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At Traditions Ciderworks we live to craft world-class traditional hard cider. This means using traditional French and English varieties of cider apples grown locally here in the Willamette Valley. Our cidermakers are always demanding more of these rare traditional apples, so in the spring of 2012, we planted 700 old-world cider apple trees along the banks of the Willamette River. Our three-acre orchard is located on the outskirts of Corvallis, and is growing! By the spring of 2013, we will have over 1200 Traditional French and English cider apple trees. Our orchard is in the process of Organic certification by Oregon Tilth, and is managed by the cidermakers themselves for the best quality possible.
Over the course of centuries, farmers in France and England have been breeding varieties of apples specifically for making hard cider. These cider apples are wonderfully complex and can vary in flavor from floral and fruity to deep caramel and pear-drop candy. Along with the wonderful flavors, these apples have been bred to contain tannins. Tannins (which are also found in red wine) cause the apples to taste bitter and astringent. These bitter and astringent qualities are prized among cidermakers and lend body, structure, and character to a traditional dry cider.
There are thousands of cider-specific apple varieties in the world. After years of selection, our cidermakers hand-grafted their favorites into our orchard in order to obtain the best locally produced traditional cider apples available. These rare bitter-sweet and bitter-sharp varieties include Kingston Black, Medaille D'or, Reine des Pommes, Yarlington Mill, Porter's Perfection, Harry Master's Jersey, Ashmead's Kernel, Cow Jersey, Dabinette, and Michelin.