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Oliver's Cider & Perry

Oliver’s Cider and Perry House produce fine, distinguished perries and ciders, in small batches. Each vintage has its own unique character.

Herefordshire’s deep, rich, sandstone-derived clay and loam soil, and its usual daytime sunshine and gentle night time rain, are all perfectly suited to the growing of cider apples and perry pears. Blend in hundreds of years of artisan cider production, and you have the tastiest, most complex ciders and perries available anywhere.

Cider has been produced on the farm in Ocle Pychard for at least three centuries. These quintessentially English drinks are still produced the way they were centuries ago.

Oliver's Cider and Perry House crafts its products in small batches, using fresh (mostly hand-picked) unsprayed fruit, with minimal intervention. These ciders and perries are distinctive and handsomely presented, respecting the great heritage and traditions of the past but with an eye to innovating for the future.

Oliver's strivese to produce premium products, while valuing the health and well being of its consumers, its employees, the earth's natural resources, and the environment. In fact, Oliver's have created a charter that they hope all cider makers will follow. Its tenets are these:

• To help secure the future of UK orchards and their ecosystems
• Preserve the integrity of cider and perry as valuable products of recognised quality using only UK fruit
• Declare ingredients (with traceability), based on a minimum juice content of 85%, control and minimise additives and use only natural products.

To that end, Oliver's products are made from 100% fresh pressed juice, with no artificial flavorings or additives. The fruit is unsprayed and usually from orchards that are grazed through the year by cattle and sheep.

The pears and apples are picked at full ripeness, sometimes stored to mature further, then washed, milled and, whenever necessary, macerated, before being pressed, and then fermented by wild yeasts and aged in old oak barrels for up to 10 months, before being blended and then bottled or released on draught. Sulphites are used sparingly.

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