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.