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Trees & Barrels

Pommeau

Some years we have a little of our cider distilled into apple brandy by a local micro distillery. We age the brandy in oak for several months befo...

Pressing

Once fully ripe and the sun has converted the apple starches into sugar and flavour, the apples are picked, ready for pressing.  At the cidery the...

Apples

We grow many different varieties of cider apple. We started off with about 30 varieties and over the years, have honed this down to around 20 - th...

Planting

This is what happens when you hand a zany teenager a video recorder, and ask her to document a day's apple planting (2011).

Spring

Spring in the orchard; no need to say much - blossom, bees, lambs, fresh succulent young leaves, tiny pink buds. In spring you start to get a feel...

Summer

Summer in the Moutere can be dry and hot. We are circled by mountains, and on some days when the earth is parched and the trees need a drink, we c...

Autumn

In autumn, harvest is upon us. Our climate is warmer than the environments from which most of our cider varieties originate from. The days are sti...

Winter

The cider is made and we wait. The leaves are off the trees and it is time for orchard work. Time to prune, mend wires and posts, to plant and to ...

Fire Cider

Take the sweet, rich juice of your best cider apples. Trickle it across large trays lain over a roaring pear wood fire. Watch it boil and darken. ...

Pollination

Bees help pollinate our apples and pears, and every year we rent hives from a local beekeeper. During a warm spring day when the apple trees are i...

Grafting

Late winter, just as the sap begins to rise, is the time for grafting. Apples grown from pips do not grow true to their parent (scion), so differe...

Philosophy

We strive to make cider with integrity, without compromise, with no short cuts, and with minimal intervention. Our ciders are made from 100% fresh...