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Our Story

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.

Skenfrith Bridge
Ben Culpin
Lots of apples
Juicy, natural apples

Awards

Great Taste Awards 2015 - 2 stars Great Taste Awards 2015 - 3 stars Great Taste Awards 2015 - Top 50 Food Great Taste Awards 2015 - Golden Fork Wales
Great Taste Awards 2015 - Golden Fork Winners

The Cider

How do we make our cider?

Cider apples come in a wonderful array with hundreds of shapes, colours and sizes. Each variety brings its own distinct character to cider. If you respect the natural alchemy of cider-making, allowing enough time for the flavour notes to slowly reveal themselves, we believe that each cider apple has a unique song to sing.

Making cider from fresh juice, there is one production each year, which starts when the fruit is harvested in the autumn. We are 100% committed to this juice and have just one opportunity to make a vintage of delectable ciders and perries for the following year.

We add winemakers' yeast to the fresh juice and it is stored in the barn where it slowly ferments. You can hear it bubbling away, slower and quieter when the temperature drops in deepest winter.

As the first blossom is finally appearing on the apple trees, the cider in the barn is racked off into a new vessel for a secondary fermentation. This last stage gives smoothness and balance to the cider, by which the full complexity of flavour can shine through.

Dabinett
Medium

Bursting with flavour from Dabinett bittersweet apples. This single variety cider is lightly sparkling, and made with 100% apple juice. The taste is delicately fruity, with a hint of spice and long clean finish. Great Taste 2015 2*.

Vilberie
Medium Dry

Full of the robust fruity taste of Vilberie bittersweet apples with a refreshing crisp dry finish. This single variety cider is lightly sparkling and made with 100% apple juice. Great Taste 2015 3*, Top 50 Foods, Golden Fork

Dabinett and Vilberie cider bottles

Events

Events

Saturday 27th February 2016 Partridges Market - London
http://www.partridges.co.uk/foodmarket
Sunday 28th February 2016 Fortnum & Mason - London Store - Tasting
https://www.fortnumandmason.com/
Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th April 2016 Expo & Farm Shop & Deli Show
http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/
27th - 30th May 2016 Welsh Perry & Cider Festival - Caldicot Castle
www.welshcider.co.uk
Monday 18th to Thursday 21st July 2016 Royal Welsh Show
www.rwas.wales/royal-welsh-show/
Friday 29th July - Saturday 6th August 2016 Eisteddfod
https://www.eisteddfod.wales/monmouthshire-and-district-2016
August 2016 Monmouth Show
http://www.monmouthshow.co.uk
September 2016 Usk Farmers Show (Stand: Food Hall)
http://www.uskshow.co.uk/
September 2016 Abergavenny Food Festival
http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com/
Sunday 2nd October 2016 Forest Showcase
https://forestshowcase.org/

Find out what else is happening down at Apple County Cider Co.

Visit us

Your Invitation

By visiting the farm, or simply by opening a bottle wherever you are, we warmly invite you to discover Apple County Cider.

Ben is always happy to talk you through a cider tasting at the cellar door and you are welcome to enjoy the fabulous Monnow valley views on our 3 mile orchard walk and through rows of blackcurrants, soak in the views and the fresh air. (leaflet and map available). Enjoy a gourmet picnic in the orchard available for pre-order. We will deliver the picnic with a couple of bottles of chilled cider to the orchard and set it up ready for you to enjoy near the end of your walk.

Make a day of it with fly fishing in the River Monnow, a visit to Skenfrith Castle Ruins, and longer scenic and historic way-marked walking routes.

Our cider shop in the barn stocks our full range of ciders, including traditional still cider straight from the vat, plus lovely local homemade jams, cordials, ales, honey and ice creams.

We're open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Address

Apple County Cider Co. Whitehouse Farm, Newcastle, Monmouthshire, NP25 5NS, Wales

Follow the trail of cider signs, just west of Skenfrith on the B4521 or on the B4347 from Monmouth about 2 miles past Newcastle.

Telephone

01600 750835

Email

hello@applecountycider.co.uk

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