Clear blue sky, verdant grass and apple trees stretching off into the distance, it’s a spot where you can easily consume a quiet cider or two.
Cider is believed to be the oldest of all alcoholic drinks but despite modern innovations the technique for making it remains simple. It’s a process of picking and preparing the apples, pulping and then pressing. Yeast is added and the temperature is controlled while the product is assessed. Then it’s onto bottling and blending.
A Spreyton Cider tasting paddle is an easy introduction to the world of ciders and operations manager Damien Viney is happy to explain them.
Spreyton has been home to his family for four generations. In 1908 the family started growing apples but it wasn’t until 1998 that they decided to give juice a go with Spreyton Fresh.
With nearly two million litres of apple juice now sold each year, it was time to start experimenting with cider ferments. Spreyton Cider Co was launched in 2012 and Damien joined to create innovative yet classic craft ciders with no additional water or artificial flavours.
Five flavours of cider
Spreyton makes five delicious ciders all with distinctive flavours – Vintage, Dark, Classic, Perry and Bright. A cider tasting paddle costs $10 and it can combined with a cheese platter for another $10. Tea, coffee and juice also is available.
As well as tasting the product, you can take a self-guided tour of the orchard and see the old and more intensive new methods of apple tree growing.
Spreyton Cider Co is located on the corner of Sheffield and Melrose Roads in Spreyton, a short drive off the Cradle Coast Tasting Trail, and is open daily from 12 to 5pm. If you’d like to know more about Tasmania cider, explore the Tasmanian Cider Trail.