Warden Abbey Vineyard

Warden Abbey Vineyard is situated on a four acre site between Old Warden and Cardington, and was planted by the Whitbread family in 1986 – although vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at the Cistercian Abbey of Warden.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource.

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
  • a secure future for this historic vineyard

Community involvement

As well as offering a range of formal courses, BRCC also hopes to provide opportunities for the whole community to get involved.

Set in a beautiful and historic location, there is tremendous scope to explore the site’s heritage, whilst improving wildlife habitats. All at a time when English wines are really coming into their own!

Tours and picnics

Warden Abbey Vineyard have announced the return of their popular tours and picnics. They’ve proved popular already, with all dates in May fully booked, but there are still plenty of dates in June and July.

These tours allow visitors to explore the history of the vineyard – from medieval origins to modern times – and to find out about the vines. There’s also the opportunity to taste and purchase the wines.

The picnics are a great day out. Bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with family and friends among the vines. You can take a free self-guided or virtual tour too, and enjoy chilled wine from the marquee.

Each picnic coincides with the nearby Shuttleworth air show and there’s usually a chance to spot planes heading across Old Warden, although this may depend on which way the wind is blowing.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome too.

Visit the Warden Abbey Vineyard website to see all available dates.

Warden Abbey

There is lots of information on the vineyard website including information about our wines, vineyard tours and gifts.

Find out more

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jane Markham at: info@wardenvineyard.org.uk or ring 07981 113714

Warden Abbey grapes