The Lambourn Valley Cider Company was formed in December 1995 to produce real Berkshire cider from local apples. Our policy was to use fruit of all types - cookers, eaters, crab apples and even some genuine cider apples such as Dabinett - which grow in orchards and gardens and on farmland in the countryside around Newbury. We have also produced a perry - a rare enough drink anywhere and almost unheard of in Berkshire.
Whatever different varieties of fruit went into the press, they all had one thing in common - they came from trees unsullied by pesticides and growing on land free of artificial fertilisers and agrochemicals. Although we are not registered with the Soil Association, our cider and perry have been effectively organic.
The use of culinary rather than cider apples produces a drink in the tradition of Kent and East Anglia, rather than the West Country. Consequently, our ciders have tended to be fruitier and less nutty than those of Somerset and Herefordshire. On the other hand, our perry was made from what was almost certainly a genuine perry pear.
As from Autumn 2007 we decided to downsize by ceasing the production of cider and concentrating instead on making bottle-fermented perry. In 2012 we decided to cease full-scale production altogether, although we continued to make small amounts for limited distribution.
We produced no cider in 2014, but the excellent crop in 2015 persuaded us to make as much as possible. However, this is very much our last effort, as we have decided to cease production and eventually sell all our equipment.
So this year's cider is called SWANSONG. It is your last chance to taste real Berkshire cider made entirely fom local apples.
Last updated on 20 August 2016