This month I celebrated Organic September with Wyld Wood Cider and Soil association by visiting beautiful organic apple orchards in Herefordshire. I got invited on a tour to visit Westons Cider Mill that was established in 1880, and that’s where the juicy organic Wyld Wood Cider apples grow and are turned into cider.
As I’m a big fan of cider, I really enjoyed the guided tour that was followed by cider tasting and a delicious organic lunch!
WYLD WOOD CIDER
Formely known as Premium Organic, the brand was rebranded in 2011 to Wyld Wood. It is exactly the same cider but with a new fresh look and a lovely label!
With alcohol 6%, Wyld Wood cider is fully matured in old oak vats. The cider has a truly appley, fresh and full bodied taste with a ripe aroma. It’s a very refreshing kind of cider that reminds me of perfect summer days. It goes very well with food, and I imagine that it’s ideal for cooking and baking as well!
WHY CHOOSE ORGANIC
Westons has produced organic cider for over 15 years now, and Wyld Wood is a brand that comes straight from the heart of their values. It illustrates their deep passion for high quality cider, and their respect to nature and wildlife.
During our visit to the Westons Cider Milll, we got to learn more about organic produce, how it grows, and why do we need to choose organic over non organic. I’m passionate about organic, and I was so pleased to find out that Wyld Wood Cider is organic. It was also really interesting to see how Westons converted 10 acres of land into an environmentally friendly Wetlands Waste Management System, where all of their waste water is processed naturally through it creating a natural haven for wildlife. The purified water is then pumped back into the apple orchards substantially increasing the yields.
Organic means working with nature, not against it. It means higher level of animal welfare, lower level of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment – this means more wildlife! When you choose organic, whether it’s food, beauty products or textiles. You know that you are not consuming something that contains antibiotics, pesticides or additives. It also means that you are promoting a better world!
Did you know that almost 70% of antibiotics used in the EU are used in animal farming? And these antibiotics are then passed on to us through food. Shocking! Right? I understand that not everyone can afford buying organic, but think about non organic carrots that you buy. You end up peeling all the skin off to minimise the impact of the pesticides used, ending up in a smaller amount of carrots for you to eat. When I buy organic carrots, I don’t even peel the skin off and to me that means that I’m saving money, staying healthy, eating great tasting produce and helping the nature!
I was so excited to see the apple deliveries that were delivered by trucks, filled with beautiful organic red apples that day. And I loved watching how these trucks unloaded and created mountains of red apples that were ready to be turned into cider!
At the end of our tour, Harry Weston (the grandson) personally took us on a tractor ride to see the apple orchards. And that was definitely my favourite part of the trip. The orchards are so huge and beautiful, and these organic apples are just incredible! They looked so juicy and perfect!
SCRUMPY HOUSE RESTAURANT
At the end of the tour we had a delicious organic meal at Scrumpy House Restaurant (with more Wyld Wood cider!). It’s a charming restaurant located in an old cowshed. You can have a delicious homemade lunch there, or a traditional Sunday roast using locally sourced fresh Herefordshire produce. And of course get to enjoy a glass of Wyld Wood cider with your meal!
Visiting Westons farm is a great day activity, I’m now planning to take my partner there for a guided tour (he loves cider as well!) as I know that he will be very interested to learn more about cider making, and hopefully to enjoy a delicious meal at Scrumpy House Restaurant afterwards. It was an interesting experience learning more about producing cider and perry, and organic agriculture in general. So if you’re ever around in that area and you have a passion for cider making, make sure to visit Westons Cider Mill and learn more about Wyld Wood cider and how it’s made.
Many thanks for Wyld Wood Cider for inviting me to visit the Westons Cider Mill!