Making cider has been a part of our family’s heritage since the 1600s.
Gray’s Devon Cider is pure, still and traditionally made – real draught cider.
We grow up to 50 varieties of apples, which, skillfully blended, make the delicious and distinctive flavour of Gray’s Devon Cider. These apples are grown over 8 orchards, right here on the farm, and include varieties such as Sweet Alford, Fair Made of Devon, Beef Apple, Pigs Nose, Dabinett and our very own – Halstow Natural.
From tree to barrel, the process can take months. Apples are picked in mid October, then milled to release the juices, before pressing and fermenting. Natural yeasts are present in the apple skins, and the fermentation process begins organically.
We follow a time honoured cider making process, where the resulting cider is racked, not filtered, allowing more precious time for flavours to evolve and develop. The finished product is then hand blended and stored in aged oak barrels until bottling – which only happens once an order is received.
The result is a fresh cider of exceptional smoothness and mellow fruitiness.