Our cider story started with a conversation. Known for his ‘infamous’ cider, Caro had fond memories of watching her Dad hard at work making the next batch. Sharing a mutual love for heritage apples and cider, husband Chris got talking to his father-in-law about the process of fermenting apples. Armed with a backyard full of home-grown apples and shared knowledge, Chris began his cider-making journey in 2012. Experimenting with different production styles of cider, there was one in particular that Chris and Caro felt stood out from the crowd. Methode Traditionelle, or the ‘champagne method’ of crafting cider produces cider that emulates the sparkling wines that the Tamar Valley is well known for. Having decided to start producing their cider on a commercial scale, they travelled to France where they explored the European traditions behind Methode Traditionelle. With new found knowledge, they returned to Tasmania and began working to perfect the cider they are increasingly known for today. And so, the next generation of ‘infamous’cider was born.
The Dales Heritage Orchard is established on our property and as part of our value-adding, we are now producing Tasmania’s first commercially produced apple flour. A great gluten-free, vegan and paleo friendly baking flour alternative.