Warden Abbey Vineyard

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 and Shuttleworth College took on the vineyard lease in 2010 in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource – and to carry on the tradition of making great wines.  The vines are now cared for throughout the year by volunteers and community groups who enjoy being in this beautiful and historic setting.


We aim to provide:

•           A great chance to be involved from vine to wine for local people

•           A unique setting for horticultural therapy

•           Wildlife & heritage projects

•           Learning and skills development

•           Help for people into employment or voluntary work

•           Great wines to celebrate Bedfordshire


Our debut wine in 2010 has won awards in national and international competitions, getting the project off to a flying start.


Sales of the wine contribute to keeping this historic vineyard for the community.


We sell direct at events throughout the year, and through local independent shops, and pubs including

  • The Kings Arms, Cardington
  • Cambridge Wine Merchants
  • Woburn Country Foods
  • Scald End Farm Shop



The vineyard is open to the public by prior appointment.  We can arrange tours for groups – please contact 

There are five grape varieties - Bacchus, Reichensteiner, Regner, Madeleine Angeveine and Muller Thurgau - planted on south-facing slopes.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity

Shuttleworth College

[NB for the marker on the map, please can you use the postcode SG18 9LS. Exact lat/long is    52.083027,-0.363042 

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Contact: Ms Jane Markham

Southill Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Telephone: 07981 113714