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Socially-Distanced Cider
Socially-Distanced Cider
Select cideries are reopening so you can enjoy a glass outdoors. Pictured here is the outdoor seating at South Hill Cider.

Quality Craft Ciders

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

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—10 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. 

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

 

Redbyrd Orchard Cider Tasting Room
Redbyrd Orchard Cider's Tasting Room 


An Award-Winning Region

2020 Great American Cider Competition

Nearly sweeping the top 3 categories, Ithaca's cideries were awarded 10 out of the top 14 medals available. 
Grand Award/Best in Show - Black Diamond Cider
Platinum Medals - South Hill Cider (2), Black Diamond Cider (1), and Kite & String Cider/Finger Lakes Cider House (1)
Gold Medals - Black Diamond Cider (2), Kite & String Cider/Finger Lakes Cider House (2), and South Hill Cider (1)
Silver Medals - Black Diamond Cider (2), and South Hill Cider (1)

2019 Great American Cider Competition

Grand Award/Best in Show - Kite & String Cider/Finger Lakes Cider House
Platinum Medals - Black Diamond (2), New York Cider Company (1), Redbyrd Orchard Cider (1), Eve's Cidery (1), and Kite & String Cider/Finger Lakes Cider House (1)
Gold Medals - Eve's Cidery (3), Black Diamond Cider (2), New York Cider Company (2), Redbyrd Orchard Cider (2), and South Hill Cider (1)
Silver Medals - Eve's Cidery (1), Redbyrd Orchard Cider (1), and South Hill Cider (1)

"The thin isthmus between deep blue Cayuga and Seneca lakes may have the finest concentration of artisan cideries in the nation. What’s emerging is a legitimate cider trail stretching from Ithaca in the south, through the village of Trumansburg, all the way north to Geneva."
The Finger Lakes Is to Cider What Napa Is to Wine

 

Black Diamond Farm Cider
Black Diamond Cider's Tasting Room

 

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 1 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 

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

Blackduck Cidery
Tasting Room Reopen for Bottle Sales Only

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

Appointment Only Tasting Rooms 

Eve’s Cidery

Black Diamond Cider
Tasting Room Reopen with Socially Distanced Practices 

Redbyrd Orchard Cider

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.

 

Ithaca Area Cider in the News

Cider Bottles

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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