South West of England Cidermakers’ Association

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Want to feature in Alan Stone's next book on West Country cidermakers?

Alan Stone reports good progress on the research phase for his next book on Cidermakers in Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and Devon with a priority on SWECA members. He has taken a few days off work this week to step up his knowledge of Devon makers.
"Had a great day today [20 Sept] interviewing three SWECA members in the west Devon area. Vernon Shutler at Countryman Cider, George Travis at Westlake Cider and James McIlwraith at Sandford Courtney Cider," says Alan. "They are three cidermakers with very different backgrounds and totally different businesses, but all with a keen passion for their cidermaking.
"I am hoping to get some more producers seen on Friday, then try to cover most of the rest in the run up to Christmas."
Alan hopes to have a few days off in the week commencing 24 October and if anyone would be free for him to visit during that week please email him to arrange an appointment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Small press needed for apple day event

Twisted Cider's Ben Weller is on the hunt for a 5.2-litre press for an apple day event at Damerton. The date of the demonstration is 22nd October, so he's looking to source the equipment before then. 

If you are able to offer the loan of a suitable press, please contact Ben at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07841 841289

Inaugural International Craft Cider Festival hailed a resounding success

The inaugural International Craft Cider Festival held at Llancaiach Fawr manor house in the middle of August has been hailed a success by organisers The Welsh Perry & Cider Society.

A total of 20 makers from England, Wales, France, Spain and Germany attended the event, which blended an outdoor music festival format with the opportunity to sample cider and perry from around Europe. The organisers also ran a series of well-attended seminars on subjects ranging from orcharding to cider-related literature.

SWECA member Worley's Cider and Cheddar's Wilcox Cider represented the South West alongside such famous names as Ross-on-Wye Cider, Gwatkins and Oliver's Cider.

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