Every craft cidery has its own unique story. You don’t exactly fall into cidermaking, which means that passion and commitment is at the heart of it all. Any craft lover will tell you that a visit to the tasting room; a sip of fresh-off-the-tap cider, and a conversation with the cidermaker or someone their team is the best way to experience the art of craft cider. Use the information below to learn about individual cideries and get inspired to start planning your very own cider trail.
Cider making on the farm is a process of discovery; a combination of ecology, chemistry, alchemy, engineering, wishful thinking, old world wisdom, farm ingenuity and experimentation. At Ravens Moon Craft Cider, you’ll find twelve varieties of adventurous craft cider.
Brickers Cider is a 100% family owned and operated farm in Sechelt, Sunshine Coast. Crafting crisp, dry ciders using Sunshine Coast and BC apples, they love trying something different.
Our family has proudly been growing apples here since 1946. Today we grow more than two dozen varieties including modern dessert apples, nearly forgotten heritage cultivars, and vintage cider fruit. These sugar-laden fruit are hand-harvested and slowly fermented into delicious craft ciders which we blend, bottle, and share at our orchard ciderhouse.
Our acres of old, standard apple trees clean the air, capture carbon, provide animal habitat, and of course – produce an abundance of delicious apples perfect for crafting into cider.
Southern Gulf Islands
First we chose great heritage apple varieties with a century-plus track record here on Salt Spring Island. Then we added modern, naturally disease-resistant varieties that never quite caught on, despite their great qualities. Then quirky varieties from around the world that make it easy to see how the apple really is Earth’s greatest fruit. We sought out traditional cider varieties that may be virtually inedible fresh, but sure add character as part of craft cider. And then we added more of each. And more. And more.
After seven years of this, we surpassed 365 varieties in our orchard: truly an apple a day. And now beyond 450. Yes, it’s our obsession.
A family run business making high quality small batch cider on a heritage farm in the Okanagan Valley. Farmstrong’s tasting room is housed in a historic barn built in 1896 which has been home to cattle, teams of horses and now houses a cidery and tasting room.
A boutique cidery located in Osoyoos B.C. With fruit grown on the property, everything from harvesting to bottling happens on-site. This hands-on approach allows for quality control at every step of the way, resulting in ciders that are crisp, clean and refreshing.
Southern Gulf Islands
Gabbie’s Premium Cider is handcrafted on Gabriola Island. Nearly 100 years ago, B.C.’s Gulf Island farmers concocted exceptional hard cider. Legend has it, those makers then journeyed out to sea to share their libations with the mainland. To those Cider Makers, we salute you. Today we join you.
Gabbie’s Premium Ciders are perfected by Ravenskill Orchards at our unique island location. Amongst 1,000 heritage trees, 25 varieties of apples, grow fresh, crisp, sun-kissed and gently-breezed by the salty sea air. We are a family of farmers, sea lovers and makers crafting the best small batch premium cider the Gulf Island have enjoyed since prohibition. A distinct taste and cider experience.
Rooted in BC and made with 100% fresh pressed apple juice, using traditional cider making techniques including cider-specific apples, cold slow fermentation and long maturation. Visit their family-friendly tasting room between April and September.
Coming Soon! Kootenay Cider Works is a small, mountainside cidery located in Nelson BC. A boutique cider house, if you will, making cider crafted from apples grown in the Nelson area, as well as from a small orchard in Kelowna.
The founder and cidermaker, Chris Schmidt, started Tod Creek Craft Cider in Victoria, then handed those reins over in 2020 to be able to focus on starting Kootenay Cider Works.
We’re almost done…construction has been a fun but slow two year process. And with 2.5 acres of apple trees planted to expand our orchard-in-mountains, our cidery will keep growing.
Family-owned and operated by sisters Theresa and Kate, Left Field focuses on a small batch approach to traditional cider-making which brings out the natural characteristics of the apples. We make handcrafted, artisanal English-style cider by blending English and French cider varieties with BC dessert apples.
Merridale is BC’s first established craft cidery, located in the heart of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. From the orchard to the glass, every step is meticulously managed to deliver character-driven products, including easy-drinking and sessionable flagship and seasonal ciders.
We are a family run cidery located in Summerland on an orchard that was once known to be part of Millionaires’ Row. Growing both cider and dessert apples, we carefully blend them into our fine line of hand crafted ciders. Each cider tells a part of the Millionaires’ Row story and Summerland’s early days.
Our ciders are made from 100% local fruit and nothing else. Naramata Cider Company crafts ciders that are testament to the elements that make them sing: the fruit, the people who grow it, and the place that makes it all happen.
We are a farm-to-glass Summerland, BC craft cidery passionate about making cider the way it was traditionally crafted; by hand with only fresh pressed apples and pears. We are devoted to producing exceptional cider made only from local apples and pears grown by us and our dedicated farming partners in the Okanagan-Similkameen region of BC.
Orchard Hill’s family business is located between Oliver and Osoyoos on the Golden Mile bench, with 14 acres of high-density, high quality fruit bearing trees. Eight acres are purely for dessert apples, boasting the succulent flavours of pure Okanagan apples.
Southern Gulf Islands
Salt Spring Wild developed out of a passion to create quality cider from the wild apples that grow on Salt Spring Island. Apples are from 100-year-old heritage trees, organic orchards, and wild trees.
Scenic Road Cider Co. is a land-based cidery nestled in the heart of the Glenmore Valley, near Kelowna. Apple and cherry orchards surround the historic cidery and tasting room, with picnic tables dotted throughout.
We are a community-minded, farm-based family business growing certified organic cider apples and producing award-winning cider. We aim to create exceptional cider experiences and to make a positive environmental impact!
A farm-based craft cidery located in the Okanagan Valley. All cider-specific varieties and most dessert apples are grown, pressed, fermented, and bottled right on the farm.
Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
Taves Family Farms can be found on a scenic road in Abbotsford, where its location on an escarpment boasts an unparalleled view of the Fraser Valley. Every year thousands of families come to the Applebarn, for a great family-friendly farm experience and for the Upick apple and pumpkin farm. Now, the same great apples they pick can be enjoyed as a great hard cider.
Handcrafted in small batches using 100% BC apples. English and French cider apples are blended with crisp dessert apples for balance, revealing apple fresh aromatics and subtle tannins. Grown, picked, pressed, fermented, blended, and bottled on-site at Truck 59.
Twisted Hills Craft Cider is the only cidery in BC with a full lineup of Certified Organic ciders made with organic, estate-grown cider apples. Situated on a 12-acre orchard in the Similkameen Valley.
We produce our complex organic cider with depth and integrity. The best organic apple varieties are chosen, that are stored in controlled atmosphere giving a flavor like no other cider. Our production facility and tasting room is on our own Certified Organic Farm (SunReal Organics)in Kelowna, BC where we are committed to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. Not only do we use our own organic apples, but we also incorporate our own organic fruit and fruit from other farmers in the area.
Wards is a 5th generation family-owned business. Both cider apples and wine grapes are grown on the family estate. While our ciders take on the name of family’s pioneering forefather George Ward, the wines we make from our grapes are labelled under The View Winery label. From the orchard, to the bottle or can, every glass of Wards cider is an expression of our land and our people. We are proud to plant and grow our own apples and craft and package all of our ciders in-house.