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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 was listed in "The Absolute Best Fall Festivals to Check Out in 2019" by Maxim! Spanning across 11 days, with 25+ events all across Ithaca. Check it out and then book your trip!

Finger Lakes Cider Week

Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 | 10 days, 12 cideries, 25+ events in Ithaca

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 – 
Not Far From the Tree: An Exploration of Cider and Apples hosted by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at Coltivare 

 

Friday, Sept. 27-Oct. 6 – 
Prix Fixe Cider Week Menu at Hazelnut Kitchen

 

Friday, Sept. 27-29 –
Apple Harvest Festival on the Ithaca Commons
Be sure to visit the newest edition to the Apple Harvest Festival, the Farmer Showcase in Press Bay Alley on Saturday and Sunday!
Cider, Wine and Beer Tour on West Cayuga with Experience! The Finger Lakes
Meet the Cidermakers at Cellar D'Or (Eve's Cidery, South Hill Cider, Redbyrd Orchard Cider, Black Diamond Cider)

 

Saturday, Sept. 28 –
Book Signing
 and Cider Tasting with Jason Wilson (The Cider Revivalat Buffalo Street Books in Dewitt Mall
Redbyrd Orchard Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
Kite & String Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
Black Diamond Cidery: Orchard Tour and Tasting

Sunday, Sept. 29 –
Monks and Makers at Monks on the Commons
Zydeco Stomp and Apple Harvest Festival After Party at South Hill Cider

Monday, Sept. 30 –
Cider Pairing Dinner at McCormick's at Moakley House

 

Tuesday, Oct. 1 –
Cider Pairing Dinner with Redbyrd Orchard Cider at Hazelnut Kitchen
The Emerging FLX Cider Region discussion with Steve Selin (South Hill Cider), Ezra Sherman (Eve's Cidery), Ian Merwin (Black Diamond Cider) and Jason Wilson (The Cider Revival) at South Hill Cider
Cider, Wine and Beer on West Cayuga with Experience! The Finger Lakes

 

Wednesday, Oct. 2 –
Sciencenter After Dark: Cider & Cheese

 

Thursday, Oct. 3 –
Cider Barn Dinner with Jason Wilson 
(The Cider Revival) and The Piggery at Eve’s Cidery
Cider Pairing Dinner at Coltivare
Basics of Cider Tasting with Meredith Collins (Along Came A Cider) at The Watershed 

FLX Cider Week Celebration at Cornell University's Mann Library

Friday, Oct. 4 –
Cider Pairing Dinner with Grisamore Cider Works by Aurora Cooks
Cheese and Cider Dinner with The Cheese Course at South Hill Cider

Meet the Cidermakers at Cellar D'Or (Blackduck Cider, Kite & String Cider, Grisamore Cider Works, NY Cider Company)

Saturday, Oct. 5  – 
Eve's Cidery: Soil to Glass Orchard Tour and Tasting
Redbyrd Orchard Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
Kite & String Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
Black Diamond Cidery: Orchard Tour and Tasting
South Hill Cider: Orchard Tour and Tasting
FLX Orchard Trail (suggested based off tours above)

Sunday, Oct. 6 –
Cider Sunday at Cornell Orchards

 

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
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

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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