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Simon Day with AwardsOnce Upon A Tree have gained three awards at the International Cider and Perry Competition held this week at the Hereford Cider Museum.

First place for the Best Dry Cider was awarded to Once Upon A Tree for their 2011 "Marcle Ridge" cider and another first place for the Best Single Variety Cider was awarded for their 2011 "Dabinett" cider. The company also gained a 3rd place in the Best Medium Cider for their new "Tumpy Ground" draught cider

It's no secret that Herefordshire Orchards produce the best apples, and here in our small parish of Putley, near Ledbury, our Dragon Orchard is particularly fruitful! It's my job to look after that quality until it reaches the tastebuds of our customers." said Cider Maker Simon Day "Winning at the Hereford Cider Museum competition is particularly special for us, as we are on home turf and it helps bring recognition to how orchards and cider making continue to define the landscape, culture and communities of our beautiful county."

Demand for high quality Herefordshire Cider is at an all time high, and Once Upon A Tree are seeing sales increase every quarter despite the current economic conditions.

 

These are ciders particularly well suited to go with food, and as more people are choosing to dine at home, they find that our bottled ciders are an excellent choice to accompany mealtime." explains Simon Day, "As our ciders are made with 100% apple juice, giving natural alcohol levels of 7.0 – 8.5%, I see them as a lower alcohol alternatives to wine, perfect to share with friends over a good lunch!"

The winning ciders are available to taste at the Orchard Shop at Once Upon A Tree in Putley where visitors can enjoy self guided walks through the orchards, currently still in blossom.

Once Upon A Tree were awarded the “Vigo Trophy” for Best Apple Juice at the Bath & West Show last week.

The awards ceremony took place last Thursday 2nd June, attended by Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex in front of the general public, press and members of the cider and apple juice industry.

Simon Day, who makes the award winning juice at Dragon Orchard in Putley, Ledbury, was present to receive the trophy presented by Lord Julian Fellowes who was also one of the judges.

The competition is considered the biggest in the country, and over 400 entries were judged. The Once Upon A Tree Discovery Juice was judged the “Best Single Variety Juice”, and then went on to win “Best in Show.”

The award winning juice was made from Discovery apples picked at the peak of ripeness in September last year, and displays a beautiful hint of pink from the glossy red skins of the apples. The juice is described as a having a delicious hint of strawberry, medium sweet with a refreshing finish.

The Discovery is one of nine different juices we make here at Dragon Orchard," explains Simon Day “and this trophy proves the exceptional quality of apples we have here in the orchards of Herefordshire. It’s my job to look after the flavours as the juice is pressed and bottled, but there is no further intervention – it’s a very natural flavour, and a very natural product!”

The juice is available to taste and buy directly from the Once Upon A Tree Shop at Dragon Orchard, or via mail order through www.onceuponatree.co.uk, or through a number of stockists (details available on the web site).

This award follows previous success for their ciders only last month at the International Cider Competition, and national exposure with an on air tasting on BBC Radio 2 with Nigel Barden on the Simon Mayo Drivetime show last week.

Blenheim Superb and The Wonder in the snowOur two new very special dessert products have been launched this week!

Blenheim Superb follows on from the success of our Blenheim Orange Dessert Cider launched last year to critical acclaim. This new vintage sees the introductoin of Laxton Superb apples in the blend which gives the cider a touch more crispness to balance the sweetness to give a refreshing finish to the palate. Tasting note:

Tart apple & honeyed nose, with just a hint of spice. The viscous palate has concentrated flavours of apple, apricot, honey and spiced orange with incredible length to the finish. Intensely sweet, but perfectly balancing acidity to give a refreshing finish. Enjoy as an aperitif, partner with foie gras or pâté, with strong hard cheese, or apple or citrus based desserts.

The Wonder is named after a local landmark - a huge landslip that occurred on the Marcle Ridge in 1575, enveloping a chapel at nearby Kinnaston, that Victorians came from far and wide to view. As well as the local connection, the name seemed appropriate for this unique dessert pear wine, which has never been commercially attempted anywhere before! Conference and Comice pears were used in its production, which gives a unique character to the end product. Tasting Note:

Muted spiced pear aromas with a hint of brioche. A rich, powerful, palate with intense flavours of apricot, quince and a hint of soft caramel. Sweetness, acidity and a long, soft tannin finish are perfectly balanced. Perfect as an aperitif, partner with foie gras or pâté, with blue cheese, or chocolate based desserts.

