We use apples from orchards in and around The Fal River Valley (Grampound, Corran, Veryan, Tregothnan, Trelissick and Trerice). Most are Cornish Heritage Varieties: Captain Broad, Chacewater Longstem, King Byerd, and Manaccan Primrose. Lists of our varieties may be found here and here. The orchards are managed to help wildlife. No fertilizers, apple thinning sprays or pesticides are used. Our priority is quality not yield.
Choice of apple variety is essential in creation of fine ciders. Each variety is different. Blending juices from sweet, bittersweet, bitter and sour apples gives the balance desired. The proportion of bitter to bittersweet apples is most significant while sharper varieties give freshness and fine subtlety in the mouth.
Picking extends from late August to November. Better varieties ripen from the second week in October. Apples are gathered when ripe and then left to mature, sometimes for a few weeks, until they are ready for sorting, washing by hand, and milling. We use only prime, undamaged fruit.