Orchard & Vineyard

Planting a new orchard or restoring an old one,  can mean a considerable investment in time and money. Going on a course will help with practical skills. Tasting varieties old and new on Apple Day in October can provide inspiration. And a trip to a cider and apple juice producer, such as Biddenden Vineyard and Cider Works shows how versatile your crop can be.

The longer, warmer summers in Britain and selected grape varieties mean that sheltered, south facing areas in England and Wales will usually produce a good crop of grapes to make wine. Grape growing and winemaking often becomes a lifetime's passion so it's worth planning your vineyard with the future in mind. Get an idea of how different grape varieties work in your area by sampling locally grown and produced wine.