Our Blenheim Superb and The Wonder are made using icewine prinicples to concentrate the juice prior to fermentation. The potential alcohol of the juice is between 18 - 20 % and has incredible intensity of flavour and aroma. Once the fermentations are stopped, the unfermented remaining sugar gives the products their fruity sweetness.

You can buy a twin bottle mail pack of these two special products for a UK mainland delivered price of £40 - see our mixed case section in our online shop.

The Dragon Orchard Shop - click for larger imageOur little fledgling shop did so well over Christmas, and such was the positive response from everyone who came and found us, that we have decided to do it again with a small shop open from Easter onwards.

From the 31st March we will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm Wednesday to Sunday until Christmas.

We are waiting for planning permission at the moment, so for the time being we will be operating from our existing Cider Shed, but we hope to have built a wooden building next to the orchard in time for the Big Apple Blossomtime celebrations May 2nd and 3rd.

We will be offering:

  • Cider, Perry and Apple Juice Tastings and Sales
  • Orchard walks (if it's good weather, come and have a picnic in the orchards)
  • Work by local artists, and other local food producers
  • Tea, coffee and cakes available
  • Group tours by prior arangement
Hope to see you soon!

Announced on Sunday 30th September, on BBC Radio 4's Food Programme, Once Upon A Tree are delighted to be in the final three of the "Best Drinks Producer" category of this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards.

Cook and food writer Valentine Warner presenting the programme said of the finalists:

These are a special bunch! To reach this stage is a major achievement. Over the past four months the judges have been sifting through thousands of nominations to arrive at this shortlist."

Nominations were invited from the general public who were able to say why they felt the nominee deserved recognition in what Jamie Oliver describes as "The Oscars of the food world"

We were astonished when we heard that we had made it to the final three drinks producers, but we are delighted that our traditional and our innovative ciders are getting noticed! " said Cider Maker, Simon Day. "We are all very proud of what we have achieved with the company over the past 6 years since we started pressing our first apples, and we are so happy to be able to represent Herefordshire in these awards."

The winners will be announced at the BBC Food and Farming award ceremony on the 28th November at the NEC in Birmingham. Tickets for the event are free, and can be applied for online at the BBC Food & Farming website.

The good news arrives just as the company start this year's harvest, which is described as "Challenging!" and are also about to open a dedicated Cider and Perry shop in Ledbury, showcasing craft cider and perry from the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

The Three Counties are renowned for the quality and range of cider and perry, but it can be difficult to find outlets for some of the smaller producers. We will be offering up to 12 different draught ciders and perries on tap to fill customers own containers, as well as a large range of bottled ciders from over 30 producers in the area." said Director, Hannah Day "we are working hard to get the shop ready for opening by Saturday 13th October"

Announced yesterday on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, Once Upon A Tree are delighted to be in the final three of the “Best Drinks Producer” category of this year’s BBC Food & Farming Awards. 

 

Cook and food writer Valentine Warner presenting the programme said of the finalists: “These are a special bunch!  To reach this stage is a major achievement.  Over the past four months the judges have been sifting through thousands of nominations to arrive at this shortlist.”

 

Nominations were invited from the general public who were able to say why they felt the nominee deserved recognition in what Jamie Oliver describes as “The Oscars of the food world”

 

“We were astonished when we heard that we had made it to the final three drinks producers, but we are delighted that our traditional and our innovative ciders are getting noticed! ” said Cider Maker, Simon Day. “We are all very proud of what we have achieved with the company over the past 6 years since we started pressing our first apples, and we are so happy to be able to represent Herefordshire in these awards.”

 

The winners will be announced at the BBC Food and Farming award ceremony on the 28th November at the NEC in Birmingham.  Tickets for the event are free, and can be applied for online at the BBC Food & Farming website.

 

The good news arrives just as the company start this year’s harvest, which is described as “Challenging!”  and are also about to open a dedicated Cider and Perry shop in Ledbury, showcasing craft cider and perry from the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

 

“The Three Counties are renowned for the quality and range of cider and perry, but it can be difficult to find outlets for some of the smaller producers.  We will be offering up to 12 different draught ciders and perries on tap to fill customers own containers, as well as a large range of bottled ciders from over 30 producers in the area.” said Director, Hannah Day  “we are working hard to get the shop ready for opening by Saturday 13th October”

 

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