Cider has been made in Stoke Gabriel, Devon and the surrounding area for hundreds of years. Our small cider house is surrounded by ancient orchards, with an abundance of beautiful, old gnarled apple trees.
We make small batches of cider using the apples'natural sugars and wild yeasts on the skin. The cider is 100% apple juice with no sulphites or additional yeasts being added. Our unadulterated cider is a pure expression of the soil and climate of where we live.
Our cider is wildness in a bottle. It is natural and in tune with its surroundings. The fermentation involves minimal intervention, allowing the natural process to take place in its own time. The cider is left on its lees (sediment) for as long as possible to enable the apples to impart their full flavour.
Apples used include Paignton Marigold, Bickington Grey and Tom Putt. All are Devon apple varieties.
Yarde cider is still made the traditional way, by wrapping the apple pulp in cloths and gently squeezing it to maximize the flavours and aromas contained within the fruit.
Yarde's unique terroir
Gentle cooling breezes drift off the tidal River Dart making the early mornings look magical. Often cooling mists roll up the valley, tinged with a slight saltiness on the air, onto the surrounding lush green hills and into the orchards. Later the sun usually burns off the cooler air providing perfect growing conditions for the surrounding orchards.
The soil is a deep rich colour which the apple trees absorb through their roots, imparting their minerals and nutrients into the apples which make our cider taste so distinct.