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Ann & Norman Stanier - owners of Dragon Orchard help bring in the harvest. Our juices are all made from tree ripened, hand picked fruit.
Winners of BBC Food and Farming Best Drinks Producers
From left to right
Simon Day, Norman Stanier, Hannah Day, Pete Brown (Judge), Ann Stanier, Valentine Warner (Awards Presenter)
A sharp cider variety, ready for harvesting!
Three Counties Cider Shop
Our store in Ledbury is stocked to the rafters with not only our own produce, but cider and other drinks from 25+ other local producers from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire (and occaisional guest ciders from further afield!)
We run two novel orchard schemes - Dragon Orchard Cropsharers and a Sponsor a Tree scheme - click on the menu for details
We host a number of tours and events throughout the year, from orchard walks and cider tastings to poetry festival events and more... See our events page for more details.
Ellis Bitter cider apple.
A full bittersweet variety, with lots of tannins and rich flavours - a lovely component in many of our blended ciders
Cool autumnal mornings are perfect for picking. Here, our Blenheim Orange trees are mostly harvested.
Cider apples ripe for harvesting. We allow the fruit to fully ripen on the tree for maximum flavour in the finished cider.
We take great care with our juice apples. These Egremont Russet are destined for our Russet & Bramley juice.
Pressing the apples
Golden juice runs from the press - a modern take on the traditional rack and cloth press. We press about 4 Tonnes per day.
Some of our range photographed in the orchard at blossom time.
Three Counties Cider Shop
Our Three Counties Cider shop can be found right in the centre of our pretty market town of Ledbury - a vibrant town with loads of unique interesting shops, cafés, pubs, and attractions.
Willow Sculptures in the orchard
We offer various events throughout the year, and we regularly host artists and sculptors during The Trumpet Art Trail and H.Art
Winter in the Orchard
Orchards can be beautiful places in snowy conditions!
|Snow Blossom by Richard Crompton|
A Herefordshire Year in the Orchard Event hosted by Once Upon A Tree.
Befuddled by filters, dim about flash, wobbly about tripods or simply want to understand how to take better snaps?
Come and experience a day’s photography training with RPS Gold Medal photographer, Richard Crompton. Richard’s award winning images have included fashion, portraits, landscapes, flowers, still-life, reportage and abstract. Richard will be joined on the day by award winning Wildlife photography expert, Linda Wright. So if you want to photograph it, they will know how!
|Misty Gate in May by Richard Crompton|
The day is aimed at developing skills and confidence with your camera. Expand your knowledge by photographing a range of subjects and understand the thought process behind shooting great images.
You’ll get the most from the day if your camera has some form of manual control such as that found on all SLR cameras and high spec compact cameras. Being able to tell the camera what YOU want it to do will greatly increase the ‘hit rate’ when creating your ‘masterpieces’.
|Tawny Owl by Linda Wright|
|Pink Blossom by Richard Crompton|
They will cover how your camera sees the world and how that affects your images. The effect your choice of aperture, shutter speed and lens length has on your photograph. How to compose an image, with some simple rules to get you started. Lots of fun practical sessions to help you to grasp the concepts and tips and tricks professionals use to create a stunning image, no matter what.
The day is set-up for you to learn how to get the most from whatever photography gear you have. You don’t need bags packed with gear, what matters is your enthusiasm to make a great picture with the equipment you have.
We will be in the orchard for most of the day so please dress for the outdoors and the weather. The afternoon session will conclude with a chance to put all your newly acquired skills to use, photographing something really special!
The course is 10.00am until 4.00pm, with a break for a ‘Dragon Orchard’ lunch.
Cost for the day is £80. Spaces are limited, and must be booked.
Please click to download the Course information sheet, with booking form, or
For questions about the course please contact Richard on 01531 670340
|Grey Buzzard by Linda Wright|
A Herefordshire Year in the Orchard event
10.30am on Saturday 12th March at Once Upon A Tree, Dragon Orchard, Putley, HR8 2RG.
Herefordshire Year in the Orchard aims to help celebrate Herefordshire’s orchard heritage – the landscape they create, the biodiversity they support, the cultural influence they develop, the food they produce and their economic impact on the county.
As part of Herefordshire Year in the Orchard, Once Upon a Tree will be hosting a walk and talk around Putley, to coincide with the re-opening of their shop at Dragon Orchard.
The walk will take in several of the orchards of Putley, and I will be focussing on the rich and varied history of apple-growing within our wonderful Parish”, said Norman Stanier of Dragon Orchard. “Afterwards there will be opportunities for free tastings of our ciders, perries and apple juices at our Orchard Shop!”
