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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!
The awards were presented in front of Herefordshire’s leading players in the food, drink and tourism industries at the Flavours of Herefordshire gala dinner held on Friday 21st October.
The Flavours of Herefordshire Awards Scheme recognises the best use and promotion of local produce, and is judged on the company’s overall performance and ethos as well as the quality of it’s products.
Currently pressing their 5th harvest, this award gives recognition to Once Upon A Tree’s commitment to producing quality produce that celebrates the heritage & culture of Herefordshire orchards and cider-making, whilst creating a sustainable future for its own 22 acres of orchard in Putley.
What an honour! We’re all absolutely over the moon with this award!" said Cider Maker Simon Day “We are incredibly proud of our Herefordshire roots, the landscape and people that make our county so special, and we try our very best to capture the essence of Herefordshire in every bottle, and every pint that we produce!”
“Jean-Christophe was very complimentary and we chatted for some time about how we make our cider and what Herefordshire means to us. He was so impressed, he asked to use our cider in his demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre at the Flavours Festival and he actively promoted them to the audience!”
This year has seen the company gain major awards at the International Cider Competition, Bath & West show, Three Counties Show, and only last week saw their own Dragon Orchard gain an RHS Silver-Gilt award in the inaugural RHS Pomona awards.
It has particular significance to us to win this award during the Herefordshire Year in the Orchard." adds Simon "We have been running Year in the Orchard events every month throughout the year, which have been so successful, we are now considering more for 2012 too!"