Welcome to Apple County!
Great cider is a timeless joy to us at Apple County. We make real cider and perry from 100% freshly pressed juice. Each cider is make from a single variety of bitter-sweet apples all grown in local orchards. We approach cider-making with all the skills and reverence of a traditional winemaker, allowing the distinctive flavours of each variety to develop through a slow, cool fermentation.
Our ciders and perries have won acclaim from chefs, critics, writers, and foodies alike. Valentine Warner, Oz Clarke and Pete Brown have all expressed their appreciation for Apple County Cider.
Where is Apple County?
Our cider is made on Whitehouse Farm near Skenfrith in Monmouthshire. This lush county is nestled between the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is peppered with historic castles. From the farm, we enjoy stunning views across the Monnow valley where the river marks the Welsh border.
Our cider orchards were planted in 1969. They were some of the first cider orchards to be terraced, allowing more sunlight to reach the trees. The fertile red earth of this area is rich in iron, and the micro-climate on the farm means cold, cleansing winters and a warm growing season. All these things keep the apple trees happy, producing bountiful fruit with great flavour.
Who are Apple County?
Apple County Cider is a family business. We are husband and wife Ben and Steph, plus our young son Francis who loves to run amidst the apple trees.
Before Ben answered the call to cider-making, he worked in music publishing and lived in London. But he held onto vivid childhood memories of walking the blossom-filled orchards with his stepfather and helping to haul in the apple harvest. Ben's stepfather Jimmy grew apples under contract to a national cider-maker. It wasn't until later in life, that Jimmy experimented with making his own real cider and encouraged Ben to join him.
Ben had always been a cider-drinker. Being a coeliac, he was happily never distracted by lesser, cereal-based drinks (i.e. beer). Since returning home to become a full-time cider maker in 2008, Ben has won many awards. Recent accolades include Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the International Cider Challenge 2015, and 2 and 3 star Great Taste Awards, culminating in a prestigious Golden Fork award for the best food & drink product in Wales!
Steph grew up in the North-West, but now whole-heartedly devotes herself to family life and Apple County. She is the vital right hand of the business, supporting customers, developing the brand and keeping the admin ship-shape. She is passionate about opening people's eyes to the joys of real cider, and exploring new frontiers in cider-craft.
As a family, we feel lucky to live in this lush, rolling landscape. Steph loves walking the orchard hillsides with the family Labrador and Ben is in his element wild swimming in the local rivers. We want to put this special place - Monmouthshire, the apple county of Wales - back on the map for producing some of the finest cider in the world.