Once 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.