At the head of the Cranborne Chase and on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset is nestled the beautiful village of Donhead St Mary. This is where during a frosty weekend in 2011 we decided to plant a few cider apple trees. Over the next couple of winters this became a bit of a habit and 800 trees later we thought it might be time to make some cider.
When it comes to cider making our philosophy is simple. We press a blend of the best cider apple varieties when they’re perfectly ripe and let the juice ferment slowly over the following winter months. But that’s not the end of the story. The tannins in our cider apples take time to mellow and develop the rich, complex flavours we are looking for. And so we allow our ciders several more months to mature before we release it. As with all the best things in life, a good cider is worth the wait.
So if you find yourself in Donhead St Mary why not take a walk through the orchard and don’t forget to say hi because we never tire of talking about apple trees and cider.