Apple County Cider is a family business. We are husband and wife Ben and Steph, plus our young son Francis who loves to run amidst the apple trees.
Before Ben answered the call to cider-making, he worked in music publishing and lived in London. But he held onto vivid childhood memories of walking the blossom-filled orchards with his stepfather and helping to haul in the apple harvest. Ben's stepfather Jimmy grew apples under contract to a national cider-maker. It wasn't until later in life, that Jimmy experimented with making his own real cider and encouraged Ben to join him.
Ben had always been a cider-drinker. Being a coeliac, he was happily never distracted by lesser, cereal-based drinks (i.e. beer). Since returning home to become a full-time cider maker in 2008, Ben has won many awards. Recent accolades include Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the International Cider Challenge 2015, and 2 and 3 star Great Taste Awards, culminating in a prestigious Golden Fork award for the best food & drink product in Wales!
Steph grew up in the North-West, but now whole-heartedly devotes herself to family life and Apple County. She is the vital right hand of the business, supporting customers, developing the brand and keeping the admin ship-shape. She is passionate about opening people's eyes to the joys of real cider, and exploring new frontiers in cider-craft.
As a family, we feel lucky to live in this lush, rolling landscape. Steph loves walking the orchard hillsides with the family Labrador and Ben is in his element wild swimming in the local rivers. We want to put this special place - Monmouthshire, the apple county of Wales - back on the map for producing some of the finest cider in the world.