SWECA members met at Green Valley Cyder, Darts Farm in Devon on 17th March for the 2016 Winter meeting.
A packed programme provoked lively discussion on a number of topics including the proposed PDO for Devon cider, Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme and the excise levels for sparkling cider.
Andrew Lea gave an informative scientific presentation on how flavours are developed in cider during storage, a great insight for all into how common off flavours develop and how they can be controlled.
Fen Tyler, Chief Executive of the NACM covered the recent budget, an update on the 70HL exemption and thoughts on the new sugar tax and calorific values being included on labels.
During the meeting the annual cider competition took place with judges Bill Bradshaw and Chris Coles selecting the 2016 champion. The overall winner was Harry's Cider, pictured are Harry Fry and partner Ali with the SWECA cup and certificate.
Cider Competition results
1st Twinways Cider, Mark Rogers
2nd Green Valley Cyder, Chris Coles
3rd Copse House Cider, Bob Chaplin
1st Harry's Cider, Harry Fry
2nd Courteneys of Whimple, Paul Courteney
3rd Blackmore Vale Cider, Alan Berry
1st Pilton Cider, Martin Berkeley
Swindon-based maker Circle Cider scooped the 2017 SWECA Cider Championship at the Winter meeting held at Cranbourne Chase on 16th March.
The competition results came at the end of a busy meeting that also covered - among other things - plans for Royal Bath & West Show, an NACM update from Gabe Cook, pH Control by Andrew Lea, Gill Perkins from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Sue Tisdall offering help with Export issues.
West Milton Cider's Nick Poole awarded Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Royal Bath & West Show.