Pomologist Cider

Small batch, hand-crafted, traditional cider from the Southern Highlands of NSW.  Using biodynamic orcharding methods, the heritage cider apples are grown on espaliers, hand pruned and nurtured. The fruit is hand-picked and selected for ripeness and processed in small batches to produce Pomologist Cider’s award winning traditional cider.

The Pomologist Cider Story

We had recently purchased a former dairy farm in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW – and now only weeks later, we found ourselves drinking a range of apple ciders, including some dry organic, in a restaurant-bar in London. The organic ciders so impressed us that the experience would unknowingly change our vision for the new property forever. That was 1998.

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.

Biodynamic Orchards

The founders have followed an organic approach to the farm since 1999. In that year they applied for and gained A Grade Organic Certification by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.  Since that year only organic and biodynamic methods have been used on the farm and in the apple orchards.

The first orchard established by the founders takes its name from their nearby guest accommodation, Misty Cottage.  The Misty Cottage Orchard runs north to south and is protected by mature deciduous trees.  A newer orchard was planted from 2008 and is known as Red Fox Orchard – as a family of foxes has always lived in the gully that divides Red Fox Orchard from the neighbour’s cattle grazing property.  Red Fox Orchard is surrounded by mature pine trees and has its own micro-climate.

Both orchards feature apples grown on espaliers.  Trees are planted out at 2 years after grafting and are grown in the rich, red basalt soil.  As the trees are grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, they start producing fruit in year 4.  The founders have maintained a program of annual planting of trees during winter.  A third orchard is planned for 2016.


Our Ciders

After making traditional style ciders for 9 years, one of the founders completed a cider maker’s course in the UK in 2010.  While the course presented the full range of additions that could be added to tweak cider, the founders have favoured a natural approach to cider making which allows the fruit to express its individual characteristics. 

After processing, all our ciders are stored in stainless steel tanks to await blending and bottling.  Once bottled the cider undergoes a malo-lactic fermentation which produces a natural effervescence.  This process throws a natural sediment from the interaction of the yeast and sugars remaining in the cider.  The sediment may be mixed by turning the bottle prior to pouring or it may be left as a residue in the bottom of each bottle.  The sediment is harmless if consumed. 

We recommend that our cider be settled by standing in a cool place after you receive it and then should be chilled for 24 hours before being consumed. This ensures that the cider can be enjoyed as its best.

2013 Dry Sparkling Cider

At the 2016 Tasmanian Cider Awards our 2013 Dry Sparkling Cider was awarded a Bronze medal.  It is a dry traditional cider.  It is pale gold in appearance with a good tight aroma.  It has good structure and acid.  The fruit has a clean taste and is across the whole palate on finish.

2015 Dry Sparkling Cider

At the 2016 Tasmanian Cider Awards our 2015 Dry Sparkling Cider was awarded a Bronze medal. Dry, traditional, sparkling cider.  Yeasty and floral.  Good structure and acid backbone.

Wholesale Enquiries

If you would like to stock Pomologist Cider, please feel free to enquire and we will be right back to you.


Friends of the Pomologist

Biota Dining

18 Kangaloon Road,
Bowral NSW 2576

Feast at Berrima

1 Market Place,
Berrima NSW 2577

Highlands Merchant

405 Argyle St,
Moss Vale NSW 2577

Wine Mosaic Lounge

386 Argyle Street,
Moss Vale NSW 2577

Eccetera Trattoria Pizzeria

2/6 Boolwey St,
Bowral NSW 2576

Bowral Brasserie

1 Wingecarribee St,
Bowral NSW 2576

Links House Restaurant

17 Links Road,
Bowral NSW 2576

Chambers Cellars Bowral

68 Station Street,
Bowral NSW 2576

Prohibition at Urban Cellars

6/81 Giles St,
Kingston ACT 2604
P: (02) 6295 0864


Hops & Vine

6A Victoria St Hall,
Canberra ACT
P: (02) 6230 2862

Justin Lill Wines
the Berry Bottleshop

112a Queen Street,
Berry, NSW
P: (02) 4464 1052


If you would like to purchase cider directly from us, become a Friend of the Pomologist. 

We will release ciders from time to time and advise you when they may be purchased exclusively from our website.

As a Friend of the Pomologist you will receive our Newsletter and take a few virtual steps with us in Misty Cottage Orchard and Red Fox Orchard.

We will keep you updated on our ciders, cider events, awards, activities in the Cider House, and opportunities to meet us at Southern Highland events and fairs.  We will also update you on our biodynamic orchards and let you have insights from the Cider Maker/Pomologist.

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