Cider: An Ancient Beverage


It’s official. December was the warmest since records began in 1910. It was also one of the wettest. This unseasonable  weather put our schedule for picking and processing apples in a constant state of flux. We began picking dessert fruit to press for apple juice a good three weeks earlier than in previous years. By the middle of December, cider apples, that last year we were harvesting in January, were already beginning to rot on the ground. Despite this, we bottled nearly three thousand litres of apple juice and our first batch of cider is fermenting nicely.

Cider is one of the oldest fermented beverages in the world. No-one knows when cider production first began, but it has provided humans with a safe drink for centuries.
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Apple Juice And Cider-Making Workshops

Tipping the pomace into the bladder press

Learn how to make your own delicious apple juice or cider.

Orchard Origins is running a number of workshops during the apple picking season on apple juice processing and cider-making.  The one-day introductory courses will take place at Houghton Court, a 200 acre working farm and Care farm, where we have helped plant an orchard of 250 mixed apple and pear varieties. It also where we have our fully-equipped Juicing Shed.

These are practical, hands-on courses that will teach you everything you need to know from tree to bottle.

At the end of the day you will take away your own blend of cider or juice to share with family and friends.

Apple Juice Processing Workshop 

Saturday 24 October 2015

Houghton Court, Hereford HR1 3HZ

10am to 4pm

£60/£50 Trust members

Cider Making Workshop

Saturday 21 November 2015 and Saturday 9 January 2016

Houghton Court, Hereford HR1 3HZ

10am to 4pm

£60/£50 Trust members

If you would like to get more details or book a place on a course please contact Julia Morton or Laurence Green on 01432 356872 or book online at

How Herefordshire Helped Save the British Cider Industry


There has been a strong tradition of cider-making throughout Herefordshire for over three-hundred-and-fifty years. The county still accounts for over half the cider produced in the UK.  The earliest written  mention of cider can be found in Hereford Cathedral’s famous Chained library in the Wycliffe Bible.  Today’s cider and perry industry owes much to Herefordshire and in particular a few influential and passionate men who played a crucial role in its development. Continue reading

Traditional Orchards Under Threat By EU Ruling


Cider has been produced on these shores for centuries – in fact longer than any other alcoholic drink.  In the last decade, there has been a resurgence in cider-making with many small artisan producers entering the market. The National Association of Cider Makers estimates there are about 480 active cider and perry makers currently in the UK.  An  EU ruling could force many of the smaller operations to cease production.  In its wake, it will also hasten the demise of our traditional orchards and the important natural habitats they support. Continue reading

Apple Juice and Cider Making Courses 2014/15



Orchard Origins is running a series of apple juice and cider making courses.

They are one day practical courses that will equip you with all you need to know to make your own delicious and unique apple juice or cider.

At the end of the day you will take away your own blend of cider or juice to share with family and friends.

The cost of the course is £50 and runs from 10a.m. till 4p.m.


Courses and Dates

Apple juice production:                       11th September and 2nd November 2014

Cider production:                                  13th and 23rd November 2014

Apple juice and cider production:     5th and 16th October 2014 and 24th January 2015



For bookings and further information please contact Julia or Laurence at or call 01432 356872




All The Fun Of The Fair


The sun shone and the cider flowed.  The annual Spring Greens Fair at the Court of Noke just outside Pembridge, north Herefordshire was Orchard Origins first festival of the year. Our draught cider, Harry Marstons, a medium dry, and Browns a dry cider both proved very popular. Our bottled cider, a mellow combination of Harry Marstons and Browns, also sold well.

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We will be selling our products at other fairs and festivals across Herefordshire during the summer.  Details will be posted on the blog, our Facebook page and on Twitter. Please come and support us.