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!

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