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!

The Essentials




6144 State Route 30
Esperance, NY 12066

Troy Tasting Room:
45 3rd Street
Troy, NY 12180





Thurs–Fri: 5–9pm
Sat: 12–9pm
Sun: 12–5pm


New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Tasting Fee

$5.00 for 7; $20.00 for all with glass



Farm Acreage

8.4 acres


800–1,000 cases


Peter and Kirsten Voelker


Peter and Kirsten Voelker

Cider/Mead Maker

Peter Voelker