Profile of the Month – Willie Smith’s Organic Apple Cider

Andrew & Ian Smith

Andrew & Ian Smith

Willie Smith’s Organic Apple Cider, restoring the glory of apples in The Apple Isle!

A finalist in this year’s Australian Organic Annual Awards for Excellence in the Best Product, non-food category, Willie Smith’s Organic Cider 18 Varieties limited edition also took out top accolades at the Australian Cider Awards, winning Best in Show, Best Cider & Best Australian Cider or Perry.

William Smith, son of convict parents, settled in Tasmania’s Huon Valley in the 1800’s and planted the first apple tree for the orchard still in use today in 1888.  The farm has remained in the family and is now into the 3rd & 4th generation of orchardists in Ian & Andrew Smith.  Comprising 115 acres and situated 45 minutes south of Hobart, the farm is the largest organic apple orchard in Australia.

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After perfecting the craft of growing great apples over the generations, the idea of producing another great product was born – organic apple cider.  An organic cidery, the first of its kind in Australia, has been built on the property and the apples make up 99% of the cider produced.  Following in the tradition of the farmhouse ciders of Northern France, a unique and complex cider is produced using a blend of apples left to develop and mature on the tree to boost flavour & sugar levels.

Converted from an original apple shed built in 1942, The Apple Shed Museum, Ciderhouse & Providore in Grove is a popular spot for locals & tourists alike.  Giving the fascinating history of the Huon Valley’s apple heritage, it also contains the full range of Willie Smith’s products, a café with simple regional fare and the providore provides an outlet for local producers to showcase their wares.  It also hosts many musical and other special events.

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A recent addition to the Willie Smith product range has been a collaboration with renowned whisky distiller Bill Lark to produce a limited edition Whisky Aged cider, with the cider sitting in Lark distillery casks for 7 months before bottling.

For more information visit the William Smith & Sons website:  williamsmith&sons.com.au

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