HELDERBERG MEADWORKS began in 2012 producing a single mead with a mission: to bring truly handcrafted mead to the people. That mead was called Heritage and the people welcomed it with open arms. It quickly became clear that Helderberg could spread their creative wings and introduce more varieties to the market. Apple Mead was born!
While creating the local sourced cyser, Helderberg was creating an amazing hard cider as part of the process. So with the same passion and vigor, meadmaker Peter Voelker set forth perfecting his hard cider craft by applying the knowledge and experience he gained while developing Helderberg Meadworks’ many varieties of mead.
Over the past couple of years, Helderberg’s hard cider was introduced on a limited basis while Peter was building the new tasting room where his ciders are now exclusively available. Helderberg’s philosophy of using all-natural ingredients as much as possible extends to their ciders which are handcrafted to suit the makers’ personal tastes. This natural approach brings out the best fresh-apple flavors possible, resulting in ciders that stand out remarkably well in the crowded marketplace.
Helderberg’s Classic Semi-Dry hard cider is distinct. It is aged for a minimum of six months using an aging process that provides micro-oxidation similar to that of a neutral cask. This allows the cider to develop its natural profile slowly. Each harvest is unique, therefore the cider is not blended from year to year. Much like the view from the tasting room, there are slight variations that are embraced each year to create a hard cider that is a truly a celebration of the apples!
This year marks the one year anniversary of the opening of the Helderberg Meadworks Meadhall! After six+ years of selling wholesale and at festivals, Helderberg is happy to have a place to call home.
Thanks to the success of Helderberg’s mead and after an exhaustive search, in 2015 the Voelker’s purchased more land to expand their small orchard and add a vineyard. While they were working hard to clear the land and plant rows of fruit, they were able to appreciate the beauty of the location and the expansive view overlooking the mountains. It was clear that this was to be the spot for the tasting room—the perfect place to relax and enjoy mead and cider.
At the new tasting room, customers can enjoy Helderberg ciders by the glass or growler, indoors or out. In addition to the Classic Semi-dry Cider and the popular Cassis Cider, there will be new products, as well as small batch experimentals to choose from. Maple, Sweet Maple, Naturally Fermented Dry, and NY Cherry Ciders will all be available this year.
Visit the Helderberg Meadhall and enjoy the beautiful view of three counties and the rolling hillside—best while sipping a glass of hard cider at sunset on the porch.
6144 State Route 30
Esperance, NY 12066
Thurs, Fri, 5–9pm
New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
$5.00 for 7; $15.00 for all with souvenir glass