How it all began
Temple Cider is an enthusiastic, small-scale craft cider producer in West Dorset. We are close to the borders of both Devon and Somerset. The cider-making talent behind Temple Cider is Paul, ably assisted by Jo and our three rescue dogs.
When we moved to Temple Farm in 2014, we quickly decided to include cider making in our farming activities. Paul had experience of making wine, and Jo had experience of drinking cider, so what could go wrong?!
We converted a farm building, the old milking parlour, into a cidery, and bought a rack and cloth cider press in readiness for production. Then in the autumn of 2019 we found a supply of wonderful cider apples ready for picking in an old orchard that was inaccessible for machine picking. And so the cider-making fun began.
Real, full-juice craft cider
We make Temple Cider from 100% handpicked apples, freshly pressed here on the farm. Natural spring water flows on the farm and we make good use of this to thoroughly wash the apples prior to pressing. The cider has no additives other than a carefully-chosen cultivated yeast to ensure there are no nasty surprises in the flavour department.
We have striven to make the type of ciders that we love to drink ourselves. They are real, full-juice ciders that are delicious, refreshing and interesting.
Looking to the future, we have planted a small orchard of 35 apple trees on the farm, including Kingston Black, Katy and Black Dabinett. We will be planting further apple trees this year. The intention is to keep with small-scale cider production and we are enjoying planning future blends and cider styles that we would like to experiment with.
Our current blended cider, Milo’s Magic, was named after our dear old rescue dog, Milo. Our other dogs, Millie and Lulu, are not jealous at all.
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