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The cider maker

What makes Westons Cider unique? A commitment to doing things the right way. It takes time, but we can do this because we’re independent. For instance, we’ve invested in juice storage which allows us to develop great flavour profiles. Some of our liquids can be matured for up to 18 months. This freedom to marry traditional techniques with the best modern technology is why I love being a Cider Maker

 

Guy Lawrence

Cider Maker & 5th Generation of the Weston family

Year-round Orcharding

Each autumn we need over 20,000 tonnes of fruit to press. Maintaining orchards is a year-round job.

The Farm Team takes care of the trees, pruning in mid-winter, monitoring the bees and blossom pollination in spring. In summer it’s all about keeping a close check on the fruit trees, ensuring perfect condition before starting the harvest in autumn.

Autumn Harvesting

We’re picky about picking the right apples. So all of the fruit is sourced locally.

Using traditional bittersweet apples give us that authentic, refreshing taste. In addition our own orchards, we also have fantastic local growers who supply us with premium fruit. It’s all about provenance and trust – some have been working with us for generations.

 

Seasonal Milling & pressing

From September through to December, our mill opens its gates for the harvested fruit.

It allows us to take in the many cider apple varieties once they are ripe and picked. After careful washing, fruit is milled into pulp. At peak flow, we generate up to 40 tonnes per hour. Pressing the pulp extracts the pure, fresh juice, ready for fermentation.

Closely-watched Fermenting

Large stainless steel tanks begin the fermentation process – the time needed to give ciders their true character.

The stainless steel tanks keep the juice under control and allow for a consistent flavour, time and time again.

When ready, the juice can then be transferred into oak vats to mature.

Up to 18 Months Maturation

We give our ciders more time to mature. Always have. Always will.

Once fermentation has happened, cider needs to be aged to develop its character and depth. Stored in oak vats, the liquid is matured for up to 18 months. Some vats are over 200 years old. The largest – Squeak – holds 42,107 gallons.

our oak VATS

Our silent, standing giants are the place for flavours to work their magic. The oak imparts authentic flavours to the liquid during the maturation period. It’s a traditional method of cider-making that makes all the difference to taste.

43 Vats

The largest cider collection in the UK

336k pints of cider

Contained alone in Squeak, our largest vat

200 years old

Some of our Vats are that ‘vintage’

Director

Our oak vat collection has continued to grow since 1880. Some of the vats were purchased over the years from other producers and distilleries. The vat house takes me back to my childhood; it remains a favourite part of the business for me. It certainly was an interesting place to be, growing up on a cider farm.

 

Tim Weston

Director & 4th Generation of the Weston family

Westons Cider Report 2017

Each year we create a report to share our passion, insight and understanding of the UK cider marketplace and provide some signposts to give you a view of where the possible future direction and opportunities lie. If you are interested in reading why not download a copy.

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Our Awards

We are proud to say that over the years our ciders have won many industry awards around the globe.

  • Gold Award

    Grocer Drinks Awards 2017 Low Alcohol

    Stowford Press Low Alcohol

  • Gold Award

    Grocer Drinks Awards 2017 Fruit Cider

    Rosie's Pig Flat Tyre

  • Silver Award

    International Cider Challenge 2017

    Old Rosie

  • Diploma Award

    British Bottler's Institute Awards 2017

    Mortimer's Orchard English Berry

  • Bronze Award

    International Cider Challenge 2017

    Rosie's Pig Handbrake

  • Bronze Award

    International Cider Challenge 2017

    Rosie's Pig Flat Tyre

  • Diploma Award

    British Bottler's Institute Awards 2016

    Old Rosie

  • Diploma Award

    Britisg Bottler's Institute Awards 2016

    Mortimer's Orchard

  • Bronze Award

    International Cider Challenge 2016

    Stowford Press

  • Gold Winner

    Grocer Drinks Awards 2016 Cider Category

    Henry Westons Vintage

  • Finalist

    Grocer Drinks Awards 2016 Cider Catergory

    Old Rosie

  • Design and Packaging Supreme Champion

    International Cider Challenge 2015

    Caple Rd (Blend No.3)

  • Bronze Award

    International Cider Challenge 2015

    Old Rosie

  • Silver Award

    International Cider Challenge 2015

    Stowford Press

  • Gold Award

    International Cider Challenge 2015

    Caple Rd (Blend No.3)

  • Silver Award

    International Cider Challenge 2015

    Henry Westons Vintage

Our Ciders

More Time. More taste. That’s our way of making the finest cider.

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Visit Us

There’s plenty to see and do at Westons' Cider Mill. From a tasting tour to a meal in our Scrumpy House Restaurant.

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