Napton Cidery are celebrating a successful summer with a whole raft of awards.
The craft cidery, based in Napton-on-the-Hill, has scooped Great Taste Awards for three of its recipes, No. 4, No.5 and Lost Apple Cider as well as earning International Cider Challenge Silver and Bronze Awards for No.5 and No. 3.
Their success comes after they received the Artisan Drink Producer Award at the 2022 Coventry and
Warwickshire Foodie Awards.
Charlotte Olivier, who runs the cidery with husband Jolyon, said: “We’re so passionate about the drinks we produce here so it is immensely satisfying for them to be recognised again in this way.
“It’s particularly lovely for No. 5 to win an award. It’s a great fruit cider and the only one that we’re aware of on draught that is made with real fruit, not from concentrate.
“Up until more recently people didn’t mind the fruit ciders being made out of concentrate whereas these days people are more discerning and want a real craft fruit cider that’s made from real juice and is still competitively priced despite that.”
Jolyon added: “It ticks all the boxes for what the consumer wants. I think cider drinkers are spoilt for choice these days and fussier than they used to be – and they can be! People are also starting to think about the environment and a big consideration with cider making is about the countryside and sustainability.”
The couple were first introduced to the taste of craft cider on a family holiday to Cornwall nine years ago. Returning home with an apple tree, they started experimenting in their back garden and now their team harvests, presses, bottles and distributes more than 150,000 litres of craft cider a year, using 17 types of apples from six orchards across the Herefordshire region.
They also produce limited-edition ciders and perry as well as juices, spirits and vinegars and have opened a popular taproom that stages events including live comedy, music and tastings
As well as the addition of new staff, the cidery has invested in new products, including an Apple Cider Brandy, branded glasses and cider in cans and kegs. They are now planning to further upgrade and streamline their production facilities to bring more of the cider-making process in house.
Jolyon said: “We are continually looking to build upon our success and over the next five to ten years we’d like to increase our cider production tenfold, to manufacturing and selling one million litres nationally.”
To find out more about Napton Cidery and their upcoming events, visit their website here.