Handcrafted farm-to-bottle cider. The apple has been on a journey from the Heavenly Mountains for thousands of years, with such delicious success. Come to the Valley and experience it for yourself.

What?

What is an apple?
An apple is the little black dress of the culinary world; it goes with everything. Whether used in an appetizer, salad, soup, entrée or dessert, an apple is the epicenter of sweet, sour, acid and mouthfeel. Of course, it can also be a delicious beverage. Cider, for example…

What is cider?
Cider is fermented apple juice. All the flavor and joie de vivre nature can pack into a fruit, hosting a party for millions of super social yeast. Performed well, the result can be a delightful waypoint on a fruit’s millennia-old journey.

Historically, cider hasn’t attracted the same fanfare as its friends wine and beer. In fact, it’s largest jumps in popularity have had more to do with technological innovation (especially manufacturing and transportation) than with any real change to cider itself. It behooves a curious cider enthusiast to ask ‘why’. Apples are more versatile than most fruit, so why handcuff them to remain second-fiddle to other admittedly delicious beverages? As cider, apples can evolve. And it has such potential.

What is a valley?
A valley is where the characteristics of a region flow and collect; it’s a meeting place for what makes somewhere special. How this beauty manifests in what is grown and produced here is its terroir.

What is Valley Cider?
We’re a valley… literally. Our 27 acre farm includes fertile pastures, lush forests of maple, fir and cedar, converging hills filled with wonderful botanicals and berries, and wetlands of spring water flowing into creeks that run north and south simultaneously. Magical. Our region has historically been a prodigious agricultural community, including a long tradition of growing apples. You can see where I’m going with this…. It would be criminal not to make cider here. The opportunity wasn’t only to realize the terroir of this land through an orchard of heritage fruit but also the privilege to marry everything on it that speaks to cider.

Welcome to Valley Cider.

Why?

Because I can…. create cider, that is. Valley Cider is an exercise & commitment to discover an apple’s potential; a one-man show from farmer’s field to sparkling bottle. Plus my wife. And some volunteers. And gracious neighbors, family & friends. And even a few passers-by who seemed harmless enough.

Having the good fortune to be located in a veritable apple wonderland (BC) and more specifically a region steeped in rich apple history (Cowichan Valley), doesn’t hurt either. Almost everything needed to produce extraordinary cider is local, if not within arm’s reach. Cider has the additional bragging rights of being able to use all those ‘ugly’ fruits that stores eschew. Drink cider, save the world. Kinda.

It all evolved through this cidermaker’s years of trials and tribulation from “I wonder if I can make cider with this…” to “wow, that’s good…. wonder if I can replicate that?” And the answer is yes.

Ciders

Bon-Dri (pronounced bOWn-drAHH) – Absolutely fully dry, zero sugar. Very light, delicate sparkle… almost more Prosecco than cider. A wonderful base for sangria, cocktails  and creating spritzers with a craft soda or fruit juice.

Wait What? – Off-dry, medium sparkle. Named for the experience of starting a cidery. Pairs wonderfully with watching clouds pass by.

Humulus Lupulus Hopped – Best in a glass so the hops fill the nose, followed by crisp off-dry cider. Two experiences in one delicious drink. Ideal when cooking with fire.

Cidrus Bittered – Infused with zest from grapefruit, lemon and orange so the natural oils create an exquisite citrus bittering. Perfect with spicy and aromatic foods where a drink needs to hold its own.

Love Potion – Rose petals, lavender and damiana fuse into flavors which are more than the sum of their parts. May be magical, and at the very least uniquely delicious.

Cider Noir – Blackberries, black cherries and black grapes blended with handcrafted cider to create a juicy mystery of which delight you taste first.

Winter – Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, vanilla and maple syrup introduced with  off-dry cider to produce a flavor experience that will earn its place on your palate.

Wildly-Dri – two wild-fermented ciders blended just right to provide heritage tannin, phenolics and flavors alongside a delightfully bright sparkle to toast any occasion.

Ginnish – select gin botanicals that work so wonderfully in cider to build a flavor profile evocative of gin, but definitely with its own uniquely irresistible charisma.

All ciders packaged in 330ml amber bottles, so you can joyously share and sample every one. Or small enough that you won’t feel bad telling your friends to go get their own.

Where?

Valley Ciders are available at the cidery and also:

Cowichan Valley

Alderlea Farm Cafe

Beverly Corners Liquor Store

Small Block Brewery

The Ainslie Restaurant

Victoria

Cascadia Liquor Store (Quadra, Eagle Creek)

Hank’s A Restaurant

Northern Quarter

Sherwood

Spinnakers Spirit Merchants

The Strath Liquor Store

Vessel Liquor Store

Langford

Cascadia Liquor Store (Langford)

Nanaimo/Nanoose Bay

Cascadia Liquor Store (Nanoose Bay)

Courtenay/Comox

Cascadia Liquor Store (Courtenay)

 

Don’t see a location near you where delicious Valley Ciders can be found? Well, speak up & be heard my friend!

Contact

Address
7661 Mays Road, Cowichan Valley BC

Hours
1 – 4pm Saturday & Sunday or by appt

Telephone
250-510-1018

Email
enjoy@valleycider.com