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"By appointment" Cideries
A few cideries have tasting rooms but are only open to visitors by appointment. Schedule a one-on-one tasting with the hands behind the craft. You learn, experience, and appreciate the glass in front of you more than you knew you could. Scroll down for information on those cideries.

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.

Don't just take it from us. Read why The Finger Lakes Is to Cider What Napa Is to Wine. 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. 

 

Wassailing at Redbyrd Orchard Cider
Wassailing Festivities at Redbyrd Orchard Cider

 

Thank you for visiting for Finger Lakes Cider Week! It was an amazing success and even listed in "The Absolute Best Fall Festivals to Check Out in 2019" by Maxim! Missed the week? Fear not, cider is a delight you can experience year-round! 

 

Jan. 17 — Wassailing at Redbyrd Orchard Cider
Join us for an evening of rousing fun and revelry! We’ll stomp through the orchard and then share in music and food and libation. Bring a dish to pass and stay for dinner! We’ll have a few flashlight led winter orchard tours, lots of hot cider, and fiddle music to knock your socks off…so dress warm! We’ll march down the orchard rows, sing songs, pour cider on the ground round the oldest tree, offer cider soaked toast to the tree spirits and bang on pots to rid the orchard of the naughty spirits…Redbyrd style, of course.

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
Schedule a private tour and tasting 
Watch their video with Eric explaining his orchard and cider
Find their ciders in restaurants and bottle shops around town

South Hill Cider
Tasting Room
Thursday-Monday 11AM-6PM

You can also taste their cider at the Saturday and Sunday Ithaca Farmer's Market

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

Phonograph Cider
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

 

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