Skip to main content
cider paired with food

Quality Heritage & 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.

Finger Lakes Cider Week | 10 days, 12 cideries | Sept. 27 to Oct. 6

Photo of people strolling through the Ithaca Farmer's Market with Cider Week banner hanging overhead

Visit for Finger Lakes Cider Week, 10 days of cider packed dinners, tours, tastings, and various experiences!

Thursday, Sept. 26 – An Educational Experience with Apples and Cider at Coltivare Farm-to-Table Bistro
Sip cider sample while learning about the History of Cider, Foraging for Apples, the Science of Cider Tasting, and more.

Thursday, Sept. 27-Oct. 6 – Hazelnut Kitchen Cider Week Feature
Enjoy a specialized menu (with and without cider) during the ten days of festivities.

Friday, Sept. 27-29 – Apple Harvest Festival at the Ithaca Commons
Ithaca’s largest festival focusing on the mighty apple! Featuring local food, ciders, crafts, music, activities and more. Stop by the Farmer Showcase in Press Bay Alley, learn and participate in local agriculture.

Saturday, Sept. 28 –
The Cider Revival by Jason Wilson Book Signing and Cider Tasting at Buffalo Street Books in Dewitt Mall
Redbyrd Orchard Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
Join us in touring Redbyrd Orchard, a certified biodynamic cider orchard, as we taste the cider from the trees. 1-2:30pm. Free!
Kite & String Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
Join us for a guided orchard tour and cellar tasting with our cider makers. Enjoy a preview tasting of our new champagne style cider release. Tours begin at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. $8 fee.

Sunday, Sept. 29 – Monks and Makers at Monks on the Commons
An exclusive cider tasting event with tastings, hors d'oeuvres, the cider makers and you! Be sure to get a ticket before they’re all gone. 

Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Redbyrd Orchard Cider Pairing Dinner at Hazelnut Kitchen

Thursday, Oct. 3 – Coltivare Farm-to-Table Bistro Cider Pairing Dinner

Saturday, Oct. 5 
Redbyrd Orchard Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
Join us in touring Redbyrd Orchard, a certified biodynamic cider orchard, as we taste the cider from the trees. 1-2:30pm. Free!
Kite & String Cider: Tour and Tasting
Join us for a guided orchard tour and cellar tasting with our cider makers. Enjoy a preview tasting of our new champagne style cider release. Tours begin at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. $8 fee.

Sunday, Oct. 6 –
Cider Sunday at Cornell Orchards
Apple enthusiasts of all ages can come for a free afternoon of walks through Cornell’s research orchards, talks from educators and researchers, and a chance to taste fresh-pressed juice, made from dozens of different apples, including traditional European hard cider varieties. Additionally, there will be a reserved, 21+, meet-the-cider maker market where for the price of a four-bottle tote bag ($5) you can sample and purchase dozens of ciders from Finger Lakes growers and producers with ties to Cornell's Hard Cider program, served alongside a special selection of cider pairing snacks provided by Cornell Catering.
Cider Brunch at McCormick’s at Moakley House

Date TBD – Beyond Downtown: Cider Pairing Event at Gola Osteria
5 beyond downtown restaurants pair up with a local cidery and collaborate to create one course, served at their station. Attendees will make their way from the lounge to the patio, enjoying a special course at each station. More details to come.

Date TBD – Cider Pairing Dinner at McCormick’s at Moakley House

Cider Express special offer! $10 off a round trip OurBus ticket from NYC to Ithaca: purchase your ticket through OurBus, now through December 2019, enter coupon code VISITITHACA10

Tastings at FLX Cider House
Finger Lakes Cider House, Good Life Farm, and Kite & String Cider | Photo by Allison Usavage

 

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

Kite & String Cider at the Finger Lakes Cider House
Named the best Cider Establishment of the East by the Cider Maker Association of America in 2018
Their Pioneer Pippin won Best in Show two years in a row at the New York Cider Competition

Tasting Room
Open 7 days a week 11AM-5PM | Lunch served daily 11AM-4PM
Groups of 8 or more require reservation 1 week in advance (info@fingerlakesciderhouse.com)

Grisamore Cider Works
Tasting Room
Saturday 10AM-5PM | Sunday Noon-5PM | Monday-Friday by appointment only

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

Blackduck Cidery
Tasting Room
Friday-Sunday Noon-5PM

Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars
Tasting Room, Gift Shop and Tours
Monday-Saturday 11AM-5PM |Sunday Noon-5PM
No groups over 10 people
You can also taste their cider at the Saturday and Sunday Ithaca Farmer’s Market

Eve’s Cidery
Taste their cider at the Saturday and Sunday Ithaca Farmer’s Market
Schedule a private tour and tasting for a more personalized experience in their barn

Black Diamond Cider
Their Somerset Jersey won first place in the Heritage Dry category at Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP is one of the most prestigious cider competitions in the world). Their Hickster came in 3rd place in the Heritage Sweet category at GLINTCAP.
Taste their cider at the Saturday and Sunday Ithaca Farmer’s Market

Redbyrd Orchard Cider
Watch their video with Eric explaining his orchard and cider
Find their ciders in restaurants around town
Or attend one of their orchard walks or tasting events this summer!

South Hill Cider + Phonograph Cider
You can taste their cider at the Saturday and Sunday Ithaca Farmer’s Market
Their tasting room is in the process of being built

New York Cider Company
See Joseph's feature on Humans of New York that made his business boom.
You can taste their cider at the Saturday and Sunday Ithaca Farmer’s Market

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

 

Join us for a taste!

Request a Brochure
Visit Ithaca Brochure cover
Download our brochure or request a hard copy by mail.
Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau
A division of the Tompkins Chamber
904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 272-1313 | Toll Free: (800)-28-ITHACA
Ithaca is an LGBTQ-friendly community
The official web site of Ithaca, New York and Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Finger Lakes. Complete guide to Ithaca, NY hotels, attractions, dining, shopping and recreation with maps and driving directions.
I Love NY is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission.