The team at Slabtown invited us for a chat and tour of their gorgeous new facility; as well as sample some charcuterie and their full unique line of ciders in July of 2020. Below is the podcast and some photos of the space.
While Grey & Gold has been making cider for a bit now, the cidery is newly opened to the public in July, with over 5.5 acres of cider trees planted and a lovely tasting area + retail space. We spoke to owner and cider maker David Baker about his place and more.
For our second extended tour, we are taking on the Niagara Region. Fortune led us to the area for a wedding, so its possible to do the whole tour in a single day, however, it would be unwise to try to push it. Enjoy our trip along the photos and interviews, as available.
Map of our travels:
Each individual page on our tours section:
Cidery Tour: Ironwood Cider, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 2019) -Pictures and Podcast
Cidery Tour: Shiny Cider, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 2019) -Pictures and Podcast
Cidery Tour: Niagara Cider Company, Niagara, ON (July 2019) -Pictures and Podcast
Cidery Tour: Niagara Teaching College, Niagara ON (July 2019) -Pictures and Podcast
Cidery Tour: Rood Apples, Jordan Station, ON (July 2019) -Pictures and Podcast
Cidery Tour: Tall Post, Hamilton, ON (July 2019) -Pictures and Podcast
Being a part of the OCCA, we were lucky enough to learn about the research that the University of Guelph is doing to more efficiently grow and harvest apples for cider production. So after a weekend of cider (Our event with Duxbury at Cider House in Toronto and the Toronto Cider Festival) we took the trip to Simcoe – along with about 75 others – to learn what research was going on in the area.
There are a handful of researchers working on various parts of the cider process. Simcoe is one of 4 designated areas in Ontario which have special apple growing trees, planted a few years ago, finally starting to bare fruit the last 2 years.
The day started with talks on scientific research regarding apple growing, apple varieties and more. It progressed to talks from Gregory Peck from Cornell University about cider growing and the US cider industry; as well as a talk from Richard Liu – president of the OCCA – on the state of craft cider in Ontario. We even got an introduction on the work being done on yeasts and fermenting processes from the Escarpment Labs in Guelph.
Many cideries, apple growers, agricultural consultants and more were in attendance this day. Its wonderful to see people from all aspects of the cider community come together to learn and chat about how to make cider a better beverage for you to consume.
We ended the session at Bonnieheath Estates down the road from the research station, for some sampling of their 2 flagship, year-round ciders, and to learn about their unique history as a farm.
We are happy to speak directly if anyone has questions about it.