Recognising and celebrating excellent quality whole juice ciders from around the UK.

Following the success of the 2020 / 2021 awards, we’re thrilled to announce that the Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards are back and now open for entries.

We’re passionate about great quality cider, made the right way, so we have created a competition slightly different to the rest, that offers prizes that are helpful and feedback that is actionable.

It’s FREE to enter and open to cider makers producing between 3,000 and 15,000 litres of cider per year.


Key dates

  • Jan 2022 – entries open
  • Feb 28th – entries close
  • Mar 7th – samples deadline
  • Mar 21st – shortlist announced
  • April – winners announced.

Breakthrough Awards

“Winning the Breakthrough Awards not only gave us validation and confirmation that we were doing the right thing, but also gave us access to a network of experts for advice, feedback, inspiration and guidance. The prizes themselves have been great, with the Vigo voucher enabling us to up our output, which was lucky as our orders increased significantly over the duration of the award. It has had a hugely positive impact on our business. Any cider makers with ambitions for growth should definitely apply”

Kingsley Ash, Thornborough Cider, 2020/21 Gold Winner.


The 2022 prize packages which will be awarded to 3 cider makers, 1 Gold winner and 2 Silver runners up, will include:

For all winners:

  • A 12 month listing at Darts Farm, Devon
  • A listing at your most local Stable Pizza
  • Mentoring from our cider makers, including a tour of our site

For the Gold winner:

  • A £500 Vigo voucher
  • A Sandford Orchards x winner limited edition cider
  • A visit to the winner’s site by our cider makers to offer practical help and advice about set up.

Moreover, everybody who enters will receive thorough, detailed, actionable feedback on their entry.

Please also see our rules for entrants.


“It was a joy to be part of these utterly unique and crucial Breakthrough Cider Awards.  To give small cider makers not only a platform to shine, but to have real financial and technical support is fabulous.  Bravo to Sandford Orchards for, not for the first time, thinking about the big picture and giving something back to the cider community.”

Gabe Cook, The Ciderologist, member of the 2020/21 judging panel.