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

  • A memorable harvest! Harvest report 2015Sunday's harvest was an incredible achievement!  Although we lacked the beautiful sunshine we had at last year's harvest, sixty-five pickers worked extremely hard and ...
    Posted 23 Oct 2015, 08:56 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Book now! Tickets now on sale for wine-tasting evening with Master of Wine, Derek Smedley 6th November Tickets now on sale for a wine-tasting evening with Master of Wine, Derek Smedley "Discovering lesser-known grape varieties" 7pm-9pm, Friday 6th November at Old Warden Village Hall ...
    Posted 23 Oct 2015, 08:52 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Can you help with our 2015 big harvest day? Experience wine at the cutting edge!Please help with our great grape harvest on Sunday 18th OctoberFinally! After an August that lacked oomph, the late September sunshine has woven ...
    Posted 6 Oct 2015, 13:38 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Join us for our annual Vineyard Open Day & Wine Sale! 20th September 2015 Warden Abbey Vineyard Open Day and Wine Sale Sunday 20th September 11am-4pm:   Entry £2 adults, children free.  Free parking. Discover the hidden secrets of the medieval vineyard and ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2015, 06:30 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
  • Grand Summer Tours Friday 31st July 2015 Friday 31st July, 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 the ...
    Posted 15 Jun 2015, 09:24 by Warden Abbey Vineyard
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