Best Cider Producer Finalist

Best Cider Producer Finalist

CELTIC MARCHES are so pleased to be in the final three of the Hereford Times Food and Drink Award for Best Cider Producer. 

In a county known so well for our ciders, it's a real privilege to reach the finals. 

Celtic Marches Beverages in Bishops Frome is a self-sustaining cider producer.

Collette Cumbes from the company said: "All apples used in our ciders are taken from our 200-acre orchards on the family farm in Bishops Frome.

"We are a self-sustaining cider producer, which is a rare position; a result of over 100 years and numerous generations that have dedicated themselves to the orchards.

"This allows for full control over our cider production from tree to glass. Awarded PGI status, you can be assured that only Herefordshire apples are used in our delicious craft cider."

They have a mix of old and new orchards. New trees which are planted can take around seven to 10 years to successfully fruit.

Collette said: "Cider making is a long process. Our orchards are cared for throughout the year, be it a sapling Ellis Bitter or an old Michelin.

"The blossom time is carefully monitored and a long hot wet summer is always hoped for.

"During harvest time, at the end of September, we collect the fallen apples and they are moved from the orchards up to the farm.

"Here, they are weighed, washed and sorted before they move along to our press." 

For more information on the awards, visit the Hereford Times.

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