WPCS Producer Q & A

One of our new directors Stephen Kinghan, contacted our producer members with a survey to help our viewers gain an insight into their companies and their thoughts on Welsh cider. Here are some of the producers answers, we will be adding more as they are sent back to us.

JASPELS
  • Name, name of Cider / Perry brand and where are you based -

    • Jaspels Anglesey Craft Cider, Anglesey, North Wales.

  • Company website address / where to buy your product

    • www.jaspels.co.uk - cider available at events and stockists listed on our website. We also have an on-site shop at our production premises 

  • When did you start and what made you begin making your own cider or perry?

    • We started commercially in August 2016 - We were hobby cider makers prior to that and wanted to make a cider on the Isle of Anglesey using Anglesey grown apples. 

  • What is it about your cider that you feel makes it unique?

    • We use a wide variety of apples to give our blends a unique taste and some of the apples are native to North Wales. We use a handmade traditional wooden press method with expert blending of batches. 

  • What type of trees / apples / pears do you use for pressing?

    • We use a wide variety of cider apples, culinary and eating apples in our ciders. Some of the trees are very old local varieties due to be DNA tested. We have been compared to Normandy cider on many occasions. 

  • When did you start and what made you begin making your own cider or perry?

    • We started commercially in August 2016 - We were hobby cider makers prior to that and wanted to make a cider on the Isle of Anglesey using Anglesey grown apples. 

  • What is it about your cider that you feel makes it unique?

    • We use a wide variety of apples to give our blends a unique taste and some of the apples are native to North Wales. We use a handmade traditional wooden press method with expert blending of batches. 

  • What type of trees / apples / pears do you use for pressing?

    • We use a wide variety of cider apples, culinary and eating apples in our ciders. Some of the trees are very old local varieties due to be DNA tested. We have been compared to Normandy cider on many occasions. 

  • What do you feel sets Welsh cider apart from other regions and what is it about Wales that makes cider / perry special? -

    • The Welsh air and terroir contributes to the cider tasting different. We are located on an island and the fruit trees really flourish in this microclimate with very little frost. The abundance of fruit trees over the island are generally heavy cropping. 

  • Who do you admire within the industry and do you work with anyone else to produce cider / perry? -

    • Cider making is hard work. Unlike a brewery that can create new brews at any time. As a cider maker we have a small window to harvest and press the apples that will give you your cider for the year. We have admiration for any cider maker as it can be very challenging. 

  • What is your favourite style of cider and why? -

    • I like a good dry bottle conditioned cider. I like dry cider as it is more natural and the delicate sparkle from conditioning just finishes it off as a refined cider. 

  • What have you got planned for your brand this year and what should your customers expect to see in the near future?

    • We have grown from producing 3500 litres to 30,000 litres in 3 years  and have new products launching soon. We have recently received a SUSTAINBLE BUSINESS WALES award as we constantly strive to reduce waste. 

  • What does the WPCS mean to you and what would you like to see it grow into?

    • It was a good platform for us to get recognition before officially launching our product. We won a silver medal for our HERITAGE dry in our first ever competition. It is great to meet other cider makers and it benefits the industry as a whole if we work together in raising the craft cider profile. I would like to see more happening in North Wales as everything is located in South Wales at the moment. 

  • Favourite cider / perry story (can be anything!) - I don't really have a story but there is nothing nicer than the sight of an apple orchard in any season.. but in the summer it is the perfect spot for a picnic on a rare day off sipping a bottle of good cider.... or two. 

HALLETS REAL CIDER
  • Name, name of Cider / Perry brand and where are you based

    • ANDY AND ANNIE HALLETT AND ANDREW WILSON, HALLETS CIDER BASED AT BLAENGAWNEY FARM, HAFODYRYNYS

  • Comapny website address / where to buy your product

    • WWW.HALLETSREALCIDER.CO.UK – DIRECT FARM SALES AVAILABLE – DISTRIBUTE THROUGH WHOLESALERS ALL OVER THE UK. M&S STOCK OUR 500ML BOTTLES.

  • When did you start and what made you begin making your own cider or perry?

    • STARTED IN 2001 AS A HOBBY MAKING 200 LITRES. EACH YEAR MADE A BIT MORE UP TO 7000 LITRE LIMIT SUPPLYING LOCAL PUBS. IN 2006 DECIDED TO MAKE IT MORE COMMERCIAL AND INCREASED PRODUCTION TO 30,000 LITRES AND REGISTERED WITH HMRC TO PAY DUTY. SINCE THEN WE HAVE INCREASED PRODUCTION ON THE FARM, INVESTING IN A LOT OF TANKS AND EQUIPMENT. WE NOW MAKE AROUND 90,000 LITRES A YEAR AND DISTRIBUTE ALL OVER THE UK AND EXPORT TO A NUMBER OF EUROPEAN AND NON-EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

  • What is it about your cider that you feel makes it unique?

