The Johnson family have been growing and pressing apples and pears at Broome Farm, in Herefordshire's Wye Valley, since the 1930s. They produce their cider in the traditional way, using only wholesome fresh juice. Fruit is sourced mainly from ripe fruit grown in their own orchards, which contain over 100 types of apple and 30 types of perry pair, along with some pears gathered locally from rare trees around May Hill, the birthplace of perry pears. They do everything onsite and, viewing hygeine and sterility as a key to their process, press their fruit using hydropresses, which are easier to keep clean.
Albert and Mike produce a wide range of ciders, and their shop at Broome Farm boasts around 70 different products spanning different vintages and techniques. They value blending of ciders, which allow them to create balanced ciders with depth of flavour, but also produce various single-variety ciders along, with single-variety and blended perries.
They value nature and ecology, and their orchards are unsrayed, which helps wildlife to flourish. They prefer using wild yeast to pitching commercial varieties.
Ross on Wye Cider and Perry are renowned for the quality of their products and have won endless awards, including BBC Food and Farming 2019 Winner.