Warwickshire cidery to feature on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch

Napton Cidery’s whisky cask cider is one of three selected to be critiqued on Sunday Brunch by industry professional Gabe Cook.

The cidery, located in Napton-on-the-Hill, began as a hobby nine years ago for Jolyon and Charlotte Olivier, following a trip to Cornwall and an introduction to craft cider. Today, the team say they harvest, press, bottle and distribute more than 90,000 litres of craft cider a year, using 17 types of apples from six orchards. 

The couple raised £170k in April from a crowdfunding campaign. This enabled them to survive the pandemic as well as allowing them to put their sights on the international market. 

The limited edition recipe featuring on Channel 4’s weekend show is 7.7% oak-aged cider and is made up of kingston black apples from a 30 year old orchard, matured in single malt whisky casks from Auchentoshan distillery using wild yeasts and natural sugars. 

Jolyon said: “We feel absolutely delighted to see our product live on national television. It seems like yesterday we were making cider in the garage. Seeing our cider picked as one of three on Channel Four with the likes of Gabe Cook gives us a great sense of achievement. Rest assured we will be celebrating during Sunday Brunch and toasting to this massive milestone.”