£35,363.85 FUNDED

Crackington Cider Company

Tremayna Services Ltd

The establishment of a new cider making facility through the installation of a dedicated new timber frame barn and the purchase of cider making equipment.

Cider from 30 varieties of West Country apple

Jonathon Miles and his wife Sam moved to Cornwall from Swindon in 2010, and bought a farmhouse with eight acres of land. Jonathon made cider as a hobby in Swindon, as they had apple trees in the garden and he hated seeing the fruit going to waste on the ground. After moving to Cornwall and finding themselves with acres of land, it seemed logical to plant an apple orchard, which all started with a gift of 30 cider-apple trees from Jon’s Dad, Eddie. Jonathon said: “The land was beginning to run to weeds and gorse and we wanted to make use of it, so we decided to plant apple trees; we have got over 1100 in now.”

Jon has focused on the conservation of Cornish and vintage-quality West Country cider apples, many of which he grafted from cuttings due to their rarity. To ensure
a perfect balance of sweet, bittersweet, sharp and bitter-sharp apples, 30 varieties are grown, including Rattler, Lord of the Isles, Captain Broad, Collogett Pippin and Dabinett. He cares deeply about the environment, using no pesticides on the orchard and keeping bees to help with pollination of the trees.

LEADER turns a hobby into a thriving business
The first batch of cider was produced in October 2017 in the brand-new cider barn, built and equipped with the help of LEADER funding through the Atlantic and Moor Local Action Group.The barn was built and the equipment installed just in time for the autumn harvest, and contains a huge press to extract juice, tanks to store the cider, and a bottling machine and storage racks.

The ciders are slow-matured in stainless-steel fermentation vats for 9-12 months to develop a full, clean character, with speciality ciders, such as the sparkling Tremayna and award-winning barrel-aged ciders, aged for at least a further nine months.

People are welcome to visit the barn to see how the cider is made, and to purchase it directly, so boosting the tourist footfall in the area.

As the business grows, more staff will be needed to harvest and press the apples and to make and bottle the cider; the plan is to make as much as 50,000 litresper annum and distribute across Cornwall and beyond.

Jonathon said: “Getting the LEADER grant was great; we couldn’t produce cider on the scale we are now without the building and the equipment.”

Crackington Cider may be in its infancy but, without LEADER funding, Jonathon’s cider making would have remained a hobby. Instead, it has great potential for becoming another iconic Cornish brand.

LEADER funding has helped turn this hobby into a business with a bright future, which will contribute to the Cornish economy and promote Cornwall as the county with some of the highest quality food and drink brands.

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