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Once Upon A Tree, England

Simon Day, an experienced winemaker, had some form of epiphany in 2007 while in the corner of an orchard in Herefordshire and founded Once Upon A Tree.

He decided to embark on a cider journey with the fundamental assertion ‘We will let the fruit do the talking’. And the approach seems to have borne fruit, if you pardon the pun. Along the way they have been awarded BBC’s Radio’s ‘Drinks Producer of the Year’ through their innovative and humble approach involving co-fermentation with grape skins and tackling the frosty challenge of ice cider.


Dragon Orchard whom provide the fruit for Once Upon A Tree is located in the heart of apple growing countryside in Herefordshire and has been in the family since 1887. It benefits from fertile Herefordshire clay and loam soils and is protected from harsh winds by the surrounding hills. It’s an accredited LEAF farm (Linking Environment and Farming) and the farmhouse has been awarded for its sustainability.


The brain-child of Simon Day, who is also the enigmatic winemaker at Sixteen Ridges Winery, these incredible craft ciders are made with similar principles to wine.

  • Co-fermenting ciders with grape skins creates a natural fusion of red berry fruit flavours and appley richness.
  • Winemaking principles applied to cider production.