Cider apples grow only in the Western regions of England, where the soil and climate conditions are suitable. Herefordshire is the main cider apple growing county, with around 10,000 acres of orchards.
What the Industry Says
So what do British drinks producers think about DrinkBritain.com?
Read on to find out…
Henry Chevallier Guild, partner, Aspall, Suffolk &
chair, National Association of Cider Makers
“I think the timing is perfect for DrinkBritain.com; we have seen an upsurge in great quality regional products in recent years. This is coupled not only with consumers’ desire to better understand where their food comes from, but also because there is a genuine and growing interest in provenance, quality and regionality.”
Bob Lindo, founder Camel Valley Vineyards,
"Are visitors aware of wine-related tourism possibilities in the UK? Probably not, and so it’s a perfect opportunity for DrinkBritain.com to let everybody know. With over 400 vineyards spread the length and breadth of England and Wales, DrinkBritain.com can help visitors choose who to visit and what to do before they arrive at their destination. Unlike many other portals, Susanna has visited and stayed in many English vineyards and she writes with hands-on, up-to-the minute knowledge and experience."
Paul Halsey, co-founder & MD,
Purity Brewing Co, Warwickshire
"The UK cask ale industry is something for us Brits to shout about and DrinkBritain.com is just what we need to do so. Purity Brewing Co is proud to be part of a thriving industry where the craft brewers are creating genuine interest with drinkers. Creating a news and information hub will enable folk to engage further in these exciting times."
David Grey, proprietor,
Meopham Valley Vineyard, Kent
"I was heartened to hear of your plans for DrinkBritain.com. I know that there is a mass of people out there, both in the UK and abroad, who are itching to know where and what to see in the field of drinks in Britain. I wish you luck in satisfying their desires – for a long time to come."
Geoff Bowen, owner, Pebblebed Vineyards, Devon &
collaborator with Dragon's Den's Duncan Bannatyne
"The English wine industry is gaining momentum with considerable investment going into both vineyards and wineries. In particular, English sparkling wine is gaining recognition for its quality winning top international awards and now it is necessary for the industry to work harder than ever in developing awareness. DrinkBritain.com is helping by not only raising the profile of English wines but also pulling together the British drinks industry, providing a stronger voice and a co-ordinated marketing approach."