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Ann & Norman Stanier - owners of Dragon Orchard help bring in the harvest. Our juices are all made from tree ripened, hand picked fruit.
Winners of BBC Food and Farming Best Drinks Producers
From left to right
Simon Day, Norman Stanier, Hannah Day, Pete Brown (Judge), Ann Stanier, Valentine Warner (Awards Presenter)
A sharp cider variety, ready for harvesting!
Three Counties Cider Shop
Our store in Ledbury is stocked to the rafters with not only our own produce, but cider and other drinks from 25+ other local producers from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire (and occaisional guest ciders from further afield!)
We run two novel orchard schemes - Dragon Orchard Cropsharers and a Sponsor a Tree scheme - click on the menu for details
We host a number of tours and events throughout the year, from orchard walks and cider tastings to poetry festival events and more... See our events page for more details.
Ellis Bitter cider apple.
A full bittersweet variety, with lots of tannins and rich flavours - a lovely component in many of our blended ciders
Cool autumnal mornings are perfect for picking. Here, our Blenheim Orange trees are mostly harvested.
Cider apples ripe for harvesting. We allow the fruit to fully ripen on the tree for maximum flavour in the finished cider.
We take great care with our juice apples. These Egremont Russet are destined for our Russet & Bramley juice.
Pressing the apples
Golden juice runs from the press - a modern take on the traditional rack and cloth press. We press about 4 Tonnes per day.
Some of our range photographed in the orchard at blossom time.
Three Counties Cider Shop
Our Three Counties Cider shop can be found right in the centre of our pretty market town of Ledbury - a vibrant town with loads of unique interesting shops, cafés, pubs, and attractions.
Willow Sculptures in the orchard
We offer various events throughout the year, and we regularly host artists and sculptors during The Trumpet Art Trail and H.Art
Winter in the Orchard
Orchards can be beautiful places in snowy conditions!
Earlier today (12th May 2010), we were delighted to be awarded 1st place for Best Bottle Fermented Cider or Perry at the International Cider and Perry Competition held at the Hereford Cider Museum. "Sparkling Success" Press Release can be downloaded here.
"This was the first time I had ever attempted to make a perry" explains Cider Maker Simon Day "there is a lot of mystery surrounding perry production and it is certainly more challenging than cider making, but I felt that by following traditional Champagne methods, we could achieve the best expression of flavours, delivered with elegance and finesse"
Ribston Lawn was launched in October last year to critical acclaim, but with limited numbers available it is unlikely to be available for too much longer.
"We have more from the 2009 harvest, but it takes 12 months ageing on yeast lees in bottle to reach a perfect balance of fruit and bready, brioche notes" adds Simon "so come and get it while you still can!"
The Ribston Lawn Perry is an unusual and rather special alternative to Champagne or sparkling wine and has already been selected to be served at a number of foodie weddings, particularly for those looking to source good food and drink locally.
23/24/25 Aug 2014
12/13/14 Oct 2014
20/21 Oct 2014
Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival
Ludlow Food Festival
Abergavenny Food Festival
Castle Green Hereford
In February 2005, Dragon Orchard took the positive step of planting a new orchard of over 200 trees. We wanted to create an interesting amenity orchard with diverse varieties of fruit trees which included some traditional and some new varieties of apples, pears, Mirabelle plums, greengage and quince. It has been named Dorothy's Orchard and has an interesting layout with alleyways and a place to sit, contemplate and appreciate the environment.
Dorothy's Orchard is now well established and the trees are bearing fruit. There are two options for sponsorship, which both include a visit to the orchard and one has the opportunity of collecting some fruit from the orchard in the autumn.
Option 1: 1 Year Sponsorship with fruit
|Option 2: 4 Year Sponsorship
£50 + VAT (£60.00 inc VAT)
A Herefordshire Year in the Orchard event
10.30am on Saturday 12th March at Once Upon A Tree, Dragon Orchard, Putley, HR8 2RG.
Herefordshire Year in the Orchard aims to help celebrate Herefordshire’s orchard heritage – the landscape they create, the biodiversity they support, the cultural influence they develop, the food they produce and their economic impact on the county.
As part of Herefordshire Year in the Orchard, Once Upon a Tree will be hosting a walk and talk around Putley, to coincide with the re-opening of their shop at Dragon Orchard.
The walk will take in several of the orchards of Putley, and I will be focussing on the rich and varied history of apple-growing within our wonderful Parish”, said Norman Stanier of Dragon Orchard. “Afterwards there will be opportunities for free tastings of our ciders, perries and apple juices at our Orchard Shop!”
The event is free of charge and open to everyone – warm clothing and sensible footwear are recommended. Meet at Dragon Orchard, Putley, at 10.30am. More information on this and other Year in the Orchard events during 2011 is available here
Once Upon a Tree have put together a programme of events for 2011. explains director Simon Day "We begin with ‘The Wonder of Putley’, which will include a walk and talk through local orchards to The Wonder, a huge landslip that occurred on the Marcle Ridge in 1575, enveloping a chapel at nearby Kinnaston. This will be followed by a tasting and talk on the making of its namesake, The Wonder dessert pear wine, which we make at Dragon Orchard from fruit grown in Putley.”The event is free of charge and open to everyone – warm clothing and sensible shoes are recommended. The Once Upon a Tree shop at Dragon Orchard will be open especially after the event, and is open by appointment at other times. The shop will reopen regularly Wednesday-Sunday 10am-3pm on 12th March, to coincide with the next Year in the Orchard event, a History of Orcharding in Putley. More information on this and other events during 2011 is available here.