Abel Methode Cider is made in small quantities from freshly harvested, hand-picked apples and pears, using predominantly heritage varieties that have been grown in Nelson, New Zealand for over 120 years. Varieties used are Cox’s Orange Pippin, Sturmer, Kingston Black, Foxwhelp, Bisquet, Winter Nellis, Winter Cole and others in small amounts.
Full fruit fermentation in stainless steel extracts the true fruit character. Made once per year, aged in stainless steel, the cider undergoes secondary fermentation, like Champagne, in bottle for 12 to 18 months prior to release and is bone dry, resulting in a fine cider that is refreshing and full of flavour. A true artisan cider made exclusively from 100% apples and pears, with no added water, juice concentrates or other fruit. Non-disgorged. This cider has an ageing potential of 5-10 years.
Cider Is Wine is the quality mark for ciders and perries fermented exclusively from apples and pears, not-from-concentrate. There are no global standards the production of ciders and perries meaning that in the UK most cider made comes from just 35% juice all of which can be imported concentrate, which can make a British cider. Cider Is Wine ciders and perries are all made by crafts people from 100% fresh juice.
Cider Is Wine works with some of the world’s cutting edge cider producers, those with great peer reviews, leaders of their industry who believe passionately in the heritage and sustainable quality of what they do. They have great precision and artistry in the ciders and perries that they make, and they are all individuals.
Cider Is Wine’s objective is that by 2030 all available global trade and consumers will be aware of the ciders and perry sector, exclusively fermented, either partially or wholly, fermented from apples and pears, not-from-concentrate.
Cider Is Wine markets, imports, distributes and retails exceptional producers of artisan ciders made like wines to the description above. It leads the alcohol market in increasing the value of the cider experience from consumers through the whole trade, working with influencers and media to create the awareness of the niche sector which is worth an estimated £150M at UK retail value.