We have a simple goal. To provide Real Premium Cider to the Australian public. We started thinking about this back in 2004.
Our simple goal was not so easy when we found out that there were no commercially available Cider Apples in Western Australia. It never crossed our minds to make cider out of eating apples as we though nobody would drink such a brew..... so instead we decided that to make a Real Cider we had to grow our own apple trees.
Finding the location was not so hard. In 2006 we purchased Lot 16 on Glenrowan Road from the Wood family. The Wood's had established the iconic "Puzzle Shop" and "Jazzi Ugg Boots" and pioneered the first wine grape vines into the Denmark area, so a great choice for a place to establish the first Cider Apple orchards in Western Australia.
Finding the apples was not so easy. Western Australia's very strict quarantine rules in 2007 were much tougher than today and apple varieties were very limited. Luckily the apple specialists at the Government Research Centre in Manjimup saved the day, and provided us with the buds for 4000 baby cider apple trees in 2007 and a further 2500 baby trees in 2008. In addition we brought another 650 budded baby trees from Gove research in Tasmania, that were placed in quarantine in Perth in 2008.
Our grafted baby trees sprouted into the small trees that we planted out in mid 2008 and 2009, with the quarantined trees released and planted late in 2009.
Nobody could tell us how these trees would fare in Western Australia, and it has been an often painful process discovering the weaknesses, the pests, and the diseases that we have encountered over the establishment years. (Most of our pests have been two legged).
In 2013 we had our first harvest, and in partnership with Harewood Estate were able to produce 500 litres of a Still Scrumpy Cider.
Year on year the quatities and qualities have changed, with 2017 promising to be a bumper year, with the fruit dripping off the trees.
We have Real Cider pommages available now from 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In 2016 we branched out into production of Apple Cider Vinegar taking advantage of by-products of the orcharding and cider making process. The commercial success of these vinegars is encouraging us to increase production with our 2017 harvest.
Our goal is to share the tastes of these remarkable ciders (and vinegars) with you, and let you judge for yourself the merits of Real Cider.
Stuart and Thitikarn
Stuart and Thitikarn share a passion for flavour and quality in their food and drink.
They bring this passion to you with their hospitality and a product range that is unique and crafted with love and hard work.
Stuart is originally from the North-East of England, but spent his formative years in the Ciderland of Gloucestershire and Somerset where he developed his love of Real Ciders. Thitikarn hails from a farming family in Northern Thailand, and brings valuable taste buds, (and more than a hint of farming practicality,) to help develop our products.
Stuart and Thitikarn offer you the chance to experience the tastes of real cider and real apple cider Vinegar at their farm.