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

We’re passionate about great quality cider and perry, 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 50,000 litres of cider or perry per year, including previous entrants.

The awards are taking a break in 2024 but we’ll be back in 2025 so if you want to keep up to date with what’s going on then sign up here.


Tom Moon, Moons’ Cider, 2022 Gold Winner.

The prize packages are awarded to 3 cider makers, 1 Gold winner and 2 Silver runners up, and include:

For the Gold winner:

  • A £500 Vigo voucher
  • A listing at your most local Stable Pizza
  • A listing at The London Cider House
  • An opportunity to blend 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.

For the Silver winners:

All winners will also receive:

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

Please also see our rules for entrants.

“It was a real honour to be able to taste some of the more forward thinking and progressive cider makers at last year’s Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards. The amount of discussion that ensued between the judges was a great indication of the quality of the cider but also of the many aspects that cider makers need to cover. They must want to grow, whether it is in size or quality, must give great attention to labels, both legally and design wise. Must leave the judges feeling that they really do want to “make a go of things” progress. If you think as a maker this is you, then this is the award to go for.”

Tom Oliver, Oliver’s Cider and Perry, member of the 2022 judging panel.

“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 2022 and 2023 judging panel.

Thank you to our sponsors, Vigo, The Bag In Box Shop, The Stable and The London Cider House for their support and donations to the prizes.