The juice of handpicked, late harvested apples from the company’s Dragon Orchard is frozen and gently thawed in a process of cryo-concentration. This involves the first third of the thawed juice bing tapped off and used to make the cider, the remaining water, as ice, is discarded. This concentrated juice is fermented using Champagne-style yeast to 7% ABV, which takes 3 to 4 months.
Dragon Orchard is located in the heart of apple growing countryside in Herefordshire and has been in the family since 1887. It benefits from fertile Herefordshire clay and loam soils and is protected from harsh winds by the surrounding hills. It?s an accredited LEAF farm (Linking Environment and Farming) and the farmhouse has been awarded for its sustainability.
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.