Julian started his working life on a small family run apple farm in Biddenden. The early days of farm diversification saw a vineyard planted which is now the oldest established vineyard in Kent and continuously run in the UK. In the late 70’s further product development led to the introduction of cider and apple juice marketed under the Biddenden brand. Julian runs Biddenden Vineyards alongside his wife Sally and third generation sons Tom and Will. They are past winners of the English wine of the Year competition and Camra Cider of year. He is a former Chairman of English Wine Producers, sits on the board of Produced in Kent, Chairman of Ashford and Tenterden tourism association, and voted Kent Food and Drink Hero 2016 by Kent Life. Julian has a keen interest in the showground having exhibited at the Kent County Show continually for 39 years. He believes it to be an important shop window for the county, connecting agriculture and the countryside with those that live around it.