Gregg's Pit Cider & Perry
- Wheelchair Access
- Harvest Days
Orchard walks, tutored tastings & tours by prior arrangement
Gregg's Pit is one of the venues for The Big Apple festivities.
Home orchard & around the fermenting shed
Sells Gregg's Pit products
Train: Ledbury, 7 miles
Bus: Ledbury/Gloucester bus stops in the village of Much Marcle, about 0.5km away
Tutored cider/perry making by appointment. So far this has been limited to friends and family who give of their labour in return for "payment in kind" of lunch and 25 litres of pressed juice to ferment if they wish.
Gregg's Pit plans to run courses for small groups of up to 3-5 people by appointment @ £30 per person/day, including lunch and juice, as above.
weekends only by appointment
Vary according to event booked.
Min age tastings: 18
Get in Touch
Tel: 01531 660687
Established in 1994 by James Marsden, Gregg's Pit makes artisan cider and perry using 100% juice from traditional Herefordshire orchards managed to organic standards.
In the cider heartlands of Much Marcle, the cottage and traditional orchard have been on this site since 1785. The name comes from a marl pit in one of the orchards which, legend, says, supplied the lime mortar to point the stonework of the local 13th century church of St Bartholemew.
The 1990s saw James spend time bringing the somewhat derelict orchard back to life, identifying his cider and perry trees as he went, and planting 25 new trees. Joined by Helen Woodman in 1998, in 2003 they became only the second cider and perry producer in Herefordshire to be awarded the Protected Geographical Indication – equivalent to wine's coveted appellation controlée designation.
Perry has become a particular specialty, with Gregg's Pit draught perry scooping up the Champion Perry award in the Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials 12 times since 1996
- Thorn Draught Perry 2009 – Gold Champion Perry, 2010 CAMRA W Midlands Beer & Cider Awards
- Draught Cider - Joint Overall Champion, 2010 Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials
- Draught Perry - Overall Champion, 2010 Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials
- Gregg's Pit Perry – Gold Champion, 2009 CAMRA W Midlands Perry Competition
Key annual events
- Big Apple at Blossomtime & Harvest Time – it is one of the venues
- Ross-on-Wye Cider Festival – www.rosscider.com
- The orchards are managed for the benefit of local wildlife, landscape and cultural tradition as well as to provide vintage fruit.
- Gregg's Pit joined the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in 1992. Many of the new trees planted were grown from graft wood taken from some of the older trees of local varieties.
- The spent pomace (off the press) is recycled as feed for our neighbour's Hereford cattle.
Gregg's Pit supports the RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society
The Three Counties Cider & Perry Association, The Three Counties Perry Presidium (a Slow Food Project), Visit Herefordshire