I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published February 1st 2017
Cellar Door With a Difference
On a recent visit to the United Kingdom I was amazed to find that the traditional English pub is disappearing at a staggering rate and that cider, in terms of sales at least, is rapidly overtaking lager as the 'Pommie' drink of choice. Is it possible that we in Australia might be heading down the same path?
A quick Google search reveals that the industry body Cider Australia currently has 68 members around the nation, some strange names like the Cheeky Grog Company, Custard & Co, Snakes and Ladders Cider and Square Keg, all churning out their version of one of the world's oldest drinks, dating back to medieval times and beyond.
Cider is rapidly becoming the drink of choice for more & more people and Daylesford Cider is quite unique in the local industry. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
All this meant that when on a recent drive through Central Victoria I happened upon a road sign pointing to Daylesford Cider I just had to check it out.'
Before I saw an apple or bottle of cider I was blown away by the English style Tavern and grounds. It's hard to imagine a better spot to pull up and indulge in some great cider and fine food – indoors in front of a roaring fire in winter or outdoors in a lovely garden setting during the warmer months.
The English style tavern tasting rooms and event venue ...
... combine with a fabulous outdoors area to make this a great place to expand your knowledge of cider while enjoying some great country hospitality. Photos: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
There are 7500 varieties of apple worldwide so you might be forgiven for thinking that the potential for cider flavours was limitless but in the world of cider production, all apples ain't apples.
Just 17 varieties have been heritage listed for the manufacture of cider and Daylesford Cider produces a range of authentic full flavoured ciders using those 17 varieties organically grown right here on the property – something that makes Daylesford Cider unique in the Australian industry.
The product ranges from the traditional 'still' cider with its very dry palate to the carbonated and sweeter varieties.
Hosts Mackie and Clare are warm & friendly and intent on making your cider tasting a memorable event.
At just $10 their 'tasting paddle' featuring 7 samples is the ideal way to get started. Weekends feature live entertainment and a seasonal menu.
It's hard to beat Daylesford Ciders 'Tasting Paddle' for value for money at just $10 for 7 different ciders. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The couple can also cater for special & corporate events and weddings with their large dining room which accommodates 60 seated guests and a smaller room 30 seated guests.
Orchard and Cidery tours taking roughly an hour are available and include a private cider tasting. Advanced bookings are essential.
What's that old saying, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'. Well I haven't checked with my GP yet to determine whether or not half a pint of cider fits that bill but I do know that some research shows cider contains high levels of beneficial antioxidants, with half a pint of cider being roughly equivalent to a glass of red wine in terms of the amount of antioxidants ingested.
Surely that in itself is reason enough for at least one visit to Daylesford Cider.
The welcome mat is out 7 days a week at Daylesford Cider. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Getting There …..
Daylesford Cider is just minutes from central Daylesford via the Daylesford – Trentham Road, Leitches Creek Road and Dairy Flat Road.
Take care on Leitches Creek Road as the turn-off to Dairy Flat Road is not well sign-posted.
Why? It's hard to imagine a more pleasant and attractive country environment in which to sit back, relax and graze on alight seasonal menu while tasting a range of superb ciders manufactured on-site using apples grown on Daylesford Ciders own orchard.
When:7 days a week Monday to Friday 12 - 4 PM. Weekends & Public Holidays 11.30 - 5 PM with lunch available between 12 and 3.30 PM. Grazing platters are also available on Fridays.
Phone:(03) 5348 2275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org