Halstow Farm, on the edge of the Teign Valley is home to Gray’s Devon Cider – and has been for nearly four centuries.
Thirteen generations of the Gray family have farmed this land and nurtured the 21 acres of orchard. Occupying the farm since the 1640s, we have had plenty of time to conserve and tend the land, whilst perfecting the traditional art of cider making.
Historically, many farms in Devon would have made cider from their own orchards, for their own consumption, and to sell as a cash crop. Records show Gray’s Devon Cider was even sold to French officers, parolled in the nearby town of Moretonhampstead during the Napoleonic Wars.
Family tradition dictates that each generation plants its own cider apple orchard on the farm, and the earliest we know of was planted in 1795.
Today, Gray’s Devon Cider is made from up to 50 varieties of apple – including the Halstow Natural – a rare variety discovered here on the farm. Halstow is a working farm where cidermaking coexists alongside the rearing of livestock, as it has for centuries.