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Eve's Cidery
Farmer's Lunch and Guided Tasting at Eve's Cidery
"a small family farm producing naturally fermented ciders from our own organically-grown fruit and from wild-foraged apples and pears in the hills of Van Etten"
Finger Lakes Cider House
Safe Practices at the Finger Lakes Cider House
“This is the cider hub of New York’s Finger Lakes, with a great vibe and stunning views of Cayuga Lake.”
- The Cider Revival: Dispatches from the Orchard
South Hill Cider
South Hill Cider
"celebrating Finger Lakes terroir by crafting distinctive ciders from hand-foraged wild apples, abandoned orchards and heirloom varieties"
Black Diamond Farm and Cider
Black Diamond Farm and Cider
"We grow all of the fruit that goes into our ciders. The orchard contains over 100 varieties of apples and pears—many of them rare heirlooms and European varieties selected especially for their cider making qualities."

Craft Ciders in Ithaca

With 10 craft cideries in a 30-minute drive, Ithaca, Tompkins County, and its surrounding counties are an epicenter of heritage & craft cider.

“The Finger Lakes, particularly the isthmus between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake, is the most important cider region in the US, with a burgeoning trail of small artisan producers whose focus is on growing cider apples.”

          - The Finger Lakes Is to Cider What Napa Is to Wine

Ithaca’s craft cider scene has been silently growing and captivating new audiences for the past two decades.

With the highest density of craft cideries in NY state—ten within a 30-minute radius—it’s no surprise that cider lovers are flocking to Ithaca for a taste. In addition to the high quality cideries, Ithaca's Cornell University and Cornell Orchards have been conducting extensive cider apple research. There are even undergraduate and graduate programs teaching students about cider apples and the cider making process. Many people know Ithaca and the Finger Lakes as a wine region, but cider is giving that industry a run for its money. From the Ithaca Farmers Market to locally-sourced restaurants and the orchards themselves, cider experiences are all around you in Ithaca.

So, what even is cider? Cider is created through a very similar process to wine. The apple varieties are selected for flavor complexities, tannins, sugars, and many other factors. These apples are then ground and pressed to release the juice. Through various forms of fermentation, that juice turns into hard cider.

Don't just take it from us. Listen to Heritage Radio Network as they visit Ithaca and dig into the question: Can you taste place? Convert yourself into a cider lover through our craft. Or realize a visit to Finger Lakes Wine Country isn't complete without visiting the cideries as well. 

An Award-Winning Region

Finger Lakes and Ithaca-area cideries have received top accolades in national competitions in recent years. We are proud of the recognition our cideries continue to receive from the trade and media.

Socially-distanced Outdoor Tasting at Eve's Cidery
Socially-distanced outdoor tasting at Eve's Cidery

 

Did you miss Finger Lakes Cider Week? Fear not, cider is a year-round experience!

Cider Week 2020 was a hybrid virtual/in-person event: virtual pairing and educational events, to socially-distanced orchard tours and exclusive outdoor guided tastings. 

Watch:

Listen:

  • Hard Core: A Cider Podcast by Heritage Radio Network
    • 6 episode series
  • Cider Chat: A podcast for cider enthusiasts 
    • Episodes 196-204 featuring Ithaca cidermakers 

Visit:

  • See the list of cideries below to see who is open for your visit

Socially-distanced South Hill Cider
Socially-Distanced Cider at South Hill Cider

 

Visit, taste and experience Finger Lakes cideries across the greater Ithaca area...

For up-to-date reopening plans, required visitor practices, and company policies, please visit the cideries' respective websites and social media pages. When planning your visit, know all tasting rooms and bars now require guests to be seated and purchase a food item when consuming alcohol per New York state directive.

Finger Lakes Cider House
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially-Distanced Practices 

Named the best Cider Establishment of the East by the Cider Maker Association of America in 2018
Groups of 8 or more require reservation one week in advance: info@fingerlakesciderhouse.com.

South Hill Cider
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially-Distanced Practices

Phonograph Cider
You can taste their cider at the South Hill Cider tasting room 

Grisamore Cider Works
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially-Distanced Practices 

U-Pick | Farm Store | Nursery | Farm Animals | Tours | Hay Rides

Blackduck Cidery
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially-Distanced Practices 

Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially-Distanced Practices 

Appointment Only Tasting Rooms 

Eve’s Cidery
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially-Distanced Practices 

Black Diamond Cider
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially-Distanced Practices 

Redbyrd Orchard Cider
Not open for tastings for the remainder of 2020 

No On-Site Tasting Room, but can be found at the Ithaca Farmer's Market

New York Cider Company 
See Joseph's feature on Humans of New York that made his business boom.

Wondering what information you should know as a visitor? Learn more here.
Ithaca is a mask-wearing community, view our #MasksAreGorges video!

Ithaca Area Cider in the News

Bottles of different ciders produced near Ithaca, NY

13 Cideries Perfect for the Booze Traveler - Travel Channel

  • Featured Cideries: Redbyrd Orchard Cider and South Hill Cider

10 Ciders to Turn Wine Snobs Into Cider Snobs - Bon Appetit

  • Featured Cider: Packbasket by South Hill Cider

Why Hard Cider is Making a Come Back - Vogue Magazine

  • Featured Cideries: Eve's Cidery and South Hill Cider

Americans Have Been Doing Cider Wrong Forever, and It's Time to Change - Bon Appetit

  • Featured Cideries: Blackduck Cidery and Redbyrd Orchard Cider

These Apple Ciders Are Wild—Literally - Wall Street Journal

  • Featured Cider: Packbasket by South Hill Cider

The Women Leading American Cider Forward - Wine Enthusiast

  • Featured Cider Makers: Melissa Madden of Kite & String/ FLX Cider House and Autumn Stoscheck of Eve's Cidery

6 Heritage Cider Brands Worth Tasting - Washington Post

  • Featured Cideries: Eve's Cidery, South Hill Cider, Kite & String Cider 

Cornell Research Boosts New York’s Surging Hard Cider Industry - EZRA

  • Featured Cidery & Cider Makers: Cornell Orchards and the Hard Cider Program Work Team

 

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Guide to buying Finger Lakes Cider online

Craft cideries now offering extra savings and shipping deals!

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