Ciders

The cider farmers in apple country are uniquely skilled growers. They understand how to take advantage of the region’s unique microclimate to produce award winning cider, a taste you will remember long after you’re done sipping! 
Explore the cideries below to find your local favorite.

Thornbury Village Cider House & Brewery

Thornbury Cider is the flagship product of Thornbury Village Cider House & Brewery. We proudly craft our cider in the midst of 7,500 acres of apple orchards, in the heart of apple country.

Thornbury Premium Cider is a truly original Canadian cider that tastes like a traditional English cider: dry, crisp and premium. It’s made with 100% fresh-pressed local apples (not from concentrate), this 5.3% ABV cider is cold filtered to maintain maximum flavour and aroma.

Great news for those with gluten sensitivity, Thornbury Premium Apple Cider is 100% gluten free. 

Available at stop #21 and select LCBOs.

The Duxbury Cider Co.

Exemplifying simpler times, The Duxbury Cider Co is the culmination of over a decade of craftsmanship into the art of cider making.

Duxbury Cider is Meaford’s first craft hard cider and is made exclusively with Georgian Bay apples, including heritage and organic varieties. This dry, crisp and flavourful cider is made in small vintage batches and is available only at select dining establishments.

So look for the trademark Percheron horse drawn wagon and order up a glass of Duxbury Cider. 

Available at stop #5 and select LCBOs.

Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery

A bold experiment in northern viticulture, Coffin Ridge Vineyard and Winery is located along the beautiful and rugged northern end of the Niagara Escarpment.

In 2008 we added cider production to our artful ways and began producing our exciting, crisp and dry Forbidden Cider. Our craft cider program has since expanded to include regular limited edition special releases exclusively available at our Tasting Bar. 

Made from 100% Grey County apples this artisanal cider is cold pressed and filtered to preserve the fresh, crisp, new harvest apple flavours.

Available at stop #28 and select LCBOs.

Ardiel Cider House - Georgian Hills Vineyard

It has been almost a century since great grandfather Leonard Ardiel first planted apple trees on the home farm.  He was succeeded by grandfather Fred who focused on expanding the orchards.  

His legacy has been perpetuated by his son John, along with his wife Lynda, and their sons Greg and Liam. They continue to grow the apple business and plant more orchards in the Beaver Valley.

The recent cider revolution has led the Ardiel family to preserve and nurture the older apple orchards to ensure Ardiel Cider House continues to produce and craft locally grown distinct and delicious ciders.

Available at stop #10 and select LCBOs.

Spy Cider House & Distillery

It has been almost a century since great grandfather Leonard Ardiel first planted apple trees on the home farm.  He was succeeded by grandfather Fred who focused on expanding the orchards.

His legacy has been perpetuated by his son John, along with his wife Lynda, and their sons Greg and Liam. They continue to grow the apple business and plant more orchards in the Beaver Valley.

 The recent cider revolution has led the Ardiel family to preserve and nurture the older apple orchards to ensure Ardiel Cider House continues to produce and craft locally grown distinct and delicious ciders. Available at stop #10 and select LCBOs.

Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery

At Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery, it’s all about the apples!

Located just 5 km north of Kimberley on the scenic Beaver Valley Road,

we ferment our cider in small batches from select varieties of heritage apples grown in our own orchard or supplied by neighbouring Georgian Bay apple growers. Every step from pressing to bottling is performed with care at our family farm.

Our cidermaking style favours minimal intervention. Our ciders naturally produce an alcohol level of about 7% abv. We do not add any sugar, alcohol or artificial flavours. Most of our ciders are lightly infused with carbon dioxide to heighten flavours. 

Available at stop #16 and online at bvcider.ca

Windswept Orchard Cider

Perched between the Beaver and Big Head River Valleys, Windswept Farm is a little slice of paradise. Naturally abundant with wild seedling apple trees, and a beautiful old grove of wild Perry pears, it seemed destined to be the home of our orchards and cider house. 

We’ve spent the past couple years grafting and planting over 1000 trees, and we’re always on the hunt for new sources and varieties of heirloom apples, pears and other edibles to add to our orchards. 

We’ve discovered many wild seedling trees (wildings) which are descendants of many of these forgotten apple varieties. 

Available online at windsweptcider.com

Grey & Gold Cider Company

We believe our role as cider makers is to guide and facilitate the natural process of fermentation with minimal intervention. We start with heritage apples grown locally in Grey County and press and ferment once a year after harvest. We allow our ciders to ferment slowly over months, not days or weeks, resulting in a cider that develops greater varietal character and complexity. We don’t use sulphites or commercial yeasts, allowing wild, native yeasts to do their work. Our award-winning cider is created using low-intervention, natural processes where the fruit is the star. 

Their current line-up includes the following delicious options: Heritage Dry, Modern Girl, Spruce of the Bruce, Northern Gold, Sparking Heritage & Wildflower. 

Available for pick-up and tastings at their bottle shop as well as select restaurants and bars in Toronto!

More info here: greyandgoldcider.com/pour-locator/

Prefer Craft Beer or Wine?

Apple country has it all, from cider to beer and wine. Make sure to visit the vineyards and breweries throughout the region as you travel the Trail. Learn how the Niagara Escarpment’s unique microclimate allows a diversity of fruit to be grown and made into your favorite beverages.