About us

Who we are


 

The County Cider Company & Estate Winery is a family-operated estate winery specializing in mouth-watering hard ciders.

(In North America hard cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice.) Carefully crafted from the best apples grown on our family farm and nearby orchards, our ciders are made with 100% pure apple juice.

Located on the picturesque island of Prince Edward County in Southeastern Ontario, our tasting room and retail store welcomes visitors from May to November. Come visit us or look for County Cider Co. products at restaurants, bars and LCBO stores

Our History

The County Cider Company & Estate Winery is a family-operated estate winery specializing in mouth-watering hard ciders. (In North America hard cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice.) Carefully crafted from the best apples grown on our family farm and nearby orchards, our ciders are made with 100% pure apple juice.

Located on the picturesque island of Prince Edward County in Southeastern Ontario, our tasting room and retail store welcomes visitors from May to November. Come visit us or look for County Cider Co. products at restaurants, bars and LCBO stores

The County Cider Company is located on Ontario’s island of Prince Edward County. Most famous for the giant sand dunes and golden beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park, the County also enjoys a dramatic history.

Following the American Revolution of 1776 the Township of Marysburgh—home to the County Cider Co.—was one of many established for the settlement of United Empire Loyalists. Named in honour of Princess Mary, a daughter of King George III, it became home to a small group of disbanded German mercenaries under former Lieutenant Baron von Reitzenstein. This party, numbering about 40 persons, was one of the earliest German-speaking groups to settle in Ontario. By October 1784 they had begun to clear and cultivate the land. Henry David and his wife Elizabeth were among these early settlers and it was in 1830, that their son Conrad David, was given title to the lot, which the County Cider Co. now calls home.

conradhouseToday, the 1832 Conrad David House is an area landmark. Set on the brow of the Waupoos escarpment, the stone house is an excellent example of Regency Cottage architecture. It features dramatic French doors, over-sized windows and veranda as well as a hipped roof. Next door, the property's picturesque 1832 stone barn houses the County Cider Co.'s tasting room and retail store. Visitors are invited to take advantage of the million-dollar view of Lake Ontario from our patio and enjoy a cold, refreshing cider and a light lunch.

The Orchards

Our family farm has been producing apples since 1850. It is located in the township of North Marysburgh on the island of Prince Edward County. A region renowned for its breathtaking views of Lake Ontario, which has a moderating effect on local air temperatures, it also benefits from fertile soil—ideal conditions for cultivating fruits of unparalleled flavour and quality.

county cider orchards

From the first blossoms in spring through the chilly winter months we carefully nurture our orchards, taking full advantage of the County's native assets. We grow over 15 varieties of apples at our two orchards, which comprise approximately 40 acres of apple trees and 12 acres of grapes. The orchards produce roughly 1,600 tonnes of apples each year. Among the varieties that we use to create our ciders are Bulmer's Norman, Ida Red, Russets, Northern Spy, Yarlington Mill, Dabinett, Michelin and Tremlett's Bitter. These apples provide tannins and acidity—key ingredients when making quality cider. In addition, we grow common varieties such as Cortland, Red and Golden Delicious and Jersey and Marshall Mac.

Our Tour

No tour of Prince Edward County would be complete without a visit to the County Cider Company. Offering educational tastings and an unparalleled vista of some of the most scenic landscape in the region, the County Cider Company is a must-see destination.

Bus tour groups are welcome. Our tasting fees are $5.00 per person for your tutored tasting of 4 ciders including a history of the area.
                        
Groups, please indicate numbers and time of booking. We are unable to accomodate tours between 11am and 4pm on weekends. To reserve a booking, contact our retail store at 613-476-1022 or complete our Contact form

Let's Do Lunch

lunch at county cider

Visitors to the County Cider Company are encouraged to take advantage of the dramatic view from our patio perched high above Lake Ontario. Nestled amongst our pretty Shingle Ridge Vineyard it's the perfect place to enjoy a glass of cider or wine and lunch al fresco.
Hours of operation are 11-5  Wed - Sun, OUR PATIO WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAYS IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER. Our outdoor oven & bbq shut down at 5pm daily. We do not take reservations and/or take-out orders.

Prepared with the very best local ingredients our menu changes according to what is in season.

Awards

  • 2013 Great Lakes International Cider Challenge
    • - Silver for County Premium Cider
    • - Silver for Waupoos Draft Cider
    •  - Bronze for Tortured Path Cider                                          
  • 2012 International Cider Challenge UK
    • - Silver Medal for Waupoos Draft Cider (Medium Cider)
    • - Silver Medal for Label Design & Packaging - Tortured Path Cider                      
  • 2012 People's Choice Award at Taste (Favourite Cider/Beer)
  • 2011 People's Choice Award at Taste (Favourite Cider/Beer)
  • 2011 International Cider Challenge UK - Silver Medal for County Premium Cider (Dry Cider)
  • 2009 Taste! – Favorite beer/cider - People’s choice
  • 2008 Ontario Premier Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Regional Award
  • 2008 Taste! – Best beer/cider
  • 2007 Taste! – Best beer/cider
  • 2007 Toronto Wine and Cheese – Bronze – Sweet Fruit Wine (2006 Ice Cider)
  • 2007 Toronto Wine and Cheese – Best of Show – Medium Fruit Wine Peach Cider
  • 2007 Toronto Wine and Cheese – Bronze – Off-Dry Fruit Wine Peach Cider
  • 2006 Artevino – Bronze – Ice Cider
  • 2005 Toronto Wine and Cheese – Gold Medal – Ice Cider
  • 2004 Business Achievement Award of Merit
  • 2003 Business Achievement Award of Merit

award

Grant Howes accepting the Premier's Award for Agrifood Innovation Excellence.
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