The History of Cider

The History of Cider

Have you ever cracked open a bottle of Sandford Orchards cider and wondered about the history of this wonderful drink? You’re not alone – we are often asked about the origins of cider. Who made it first? How was it…

Breakthrough Awards

And The Winner Is…

Awards Like No Other The Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards are nothing like any other cider competition. It’s the competition that I wish I could have won when I was starting out. Without a budget, without much help and support it…

Introducing Our Vintage Collection

We are very excited to bring you a brand new collection of ciders. This is our Vintage Collection. To use the term ‘vintage’ as with wine, a cider must declare the year of harvest – every year has a distinct…

Inspiration & Hard Graf

Working with the Queen’s brewers was certainly not a pleasure I would have expected down in the old orchard land of deepest Devon. Working with them to produce an innovative cross over collaboration even less so. But on a project…

Our Latest Triple Variety Fine Cider

Y.D.B. Three Is The Magic Number Principle Cidermaker Andy May explains the art of blending our new triple variety fine cider. Harvest is just wrapping up here. You have no idea how satisfying that is to say. Whilst all cider…

Fermenting Away In A Hall Full Of Cider

Fermenting Away In A Hall Full Of Cider, With Dave Rowe – Head of Cellar. It’s no secret that we are all apple obsessed at Sandford Orchards, and although apple juice is delicious in its own right, there is a…

Hope Tastes Like Cider

A Call From The Orchards Late summer heat is the cider makers best friend. It rattles the glasses for a refill, before the long winter when many drinkers opt for beers and malt. More importantly the late sun brings up…

My First Taste Of Cider

How I Discovered Cider I still meet people who through tragic misfortune, have never tried cider. I can remember the very moment I had my first taste of cider. It was from a polythene bottle, it was mainstream and it…

Meet The Cider Makers

Meet The Cider Makers We’re always talking about our ciders and the apples that go into them but we seldom shine a light onto the people who make it all happen. In theory cider making sounds simple, but getting it…

The Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards

Why We’ve Launched The Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards

The Secret Of Our Success Not wanting to blow our own trumpet but the rate at which we’ve grown, from a hobby business in 2010 to employing 25+ within ten years is something we’re very proud of. Barny began making…