Westons Cider begins right here in the orchards that surround our family farm.
It was the very fertile and nutritious soil on which the small Herefordshire village of Much Marcle is built upon that first enticed Henry Weston to begin farming here.
Tucked between the Malvern Hills and the Welsh Hills, Much Marcle provides the perfect naturally sheltered habitat in which apples and perry pears thrive.
Healthy and juicy fruit is crucial for us here at Westons Cider so we make sure our orchards are cherished and nurtured all year round.
It's early spring and the countryside wakes up from its long sleep and our orchards are no different. The orchards come alive with hundreds of bumble bees that fly around naturally pollinating the trees and creating beautiful apple blossom.
In May, the blossom seems to float off the trees signalling that the fruit is on its way.
The long hazy British summer days allow our trees to do what they do best, sunbathe.
As they soak up the sunshine, the trees are cleverly turning all the sunshine into sugar and making those apples taste delicious.
As most people are sad to say goodbye to summer, we don't mind because we love saying hello to autumn because autumn means harvest. Harvest is the most important time of the year for us and the farm and mill. Our apples and perry pears are full of juice and ready to be picked and pressed into cider.
We cleverly grow a variety of apples meaning that they all ripen at slightly different times allowing us to harvest the fruit at its prime. Each Autumn we press approximately 18,000 tonnes of fruit- that's about 25 million pints of cider! We even move some of our workers off the bottling line and into the orchards making sure our large harvest is managed skillfully and efficiently.
After producing us with an abundance of fruit, winter is the time the trees fully relax. We gently prune them by trimming back their branches and then leave them to sway in the crisp frosty winds.
In January, we briefly return to the orchards to serve an age-old ritual of tree worshipping called 'Wassailing'.
We thank the trees for the fruit they provide, bless them and drink cider from the Wassail cup. With traditional dancing and singing, Wassailing is a much anticipated event in the Westons calendar... We love a good knees up!