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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 and we have won the prestigious Guild of Fine Food Great Taste awards best product from Wales in both 2015 & 2016.

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.

The apple trees at Whitehouse Farm were planted by Ben's stepfather Jimmy in the 60's who grew apples under contract to a national cider-maker. Jimmy laterly experimented with making his own real cider and encouraged Ben to join him. In 2008 Ben answered his calling and decided to move back to the family farm to become a full-time cider maker, Ben is incredibly passionate about cider and has always been a cider-drinker, in 2014 Apple County Cider was born.

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 2016 - 1 star Great Taste Awards 2016 - 3 stars Great Taste Awards 2016 - Top 50 Food Great Taste Awards 2016 - Golden Fork Wales

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 Golden Fork 2016, Top 50, 3*.

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

Yarlington Mill
Medium Sweet

Made with 100% freshly pressed juice from the iconic Yarlington Mill bittersweet apple variety.  The flavour profile is more wine-like than apple-led; the rich brandy aroma is followed by a deep mellow flavour with a creamy finish. Great Taste 2 stars 2017

Raspberry

To bring you a pure taste of summer from Apple County, we’ve blended just the right amount of sumptuous raspberry juice from local growers. A refreshing treat for the grown up palate, this is a uniquely sophisticated fruit cider.

Rhubarb

The pure rhubarb juice from local growers brings a tart, fruity edge to this delicious sparkling 100% juice cider.  Our crafted, pure juice cider with rhubarb is dry and nostalgic and makes a refreshing treat for the grown-up palate. Great taste 1 star award 2017

The full range of 2017 Apple County Cider Company ciders in bottles

Events

Events

9th November 2017 Great Taste Wales Awards St Davids Hotel Cardiff
https://businesswales.gov.wales/foodanddrink/
15th -16 November 2017 European Pizza Pasta Show Olympia
http://pizzapastashow.com/
Sunday 10th December 2017 Abergavenny Christmas Market
http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com/

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, when you arrive just ring the cider bell. Our cider shop in the barn stocks our full range of ciders, including traditional still cider straight from the vat, plus lovely homemade jams, coulis, local Welsh ales, farm honey and ice creams.

If you have more time why not stay a while longer and enjoy a cider experience, we offer the following...

Tutored cider tasting and tour - groups welcome by advance booking - Enjoy a guided walk through the orchard and visit the production barn followed by a cider tasting at the cellar door. Tours cost £10 per person and include a bottle of cider of your choice to take home, weather permitting. Allow 1-2 hours.

Orchard Walk - Come and join us for a fabulous 3 mile orchard walk. Winding through rows of blackcurrants, soak in the views and the fresh air. (leaflet and map available) Allow 2-3 hours. Dogs must be kept on a lead. Parking is available along the Skenfrith to Maypole road.

Orchard Picnic - Work up an appetite on our orchard walk then enjoy a gourmet picnic with local cheeses, charcuterie, chunk of bread & chilled cider in the orchard. We will deliver the picnic to the orchard for your suggested time, you can pick a spot, then return to the cellar door for a tasting session with us. Picnic £17.50pp, pre-orders only.

Our summer season shop opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm & Sunday 11am to 5pm. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9am 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

steph@applecountycider.co.uk

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