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Celebrating 30 years - Vineyard Open Day & Wine Sale - 11th September 2016

posted 1 Sep 2016, 08:27 by Warden Abbey Vineyard   [ updated 3 Sep 2017, 04:33 ]
Vineyard Open Day, Warden Abbey, England

Warden Abbey Vineyard Open Day and Wine Sale - Sunday 11th September 11am-4pm:   Entry £2 adults, children free.  Free parking.

Bedfordshire's oldest vineyard is 30 this year!  Discover the hidden secrets of the medieval vineyard and abbey, why and how the monks made wine, and how we care for the vines all year round.  There will also be tours, wine tastings, (see timetable below) other local food stalls, a "pop up" wine school, BBQ and other refreshments. Our Warden Abbey wines will be available to taste & buy (cash and cheques only please).  Also a rare opportunity to visit both the vineyard and the historic Warden Abbey building which is being thrown open by the Landmark Trust.  Located near Old Warden, the vineyard is now run by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity as a community vineyard which is cared for all year round by volunteers and works with other local charities and schools. The Open Day is organised by the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard and is our main fundraiser of the year, to raise funding to keep this historic vineyard for the community. 

BBQ lovers are in for a treat! World Food Championship winners 'The Wonky Donkeys' will be heading up the BBQ. These guys are quite simply the best, having racked up the following accolades:

- 3 x World Food Championships ( Las Vegas 2013, 2014 ; Orlando 2015)
- 2 x UK Chilli Champions ( 2013 & 2014)- 2014 World Chilli Champions 
- Leading UK BBQ Championship team 
- International Qualifiers for the World Food Championships 2016 in Alabama in the premier category of BBQ

Open 11 am to 4 pm. Entry: Adults £2, accompanied children free. The vineyard is on a gentle slope and the ground is uneven and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Our wine is available to buy on the day (cash/cheques) only.

Here's the full timetable of tours and talks to help you make the most of your visit.


When

WHAT’S ON

Where

11.15

[15m]

An Introduction to Warden Abbey - history talk

History stand in car park

11.30

[45m]

Vineyard tour and a glass of Warden Abbey wine £5

Outside marquee

11.30

[30m]

Wine tasting – Red wines. Tasting 3 wines £5

Presented by Mark Houghton,

Cambridge Wine Merchants

Gazebo

at bottom of row 33

12.15

[30m]

Walking in the Monks’ Footsteps – a history tour £2

presented by Margaret Roberts

Outside marquee

12.30

[45m]

Vineyard tour and a glass of Warden Abbey wine £5

Outside marquee

12.30

[30m]

Wine tasting – Unusual wines.  Tasting 3 wines £5

Presented by Simon Hart

Gazebo

at bottom of row 33

13.15

[15m]

An Introduction to Warden Abbey - history talk

History stand in car park

13.30

[45m]

Vineyard tour and a glass of Warden Abbey wine £5

Outside marquee

13.30

[30m]

Wine tasting – Red wines. Tasting 3 wines £5

Presented by Mark Houghton,

Cambridge Wine Merchants

Gazebo

at bottom of row 33

14.15

[30m]

Walking in the Monks’ Footsteps – a history tour £2

presented by Margaret Roberts

Outside marquee

14.30

[45m]

Vineyard tour and a glass of Warden Abbey wine £5

Outside marquee

14.30

[30m]

Wine tasting – Unusual wines. Tasting 3 wines £5

Presented by Simon Hart

Gazebo

at bottom of row 33

15.15

[15m]

An Introduction to Warden Abbey - history talk 

History stand in car park

15.45

Raffle draw

Marquee

All these lovely stalls will be joining us!

Mamasashs Cakes
Ampthill Brewhouse - Real ales from your local microbrewery
Anna Pye - Artist and printmaker at The Walnut House
Black Cat Farm Shop - fruit, vegetables, jams, chutneys and honey
Evershed Drinks - ciders, ginger beer
Griffin Farm Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil.
The Simple Stitch Knitting Co.
Rookery Nook Photography, local greeting cards and prints
Companions Real Bread Cic
Rotary Club of Biggleswade 
The Wonky Donkeys BBQ World Food Championship winners, in association with Summerhill Farm Shop, Cardington 
Wobbly Bottom Farm - cheese
Warden Abbey volunteers – serving teas, drinks, bread & cheese platters and cakes 
Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard - membership, info, vine sales, children's craft activities
Friends of the The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth

poster for open day

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