Cider Apples

Apples from Hawkins Estates supply the country’s major cider makers including Heineken, Westons and Aston Manor with orchards planted with specific varieties and dedicated to particular cider makers for periods between 20 and 30 years.

Our Apples

Great variety and quality produce

Our varieties include:  Katy, Jilly, Vicky, Fiona, Hastings, Three Counties, Helen, Browns, Michelin, Dabinet, Yarlington Mill, Harry Master Jersey, Red Falstaff.

In addition, we have some older, traditional cider orchards which are grazed  by sheep and cattle.   These beautiful orchards contribute to the beauty and specific character of the local landscape and some of the trees will be over 70 years old.  Apples from these orchards travel the short distance to Westons near Ledbury to make their organic range of ciders.

We are also proud of our traditional perry pear orchard which has some very old trees.   The early blossom is a sight to see.

In the spring our farms become resplendent with colour, coated in the dazzling decorations of pink and white apple blossom. For centuries, Herefordshire has been producing outstanding cider apples, yet another crop that is perfectly suited to the terroir of the county. More often heard in the context of fine wines, terroir is the combination of factors, including soil, climate, and environment, that gives a drink (wine, cider or beer) its distinctive character.

In the Autumn, millions of ripe apples must make their journey from the branch to the cider press, an intense and regimented process that can take up to two and a half months.

Please contact the farm if you are interested in purchasing cider apples.