Venton's Devon Cyder History
Devon Cyder has been made in the traditional way from our Devon orchards for the past 100 years that we know of. Looking at old maps of the local area it's probably much longer than that. Our orchards are well balanced and were well thought out by the old school cider makers who planted them all those years ago. Their knowledge was rarely documented but their legacy lives on in the trees we harvest and the new trees we graft from them.
Whiteways Orchard Heritage
The famous Whiteways Devon Cyder Company were based 2 miles from us and for nearly a century, the orchards surrounding us were nurtured and used to make their cider. Famously Whiteways exported thousands of gallons of cider to America during the post-prohibition era. In it's heyday the orchards at Whimple were known to be the most extensive in the world. Whiteways closed in 1985 due to the decline in popularity and the factory land was sold of for housing. The orchards, including our own became redundant for many years but have now, thankfully found a new lease of life due to the renewed interest in real cider.
Our methods of producing cider are as traditional as they get in Devon. Devon cider apples, natural yeast from the apples and orchards, a crusher, a twin screw oak press, barley straw and oak barrels are all still used, just as they did when cider was made to supply farms and their workers over the centuries. Nowadays, due to demand and increased production, a hydraulic press, washer elevator mill and large holding tanks are also used but the traditional approach and still applies.
Inspired by the history and heritage of where we live, our aim is to consistently make cider that our predecessors would have been proud of. Ventons Devon Cyder is based on a local history which we want to ensure plays a part in the future. In case you were wondering why we spell Cyder with a Y, it is to preserve an old Devon tradition from times when that spelling was the standard.