    •  THE LEVEL OF CARE AND ATTENTION WE GIVE IT; A STANDARD OF HYGIENE ENSURING A PRODUCT THAT WE CAN BE PROUD OF. WE PAID A LOT OF CARE AND ATTENTION TO OUR BRANDING ENSURING A TARGETED POSITION WITHIN THE MARKET PLACE.

  • What type of trees / apples / pears do you use for pressing?

    • WE ONLY USE CIDER APPLES. WE HAVE 8 ACRES OF TREES ON THE FARM BUT WE ALSO BUY IN APPLES FROM A COMMERCIAL WELSH GROWER. THERE ARE A RANGE OF APPLES THAT WE USE INCLUDING DABINETT, HARRY MASTERS JERSEY, MICHELIN, BROWNS TO NAME A FEW.

  • What do you feel sets Welsh cider apart from other regions and what is it about Wales that makes cider / perry special?

    • THE WPCS WAS SUCCESSFUL (EVENTUALLY, IT TOOK MANY YEARS) IN GAINING PGI FOR WELSH CIDER SO BY ADHERING TO THE CONDITIONS FOR THAT PGI GIVES WELSH CIDER A UNIQUE PLACE IN THE UK. THE STYLES OF CIDER PRODUCED IN WALES VARIES AND THERE ARE ONLY 3 OR 4 PRODUCERS MAKING CIDER ABOVE THE 7000 LITRE DUTY FREE BAND SO IT REMAINS VERY MUCH A CRAFT INDUSTRY.

  • Who do you admire within the industry and do you work with anyone else to produce cider / perry?

    • WE DON’T COLLABORATE WITH ANY OTHER CIDER MAKERS IN MAKING OUR CIDER. THERE ARE MANY CIDER MAKERS WITH VARYING STYLES AND SKILLS THAT ARE ADMIRABLE.

  • What is your favourite style of cider and why?

    • FAULTLESSLY FERMENTED WITH A GOOD BALANCE OF TANNIN AND ACIDITY.

  • What have you got planned for your brand this year and what should your customers expect to see in the near future?

    • WE WILL BE LAUNCHING A NEW 750ML CIDER IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WHICH WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT. MORE NEWS ON THAT SOON!

  • What does the WPCS mean to you and what would you like to see it grow into? 

    • THE WPCS HAS IN THE PAST BEEN A WELL RECOGNISED ASSOCIATION WITHIN THE CIDER INDUSTRY IN THE UK. THIS HAS SLIPPED SOMEWHAT SO IT WOULD BE GOOD TO SEE THAT REPUTATION RESTORED. IT NEEDS TO BE AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY REPRESENTING ALL WELSH CIDER MAKERS IRRESPECTIVE OF SIZE.

  • Favourite cider / perry story (can be anything!)

    • HALLETS CIDER WON THE BBC FOOD AND FARMING AWARD IN 2016 AS THE BEST DRINKS PRODUCER IN THE UK – THE FIRST WELSH CIDER MAKER EVER TO WIN IT!

OLD MONTYS CIDER

  • Our name is Old Monty Cider, and we are based at Garthmyl, Montgomery, in  Mid Wales.

  • We are a very small  family producer, and the Ciders and Perry produced by us ,we sell directly to the public  at Festivals and Shows.across Wales and Shropshire.

  • We began making Cider as a commercial enterprise about ten years ago, as there was so much fruit in our local orchards going to waste. We have always had an interest in brewing.

  • What sets Welsh Cider apart from other regions is that it is 100% juice and many rare Welsh varieties are used giving a distinctive taste.

  • Old Monty Cider is part of a local food and drink group, Taste Montgomery, we also work with Gower Heritage Centre, and WCPS.

  • Our favourite style of cider and perry is Traditional Still Cider and

  • Perry..

  • Old Monty plans for this year include the development of our  second orchard, and adding some new festivals to our calendar

  • WCPS means to us-

  • The Cider Championships Weekend, which is a chance to meet up with our fellow producers and promote Welsh Cider and Perry.

  • Supply of bag inBoxes and other cider containers at reasonable prices.

  • Source pf advice, training and funding opportunities.

  • It would be good to see a cider route through Wales developed as some English counties have, and Normandy.

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