Woodredding Cider

Cider has been made at Woodredding for at least 200 years. By 1790 the owners of Woodredding Farm had decided to invest in new cider-making equipment.

The design of the Cider Press dates it around 1790 and the barn housing the horse-driven Cider Mill might well have been built around it and probably precedes the present farm house and brick barns which were built in 1815.

Woodredding Perry

Award Winning Cider & Perry

The present cider orchard was planted in 1959 with the Ashton Brown Jersey, Bulmer’s Norman, Michelin, Vilberie and Lavigne varieties. More recently Yarlington Mill trees were planted and are now cropping well. We have also planted Herefordshire Redstreak and Somerset Redstreak as replacement trees in our old orchard. Some of the cider apple trees in our orchard are coming to the end of their productive life and we have planted two more varieties. Both Kingston Black and Dabinett will enhance our current varieties and give more scope for single variety production and blending.

Apples were collected and taken to Westons’ Cider Mill two miles away, but in 2007 after a gap of fifty years we revived the tradition of cider making on the farm and we got the 18th Century cider press back into action again for the first time since the 1950’s.