Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Vale Cider Products

Q. How many apples go into a bottle of Vale Cider?

A. It all depends upon the size of the apple and how good it is at providing juice when pressed. With the mix of apple varieties we use, it is usually about 13 apples per 500ml bottle.

Q. How long will a bottle of Vale Cider keep unopened?

A. All our bottles have a Best Before date on the label or the cap. At the time of bottling we give a Best Before date 18 months ahead.

Q. Are Vale Ciders suitable for vegans and vegetarians?

A. Yes. Our ciders do not contain any animal products and are suitable both for vegetarians and vegans.

Q. Are Vale Ciders suitable for people with coeliac disease?

A. Yes. Our ciders do not contain any gluten and are suitable for people with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.

Q. What is the best temperature for serving Vale Cider?

A. Whatever you enjoy best! Some people like cider poured over ice, some enjoy it at room temperature. Our own view is that it tastes best at around 10C (50F) so that it is nicely cool and refreshing whilst not being so cold that it is difficult to appreciate the flavours.

FAQs about Vale Cider apples and the orchards

Q. What is the best variety of cider apple?

A. The best ciders are usually made from a mix of different apple varieties that each contribute different flavour components and give a balance of sweetness, acidity and tannins – and, of course, everyone has their own ideal balance of these flavours. That having been said, the Kingston Black apple is a variety that offers a superb balance of these flavours for lovers of traditional, tannic ciders. We grow Kingston Black trees in our Vale Cider orchards.

Q. Is Vale Cider an organic farm?

A. We are not an organic farm but we always use environmentally responsible approaches. We very, very rarely spray any of our trees. We plant disease-resistant trees whenever possible and we encourage insects such as ladybirds and lacewings to help control pests.

FAQs about Vale Cider Business

Q. How long have you been making Vale Cider?

A. As a family we have made cider for years on a small scale for ourselves and friends. We started selling to the public in summer 2015 and have gradually increased our production since then.

Q. Do you press apples for other people?

A. Yes. We are able to press apples at the beginning or end of one of our days of pressing during the autumn. We would need the apples delivered to us and containers for the juice. Please contact us if you want to discuss this possibility.

Q. Do you do talks about cider-making?

A. Yes. We are always happy to give talks about cider-making. We have a projector that we can bring. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this possibility.

Q. Do you do group visits?

A. We do not do group visits to the cider mill or orchards. We are, however, always happy to give friendly advice about any aspect of cider-making or our products.

FAQs about Making Cider

Q. How do you tell when apples are ripe?

One sentence answer. Simple clues to apple ripeness are the ease with which apples come off the branches and the darkness of the apple’s pips but an iodine test is more precise.

Full answer with video clips and images – click here.

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