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Astley Vineyards

Within a mile of the River Severn lies Astley Vineyard, the home of Jonty Daniels and Janet Baldwin's bijou operation. Originally planted in the pioneering 1970s, at the time it was the most northerly English vineyard. When Jonty and Janet took over in the early 1990s, they continued their predecessors experimental instincts, always striving to produce wines that speak of both site and the vintage.

A visit allows a chance to taste and wander round the vineyards. Their wines are not available in supermarkets – they only have five acres – but are well worth seeking out.

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Banks's Park Brewery

The Banks family was initially in the malting business, but 34 years after starting out, Thomas Banks saw the light and switched to brewing with his son Henry in 1874. One year later they established Park Brewery, the beginning of an era. Over the years, it grew in size, acquiring other breweries along the way, floating on the Stock Market in 1964, and joining with Marstons in 1999.

Best known for its Mild Ale – one of the world's best selling beers of this style – master brewer Richard Frost also brews a few seasonal ales.

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Freedom Brewery

Originally founded in 1995 at Fulham, London, Freedom Brewery made the move to it's present location in the depths of rural Staffordshire in 1997. They're new home is not only a beautiful part of the country to visit, but their beers now benefit from their very own source of sustainable, pure limestone Spring water (that very same Burton water that's been attracting brewers to the area for hundreds of years).

Visit Freedom for a tour of the brewery and experience for yourself the time, knowledge and skill required to brew their speciality - simple, hand-crafted English lager.

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Frome Valley Vineyard

Frome Valley Vineyard is to be found at Paunton Court and is set on a gentle south-facing slope.

To quote owner Jeanie Falconer:

"Our four-acre vineyard is located among Herefordshire’s hopyards and cider orchards. You are warmly welcome to tour the vineyard, see the different trellising systems we have, and taste our delicious wines in the winery."

Still white and rosé wines are produced, from dry to medium-sweet.

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Gregg's Pit Cider & Perry

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.

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Gwatkin Cider Co.

From his farm in Abbey Dore, deep in the Golden Valley of Herefordshire, Dennis Gwatkin began making cider and perry as a hobby in 1992. His first product was a perry that was soon discovered by a CAMRA agent that same year, and subsequently won first prize at a regioanl prize at a regional festival. Suffice to say that he's been producing more and more cider varieties since then and his current product range stands at a dozen traditionally produced ciders and perries.

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H Westons & Sons

Cider tends to be a seasonal experience for most of the UK’s smaller producers, but that doesn’t mean visits need to be confined to the autumn. Set in the charmed location between the Malvern Hills, Much Marcle Ridge and the Brecon Beacons, Weston’s offers a family friendly opportunity to find out about both traditional and modern ways of making cider.

Westons produces 36m litres a year, all fermented in oak vats, albeit huge ones – Squeak (all vats have names) holds 42,000 gallons for example.

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Hereford Cider Museum

Set in a former cider-making factory, this museum is a well-researched homage to the history of the industry in Britain. A large collection of cider paraphernalia dating back to the early 18th century, combined with a working distillery, means that there’s plenty here to keep adults and children entertained for several hours.

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Little Cider Press Company

Deborah and Nigel Davies' Little Cider Press Company is what it says on the tin: a mobile cider press that travels to where the apples or pears are when necessary to do the pressing. "Make your own cider with us," Deborah tells DrinkBritain.com, adding that they can help supply the minimum 50kg fruit (two potato sacks) needed if you don't have quite enough.

With their extensive experience of making artisanal cider,  Deborah and Nigel also offer advice to others intent on creating fine cider and perry.

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Lymestone Brewery

Lymestone Brewery set up shop in the attractive Victorian building that once was Bents brewery, a stone's throw (forgive the pun) from Stone town centre in 2008. After 18 years brewing at the award-winning Titanic, Ian Bradford decided "it was time to branch out, to realise my own dreams". He knew Ron Makins socially, and asked him to help with his business plan. But Ron became so interested that they became business partners and thus Lymestone Brewery was born.

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Lyne Down Cider & Perry

Visit Lyne Down's orchards and cider house if you want to step back in time. Using long-held traditional methods, Mark Catlin and his family are producing artisan ciders and perries.

Located on the Marcle Ridge, Herefordshire's heartland of cider and perry making, Lyne Down grows 30 different cider apples and perry pears. Arriving on the scene in the mid-2000s, cider-maker Mark scooped the Best Newcomer in the 2007 Flavours of Herefordshire Awards.

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Mahorall Farm Cider

A small family farm, Malhoral specialise in making a variety of drinks from the countryside, including juices, ciders - traditional and flavoured - and syrups.

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Marston's

Marston's has been at the heart of Britain's brewing mecca, Burton, for nearly 170 years. It sustains its reputation as an upholder of tradition with energy, being the only brewer still to employ coopers and to use Burton Union sets to ferment its beers – opposing regiments of casks connected with shiny pipes to a long, open-topped fermenting trough. In recognition of the respect they are held in, the room holding six pairs is known as the "cathedral". 

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National Brewery Centre

Hosting the International Brewing Awards every other year puts The National Brewery Centre on the global map, as well as offering visitors a chance to taste the Wide World of Beer with its International Festival of Beer on 15-17 Feb. Throw in good music, the wonderful shire horses and a chance to Meet the Brewer, and there's much to enjoy. Tickets available on the door.

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Oliver's Cider & Perry

Go to any cider & perry competition and I'll bet you good money that Tom Oliver will be on the podium. How he manages to keep up this quality alongside his other day job – tour manager for a variety of bands, from the Pretenders through to the Proclaimers – goodness only knows.

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Once Upon a Tree & Dragon Orchard

Situated on the slopes of the Marcle Ridge in rural Herefordshire, Simon Day may not have been making cider or perry for decades, but he's already built up quite a following. It's very much a team affair. The son of Tom Day, one of the key movers at Three Choirs Vineyard, Simon had made wine all over the world. On his return to Herefordshire, he was so inspired by Norman and Ann Stanier's orchard that he and his wife Hannah joined forces with them, and Once Upon a Tree was born in 2008.

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Purity Brewing Co

Established in 2005 by Jim Minkin and Paul Halsey, alongside a wish to produce tasty brews, Purity has always had a green approach at its core. Located on a farm in the picturesque Warwickshire countryside, Purity is not content with sending off its spent grains to cattle and recycling its spent hops as fertiliser. Right at the start, it was one of the first in the UK to construct a natural and sustainable way of handling its waste liquids (see below).

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Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co

Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry is made at the welcoming Broome Farm, near the picturesque village of Peterstow. Family-run for the last 70 years, Mike Johnson is an expert in traditional cider apples and perry pears and boasts over 70 different varieties. Originally solely a supplier to Bulmers, Mike now also makes his own award-winning ciders and perries, including a number of striking single-apple ciders.

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Tardebigge Cider

Steve and Christine Cooper only use traditional cider apples and perry pears. They planted their trees in the mid-1990s and ciders and perries made their first appearance in 1999. The Coopers are happy to welcome group visits by prior arrangement.

Located near the popular Birmingham to Worcester canal, the flight of locks which bears the same name is the longest in the country.

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Wye Valley Brewery

Wye Valley Brewery has always been popular, but for it to win the inaugural BBC Good Food & Farming' Drinks Producer Award in 2010 was quite a coup. But then the Amor family's passion for flavour is equalled only by its keenness to use local ingredients. Alongside East Anglian Marris Otter malt, 80% of the hops come from within seven miles of the Stoke Lacy brewhouse.

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