The Apple Shed Experience: Tastings, Cafe, Museum, Music
Try 4 different ciders in our $12 tasting paddle, then choose your favorite to buy a case from the cellar door.
Snacks and light meals daily plus Friday evenings in summer.
Gold coin donation for entry to the display of apple production and processing equipment and 100 varieties of real apples on display.
The Cider: How we make it
We like to think of this as a cider for craft beer drinkers. Willie Smith's Organic Cider takes its inspiration from the traditional cider making techniques of Northern France. Light and refreshing acidity married with rounded warm apple flavours and a notable tannin structure create a perfectly balanced palate and a easy cleansing finish. The aroma holds red apple, toasty oak and fresh citrus; flavours that are mirrored on the palate. Overall the cider has bags of complexity and structure allowing it to be engaging and yet worthy of great contemplation. 5.4% abv.
Step 1: we handpick all our apples – we treat them with the care they deserve!
Step 2: we then press the apples for their juice.
Step 3: we ferment the juice in a stainless steel vat using two types of white wine yeast from France.
Step 4: we then we do a secondary ferment to round out the cider and give it more body.
Step 5: we then age the cider in French Oak vats for up to 6 months to add complexity.
Step 6: we finish by blending together all of the different parts, allowing it to settle in maturation tanks for up to two months to create the perfect cider with a lovely rounded mouth feel.
The History: Four generations
Accommodation near Willie Smith's Apple Shed
Book 2 nights nearby at Huon Bush Retreats and ask for a free cider tasting coupon. We have 12 tasting vouchers to give away, valid only while stock lasts. Sunday to Thurs nights only. You must ask for your coupon at the time of booking.
Purchase a beer or Willie Smiths Organic Cider or soft drink at Huon Bush Retreats and receive a free stubbie holder. Alcohol sales to over 18 house guests only.
Other Accommodation nearby The Apple Shed
Stay nearby at Port Huon Cottages or Kermandie Hotel
Huon Valley Winter Festival at Willie Smith's
Winterfest with food, drink entertainment and bonfires celebrating the shortest day of the year.
Dust off your tatters, top hats and pagan worshipping finery for a repeat performance of last year’s trail blazing Midwinter Winter Festival.
If you haven’t sung to an apple tree whilst banging pots and pans by firelight lately, head to the Huon Valley to celebrate the regions apple picking history and join in the ages-old tradition of wassailing – basically scaring nasties out of the orchard’s cider trees to ensure a bumper autumn crop.
The Apple Shed
2064 Huon Highway, Grove, 7109
For group bookings and functions please call or e-mail:
Ph: (03) 6266 4345
Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours: Weekdays at 2 p.m.
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