On exploring the old farm on our return, we found the remains of a derelict orchard we subsequently discovered had been established in 1877. And to our surprise some remaining trees were still producing delicious, crisp apples – strange how fate takes a hand
With heritage cider apple trees sourced from a living heritage museum located in Tasmania, the dream began. The new trees thrived, which prompted more heritage cider apple plantings. As a result the orchards grew, with further plantings and expansion continuing over the next fifteen years: the cider apple trees have all been planted on espaliers, in the ancient, rich-red, volcanic soil.
By 2010 the volume of cider we were producing had gone way beyond anything family and friends could consume. In 2012 we entered our handcrafted cider in the Australian Fruit Wine Show in Hobart – the result – a Silver and Bronze medal. Work on the cider house at the farm now continued apace, in order to prepare for an eventual liquor licence application.
At around 730 m above sea level, the apple trees enjoy the cool-climate benefits of crisp autumn and winter mornings. An annual average rainfall of around 1,650 mm ensures drip irrigation is rarely used. Perfect growing conditions for our precious crop.
Having satisfied all requirements by the end of 2015 – liquor licence now in hand – we at Pomologist Cider are proud to be able to offer our delicious cider through local restaurants, retail liquor outlets and via the ‘Friends of the Pomologist’ link below.