Fancy getting involved in an English Wine Harvest?

Warden Abbey Vineyard in Bedfordshire is calling for volunteer pickers to help with their 2016 harvest. 

The vineyard is situated near Bedford between the scenic villages of Old Warden and Cardington. There has been a vineyard on site since medieval times and nowadays it is leased by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, which continues to produce award winning wines. The charity provides a resourceful, not-for-profit, educational opportunity for the residents of Bedfordshire and aims to be a leading agent for sustainable community development.

The 2016 harvest will commence on Saturday 8th October and begins at 8.30am and will be completed in the afternoon depending on progress. “Harvest day is hard work but it is always a lot of fun and immensely satisfying!” comments Jane Markham, Vineyard Project Manager.

The day will start with a briefing session hosted by Derek Smedley, Master of Wine. Following a morning of picking, a delicious lunch will be served and of course there is no better way to wash this down than with a glass of wine!

If you’re interested, please contact Jane Markham by Monday 3rd October. Please note that places are limited, and are on a first come, first serve basis. All newcomers are very welcome and will be given full instruction beforehand.

“The secateurs are sharpened, crates ready to go and excitement is mounting as we prepare for this year's grape-picking!” adds Jane.