Drawn by the great traditions and great ciders of Herefordshire, inspired by the people who make them and captivated by perfect terroir and the beautiful bittersweet apples grown there, we journeyed west.
So it was that, in late 2014, on a small five-acre piece of land in northern Herefordshire, below an ancient hill fort overlooking the Malvern Hills, Little Pomona Orchard & Cidery was born.
We named our “Little” cidery after Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit trees and the orchard, and like her we determinedly guard and nurture our apple trees.
Ramones fans among you will find another connection.
Three years on we are launching our first cider from the 2015 harvest, with more waiting in the wings, still maturing, waiting for their moment to be released.
To get this far has been a real community effort, with friends and family lending us their help and support throughout. Big love to you all, we couldn’t have done it without you.
James & Susanna Forbes
A wholly natural approach to cider making is at the core of everything we do. We hand pick and hand select each apple. We age our fruit in small crates until the balance of acid, sugars, tannins and fruit is just right before milling and then pressing. We ferment with natural yeast, and wait until the cider says it’s ready before release. That’s it. No water or sugar additions. No pasteurisation, filtration or artificial carbonation.
Three years on we are launching Feat of Clay, our first cider from the 2015 harvest. Made primarily from Dabinett and Foxwhelp, Feat of Clay is still, dry and tangy, with ripe, silky tannins and notes of yellow and green apples, nectarine and citrus fruit. We will release further batches of cider throughout the year.View Feat of Clay 2015 product sheet (PDF)
Little Pomona will be heading to the following shops.