2.30 pm.  Advance booking essential due to limited space. Please note the vineyard is only open for people who have booked onto ...
    Posted 5 May 2015, 08:50 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Please vote for us! We've been nominated in Bedfordshire Food & Drink Awards Thank you to whoever nominated us in the Finest Vineyard category in the new Bedfordshire Food & Drink Awards - we're delighted!  At the moment, we are the only nominee but ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2015, 12:45 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Grow Your Tenner - what a great result! A big "Thank you" to everyone who supported our Grow Your Tenner campaign to raise funding for new vines.The campaign raised £2205 pounds, exceeding our £2000 target!  What a ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2014, 09:02 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • "Donate a vine" campaign launched with Grow Your Tenner! Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity is encouraging its supporters to take national charity match-funding scheme "Grow your Tenner" literally by donating up to £10 on-line to buy vines to ...
    Posted 17 Oct 2014, 10:21 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Phew - another harvest over All done thanks to a great team!  65 pickers, 3.7 tonnes of beautiful dry fruit picked in 4 hours.  What an amazing response to our call for help to ...
    Posted 10 Oct 2014, 02:10 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
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