10 October 2017

The Fruity Flavours of Cornish Ciders

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to cider in Cornwall, with each producer creating unique and refreshing flavours. Find out more about some of the local orchards in the area. 

Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard, Penzance

Polgoon prides itself on their range of award-winning Cornish Ciders, which are all produced at Polgoon. Apples are picked from their orchard and are combined with other selected West Country apples and pressed on site.

Primarily a vineyard, in 2006 they planted their first apple trees, which took well to the moisture in the soil of the area, and have produced a large quantity of fruit each season. Polgoon applied their winemaking knowledge to their cider making, and use traditional winemaking techniques in their productions. Setting themselves apart, they use a selection of dessert apples rather than the traditional cider apple to offer more of a fresh fruity taste. 

Dedicated to producing artisan Cornish ciders, wines and juices, Polgoon is a family run vineyard and orchard. After many years trading as fish merchants, John and Kim Coulson decided they needed a new adventure, and with no experience in farming, purchased 20 acres of land just outside of Penzance. After meeting an award-winning Cornish winemaker, they decided to take a different direction when it came to planting on their land, staying away from potatoes and daffodils, and deciding on vines – creating their own Cornish vineyard.

Why not try…

Berry Cider – Lightly sparkling apple cider with Blackcurrant and Raspberry juice. Deep pink colour with a red berry nose and light crisp apple flavour. Serve chilled or over ice.

Elderflower Cider - A cider with a light sparkle that delivers a refreshing apple flavour intermingled with the sweetness of elderflower. Made with selected English apples, the fruit is pressed and fermented, then infused with elderflower to create a crisp refreshing cider.


Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Penhallow

Kay and David launched Healeys Cyder Farm in 1986. There was no water or electricity when they moved in with Sam and Joe, their two very young sons, and the 150-year old property was in a dreadful state.  Undeterred, they set about planting orchards, renovating buildings and creating a visitor attraction that has since provided huge entertainment for millions of people in almost three decades.  They’ve also turned their fruit into world-beating drinks, jams and juices, built Cornwall’s first distillery in 300 years and produce England’s oldest whiskey.

It’s still very much a family affair – Joe and Sam are now directors, their wives Georgie and Lara work alongside them and even granny Joy Healey regularly turns up to check up on the homemade scones and jam!

Why not try…

Rattler Original – Named after the feisty Cornish Rattler apple and blended with Healey’s know-how, the Original Rattler Cyder has a crisp, fresh flavour that is tasty and refreshing.

Rattler Pear – Blending juicy pears and crisp apples, Rattler Pear teeters between sweet and sharp, but still retains the same sparkling Rattler bite.


Cornish Orchards, Duloe

Andy Atkinson arrived at Westnorth Manor Farm with his herd of dairy cattle in the spring of 1992. The farm is part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate and dates back to the 1600s when the farm was known as ‘Westnarth’.

Drawing motivation from Cornwall Council’s project to save, rejuvenate and replant traditional apple orchards, and wanting to encourage birds and wildlife, Andy planted three orchards on the farm. Soon, he had one of the largest collections of Cornish apple varieties in the county, creating a perfect wildlife habitat.

Enthused by his new crop full of exciting, intriguing flavours, Andy juiced and blended, then hand labelled his first Cornish apple juices.  In true entrepreneurial spirit, he then took them to local farmers’ markets, where they quickly sold out. With this success and the introduction of his first Cornish Orchards cider, Andy took the leap to diversify from dairy farming to juice and cider making and threw his wellies away!

Why not try…

Keepers Meadow Cider – Inspired by the fruits and flowers of our very own Keeper’s Meadow, this delicate cider has subtle floral notes and a delightfully refreshing finish akin to a sparkling wine.

Heritage Cider – A refreshing, gently sparkling cider with the ripe fruit flavours of windfall apples. The unique, complex blend of full-bodied English cider apples and traditional varieties, such as Cornish Longstem and Tommy Knight, create a cider that is a true celebration of heritage, tradition and biodiversity.