The event is free of charge and open to everyone – warm clothing and sensible footwear are recommended. Meet at Dragon Orchard, Putley, at 10.30am. More information on this and other Year in the Orchard events during 2011 is available here
Once Upon a Tree have put together a programme of events for 2011. explains director Simon Day "We begin with ‘The Wonder of Putley’, which will include a walk and talk through local orchards to The Wonder, a huge landslip that occurred on the Marcle Ridge in 1575, enveloping a chapel at nearby Kinnaston. This will be followed by a tasting and talk on the making of its namesake, The Wonder dessert pear wine, which we make at Dragon Orchard from fruit grown in Putley.”The event is free of charge and open to everyone – warm clothing and sensible shoes are recommended. The Once Upon a Tree shop at Dragon Orchard will be open especially after the event, and is open by appointment at other times. The shop will reopen regularly Wednesday-Sunday 10am-3pm on 12th March, to coincide with the next Year in the Orchard event, a History of Orcharding in Putley. More information on this and other events during 2011 is available here.
Blenheim Superb follows on from the success of our Blenheim Orange Dessert Cider launched last year to critical acclaim. This new vintage sees the introductoin of Laxton Superb apples in the blend which gives the cider a touch more crispness to balance the sweetness to give a refreshing finish to the palate. Tasting note:
Tart apple & honeyed nose, with just a hint of spice. The viscous palate has concentrated flavours of apple, apricot, honey and spiced orange with incredible length to the finish. Intensely sweet, but perfectly balancing acidity to give a refreshing finish. Enjoy as an aperitif, partner with foie gras or pâté, with strong hard cheese, or apple or citrus based desserts.
The Wonder is named after a local landmark - a huge landslip that occurred on the Marcle Ridge in 1575, enveloping a chapel at nearby Kinnaston, that Victorians came from far and wide to view. As well as the local connection, the name seemed appropriate for this unique dessert pear wine, which has never been commercially attempted anywhere before! Conference and Comice pears were used in its production, which gives a unique character to the end product. Tasting Note:
Muted spiced pear aromas with a hint of brioche. A rich, powerful, palate with intense flavours of apricot, quince and a hint of soft caramel. Sweetness, acidity and a long, soft tannin finish are perfectly balanced. Perfect as an aperitif, partner with foie gras or pâté, with blue cheese, or chocolate based desserts.
Our Blenheim Superb and The Wonder are made using icewine prinicples to concentrate the juice prior to fermentation. The potential alcohol of the juice is between 18 - 20 % and has incredible intensity of flavour and aroma. Once the fermentations are stopped, the unfermented remaining sugar gives the products their fruity sweetness.
You can buy a twin bottle mail pack of these two special products for a UK mainland delivered price of £40 - see our mixed case section in our online shop.
<p><img style="margin: 4px; float: right;" title="PGI-Logo" alt="PGI-Logo" src="/images/stories/PGI-Logo.png" width="119" height="119" />Herefordshire cider producers Once Upon A Tree are celebrating achieving PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status for their ciders with the release of their 2009 vintage Kingston Redstreak. This will be the first of many ciders from the Dragon Orchard estate to be released with the new accreditation.</p>
<p>“<em>Being awarded PGI status absolutely guarantees our claims to be making cider using traditional methods with traditional cider apple varieties within Herefordshire,</em>" <strong>explains Cider Maker Simon Day </strong>“<em>it also means that the heritage and tradition of cider making in Herefordshire is brought to the attention of consumers. I hope it will bring interest back from the mass producers to the farm business and promote our local, rural economy in Herefordshire.</em>"</p>
<p>The PGI accolade ensures that the ciders are made to strict rules and that they meet geographical and quality criteria. Only when they succeed in this process can they be named a Herefordshire Cider and join the elite group of designated products.</p>
<p><em>“I’m delighted to say that in this new 2009 vintage the</em> <em>famous Kingston Black flavours come through really well, and are perfectly complimented by the Redstreak.</em>" <strong>says Simon </strong>"<em>It’s a medium-dry cider with a rich, spiced filled nose, a full body and a soft finish that fans of our 2008 vintage champion Kingston Black will love. </em>"</p>
<p>Once Upon A Tree are now established in Herefordshire as quality cider producers, and consistently win awards for their ciders and perry. Their commitment to increase production reflects this success and the number of bottles produced for their 2009 vintage will see a four-fold increase on last year.</p>
<p>The launch of Kingston Redstreak coincides with the public “Grand Opening” of the NEW Once Upon A Tree Shop at Dragon Orchard, on the 31<sup>st</sup> July at 11am. Once Upon A Tree are celebrating the opening of the new, purpose built shop with free tastings of local produce, special discounts, and a free “Orchard Days” poetry walk around Dragon Orchard.</p>
<p>The ciders are also available via <a href="/index.php/news?amp;view=article&id=49&Itemid=27">mail order</a>, or through a <a href="/index.php/news?amp;view=article&id=51&Itemid=54">number of stockists</a>.</p>