ORCHARD HILL HARD CIDERS express the apples they are made from, the land those apples are grown on, and the company’s devotion to quality.
Orchard Hill’s mission to revive the tradition of authentic farm-based cider production began to be realized by partnering with Soons Orchards. This partnership expands the orchards’ 105-year history of apple growing expertise to include cider. Orchard Hill believes in quality over quantity, and the makers first and foremost create cider they like to drink. Therefore, they focus on food-friendly, drier styles that look to the great cider traditions of France, Spain, and the West Country of England for inspiration, while primarily being guided by the fruit to make quintessentially New York State cider.
Using traditional fermentation and distilling methods, Orchard Hill products are made with a minimum of intervention, and never contain concentrates or artificial flavorings of any kind. While traditional and purist in outlook, this cider mill looks to innovate, so don’t be surprised to find bottlings that pleasantly surprise. For example, the Hudson Valley-produced Ten66 is highly acclaimed and breaks new ground by offering a serious look at “Pommeau,” a traditional Norman/French aperitif.
Hospitality is paramount at the Orchard Hill Tasting Room, where guests receive a gracious welcome. Upon arrival they will find a one-of-a-kind selection of carefully curated, small batch, artisanal New York State cider, beer, wine, and spirits. Hosted at the Tasting Room are educational events, and special evenings of food, libations, and entertainment. The menus at these events offer a locavore approach, utilizing the expertise of their executive chef, trained at The Culinary Institute of America. The goal is to make optimal use of the bounty of the Hudson Valley.
Orchard Hill’s food-friendly ciders really shine when enjoyed with expertly prepared local foods, especially while relaxing in their newly expanded cidery. The inviting and comfortable event space is in sync with their thoughtful approach to cider making; featuring classic salvaged architectural details from the surrounding area, and wood surfaces harvested from the orchards to create a harmonious environment.
This is a multi-season destination, offering tastings, tours and events March through December. Spring and summer visits to the orchards are just as excitingas the fall high-season visits with the traditional harvest activities. Orchard Hill Cider Mill looks forward to welcoming you. Please check the website and Facebook page for announcements regarding hours and special events, as they are subject to change.
ORCHARD HILL CIDER MILL
29 Soons Circle
New Hampton, NY 10958
New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving (open till 1pm), Christmas
Andrew Emig, Jeffrey Soons, Carolyn duHoffmann
Andrew Emig, Jeffrey Soons,