Biddenden Vineyards has been a long and loyal supporter of R.A.B.I for some years and this week they presented the charity with a cheque for £1,036.
Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard was established by the Barnes family in 1969 to produce wines and ciders. The vineyards are set in 23 acres on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley close to the Wealden village of Biddenden.
Eleven varieties of grapes are grown to produce white, red rose and sparkling wines, while traditional Kentish ciders have also been made for more than 30 years with farm pressed apple and pear juices.
Sally Field, R.A.B.I regional manager for the South East, said: “Over the years, Biddenden Vineyards have been extremely supportive of R.A.B.I and they have made us their chosen charity for the past two years.”
Charles Tassell, Kent committee chairman, gratefully accepted the cheque from Julian Barnes, owner of Biddenden Vineyards.