The Story behind 

Welsh Warrior Cider

Our Heritage Lottery Funded project “The Heritage of Orchards and Cider Making in Wales”, was issued with the task of capturing, through the medium of Digital Stories, the Modern Story of Cider Making in Wales.

In one of those stories, Hazel Hunt and Andy Gronow of Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider talked about the history behind ‘Welsh Warrior’, the cider made in Pte Richard Hunt's honour. Richard was the 200th solider to lose his life serving in Afghanistan in 2009. You can view the story here:

Since recording the digital story, the charity set up after Richard died has now ceased. At the family’s request, a percentage of the profits from the sales of this cider will now be going to a charity called the Pilgrim Bandits.

The Pilgrim Bandits charity work with ex-service personnel to offer direct assistance... helping them embrace life again and in doing so inspiring others.

Gwynt Y Ddraig is a Welsh cider and perry company that was founded in 2001 by Andy Gronow. They are currently the WPCS’s largest cider producers in Wales and sell their produce internationally.

Richard’s sister Jayne Hunt, who is our Heritage Project Manager said that “this is a truly touching story that meant so much to us as a family, it is definitely something Richard would have been delighted by. We feel this partnership between Gwynt y Ddraig and the Pilgrim Bandits reflects Richards personality, he loved the outdoors and a drink!”

Welsh Warrior Cider along with over 100 other ciders and perries, will be available at our annual festival, where we are delighted to announce that The Pilgrim Bandits are our chosen charity for this years Festival held on the 25th-28th of May 2018, set inside the walls of Caldicot’s magnificent medieval castle..

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