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Once Upon A Tree was born in the cold outbuildings at Dragon Orchard in 2007, from a passion to create the best-quality cider from the highest quality fruit, whilst preserving the heritage and tradition of Herefordshire cider-making. Simon Day is an experienced professional winemaker who decided to turn his hand to cider making after walking through the local orchards and seeing the potential to use winemaking skills to capture the true characters of the apples in the juice and ciders. From an initial small start the company has expanded production year-on-year, exporting nearly half of the production to the USA and more recently Japan, coupled with an ever increasing appetite for their craft ciders in the UK.
The apples are grown, pressed and fermented at Haygrove Evolution in Ledbury. With a combination of good orchard management, fantastic soils and perfect mesoclimate, the fruit produced is some of the best available anywhere in the UK, with the apples attaining full ripeness yet retaining character and flavour.
Once Upon A Tree have won many awards over their history, with particular highlights including BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming “Drinks Producer of the Year” 2013 and winning the Bath & West Champion Perry Trophy in 2015.