Whilst these few big old apple trees looked lovely and had lots of history every year the apples fell and made a mess, as there were only so many apple pies you could make. So we decided to do something with the apples, we started making apple juice and then progressed to cider, in the early days some of this was not drinkable But we soon learnt about tannin’s, sharpness and sweetness and looked to source cider apples from Somerset from an old orchard, these made a pretty decent cider.
We toured the West Country and visited many cider makers and talked to them about what varieties they used in their cider and through sampling the different ciders we choose what variety’s we would use ourselves. We also talked to experts Liz Copas & John Worle, where we gained a wealth of knowledge, which enabled us with much research to look at what trees we would like to plant. We looked to buy an orchard