Craft cider maker and artisan distiller, Fowey Valley, has opened a new HQ on the Restormel Estate in Lostwithiel, ushering in a new era of expansion for the premium drinks producer.
The cider orchard in Golant on the banks of the river Fowey remains the heartland of the operation, and a source of raw ingredients; Fowey Valley’s award-winning cider is made from 100% juice from fresh west country apples.
However, founder Barrie Gibson has now taken on extra commercial premises in Lostwithiel, allowing Fowey Valley to fulfil the growing demand for its artisan products.
The new premises houses modern production facilities and a shop stocking the full range of products, including gift hampers. A programme of tours, tastings and courses will also take place here starting in the autumn.
Gibson, who founded Fowey Valley Cidery in 2012, said: “We’re thrilled to announce our expansion to the new site. With a wider range of products and greater demand for our cider and spirits than ever before, it didn’t come a moment too soon.”
He continued: “We can now let the apples grow in peace back in Golant, whilst we deal with production and cidery guests here. Our approach will remain based on small-batch production and traditional methods, but we’ll have the space and capacity to fulfil more national and international orders.”
Gibson and his team also make spirits entirely from scratch (most gin distillers, for example, buy in a base spirit before adding their own botanicals) including Vodka, Gin, Cider Brandy, Eau de Vie and Pommeau – an apple aperitif.