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The Cider Trail Experience
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Jump on board the cider revolution and see what everyone’s talking about.
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|Tour Departure Details||9am from Tivoli Wines.|
|Tour Arrival Details||We aim to return between 5:30-6:00pm.|
The Vine & Orchard Cider Trail Experience will take you to some of the most awarded cider producers in the country. From orchard to bottle, you’ll learn about the true cider-making process, discover the endless possibilities of pairing cider with food, and sample some of the world’s best ciders.
In this full-day tour and tasting experience, we work exclusively with three producers – Oliver’s, Little Pomona and Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry. There’s a locally sourced ploughman’s lunch too!
We start the day at Oliver’s, where you’ll get to meet the legendary Tom Oliver, regarded as one of the best and most knowledgeable cider-makers on the planet. Always with a tale to tell, and not one to sit on the fence with an opinion, Tom will take you around his cidery discussing the intricacies of cider production. In his down-to-earth style, his passion for producing minimal intervention cider shines through, and we’ll then step into his tasting room for a tutored tasting of four or five of his latest creations.
After Oliver’s we’ll drive the short distance to Little Pomona Cidery in Bromyard to meet Susanna and James Forbes. Both Susanna and James had flourishing careers in the wine industry prior to establishing Little Pomona. Susanna was one of London’s hardest-working drinks journalists as editor of Imbibe magazine and Drinks Britain, whilst James was a wine buyer for Oddbins and Head of Wine for Wines of Argentina. Their affinity to wine flows through to their ethos of craft-cider making, creating expressive and innovative ciders that pair with a variety of dishes.
Following a tour of the orchards, we will have a tasting of four Little Pomona ciders alongside a ploughman’s platter of local cheese, charcuterie and homemade pies. This is sourced from Legges of Bromyard - one of the finest farm shops and delicatessens in Herefordshire.
Our last stop of the day is a 40-minute drive south to Ross-on-Wye Cider, home of the Johnson family who have been farming apples since the 1930’s. Their orchards contain a diverse range of varietals; from the bittersweet Dabinett and Yarlington Mill to the sharp Foxwelp and Browns, enabling them to create ciders of great purity and complexity. In good vintages, Ross Cider can produce single-varietal ciders, a rarity in this country.
We’ll be given a guided tour of the orchards, explaining the history of Broome Farm, the characteristics of each varietal and the farming techniques employed. A full tutored tasting of four to five single varietal or blended ciders or perries will take place in the cidery before we make our way back to Cheltenham.
This experience includes:
We’ll set off on our Cider Trail at 9am from Cheltenham, visiting Oliver’s, Little Pomona and Ross-on-Wye Cider. Lunch is included, so if you have any dietary requirements, please inform us upon booking.
We aim to return to Cheltenham for 5:30-6pm.
Please enquire about dates of this The Cider Trail. It can be booked as a private experience for 4 – 7 guests on a date of your choice, simply email us to start your adventure.
A cider revolution is happening.
Made from the fermented juice of apples, cider often gets a bad reputation. Unlike wine, there are fewer restrictions on global production standards, and many of the draught ‘British’ ciders purchased in our favourite pubs are made from rehydrated juice concentrate, mostly sourced from other countries then altered with sweeteners and preservatives.
The ‘new wave’ of cider production focuses on making cider directly from the pressed juice of apples with limited, or in some cases, zero added sweeteners or preservatives. Drawing parallels with the world of natural wine, these ciders express the true nature of the apple varietal, the cidermakers influence or, to borrow a term from the wine world, the ‘terroir’ of the production area.
In these cideries you’ll find highly complex, bone-dry ciders aged in burgundy or rum barrels, ciders co-fermented with other orchard fruits or naturally sweet ‘ice-ciders’ – all of which pair fantastically with food.
From Bromyard, Herefordshire, Little Pomona create ciders and perries that speak of the land, that taste of the harvest, that illustrate the wonderful cidermaking heritage the region is built on, and that look to the future.
Rarely making the same cider twice, their method of small batch production keeps customers keen to sample the latest offerings, and they regularly sell out of their limited releases.
It’s not just the ciders that win awards, co-founder Susanna Forbes was given the 2021 CAMRA Pomona Award for her “outstanding achievement” in the promotion of cider and perry.
Ross Cider is the home of the Johnson family who have been farming apples since the 1930’s. Their award-winning range of natural ciders and perries are created from pure apple and pear juice, pressed on their own farm, from their own picturesque orchards that surround their home.
Pressing apples is more a way of life than a business to the Johnsons, with their finely tuned cider-making skills being passed from generation to generation with Albert Johnson, one of the youngest cider-makers in the country, currently taking up the helm at Broome Farm.
A modern approach to traditional cider, Tom Oliver makes a selection of fine Herefordshire ciders and perries with an emphasis on balance and character, coupled with drinkability.
The motto is to ‘take what the fruit gives’ and try to intervene as little as possible. Simply put, great fruit is pressed, the juice is exposed to hungry wild yeasts and the resulting ferments are blended and bottled. Tom Oliver makes a wide variety of styles using a range of varietals, all of which have this natural synergy between acidity, tannin and sweetness.