Craft Ciders in Ithaca
“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.”
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.
Cider Week returns to the Finger Lakes this fall. Cider geek or novice, you'll find fun and educational events exploring cider.
Cider Week, October 2-17, is a hybrid virtual/in-person event: virtual pairing and educational events, to socially-distanced orchard tours and exclusive outdoor guided tastings. ciderweeknewyork.com
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.
Visit, taste and experience Finger Lakes cideries across the greater Ithaca area...
For the most up-to-date hours and visitor safety policies, please visit the cideries' respective websites and social media pages.
Finger Lakes Cider House
Fall 2021 Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM, Friday, 11AM-9PM Saturday, 11AM -7PM
Groups of 8 or more require reservation one week in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Hill Cider
Hours: Monday and Thursday 12PM-9PM, Friday and Saturday 12PM-8PM, Sunday: 12PM - 7PM
You can taste their cider at the South Hill Cider tasting room
Grisamore Cider Works
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8AM-5PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM
U-Pick | Farm Store | Nursery | Farm Animals | Tours | Hay Rides
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Monday 11AM–5PM, Sunday Noon–5PM
Appointment Only Tasting Rooms
Cider tastings on Saturdays with advance reservation
Black Diamond Cider
Cider tastings and orchard tours by appointment
Redbyrd Orchard Cider
Not currently open for tastings due to construction project. Purchase cider at the Trumansburg Farmers' Market on Wednesdays, 4-7 PM, May through October.
No On-Site Tasting Room, but can be found at the Ithaca Farmer's Market
Learn More About Craft Cider
- Available any time on the New York Cider Association's YouTube page
Cider Conversations | Cider Tastings | Orchard and Cidery Tours
- 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
Ithaca Area Cider in the News:
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
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
Featured Cidery & Cider Makers: Cornell Orchards and the Hard Cider Program Work Team