Mike Johnson, owner of the Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry Company at Broome Farm, Peterstow, Herefordshire, is this year’s winner of CAMRA’s prestigious award after a series of glowing nominations from CAMRA members and people within the cider and perry industry. Johnson was singled out particularly for his work in nurturing new talent in the cider world.

One individual who nominated Mike Johnson for the Pomona Award 2009, said:

Mike (Johnson) is a very good cider-maker but the reason why he deserves to win this award is nothing to do with his skill in this respect. In short, the cider and perry community owes Mike a huge debt of gratitude for his selfless dedication to helping encourage new producers to enter the market, even though they are in direct competition with him. This attitude, combined with his interests in ecology and benefitting the local community through holding an annual Cider Festival is reason enough to give Mike this award.’

The Pomona Award is named after the Roman Goddess of apples and is presented by CAMRA to the person, place or thing who has done the most to promote real cider or perry primarily over the previous twelve months and secondarily, where there is no outstanding contender in the last twelve months, for ongoing work.

National Cider and Perry Month takes place in October each year to celebrate the craft industry of real cider and perry production. For more information on the Month, or to find an event near you, please visit www.camra.org.uk/cidermonth

  • Fantastic news, Mike is one of our favourite producers. His diversity and knowledge is unsurpassed and always has a warm welcome (and an interesting cider) available when we visit.

    We are proud to be able to offer Mikes range of ciders (and perries depending on availability) to both the public (http://www.ciderpunk.com) and trade (http://www.ciderprovider.com) online delivered straight from Mikes' farm to you via DHL couriers.

    Congratulations again.

    Dom Leech
    CiderProvider Ltd

  • Hi Dom,

    thanks very much for leaving your comments, really means a lot. Hope you enjoy the site, lots more exciting ideas coming in the next few months.

    Yes, looking forward to tasting the cider that Mike produces. He is obviously as well respected as our friend at Mudgeley, Roger Wilkins.

    It's great to have characters like this in the business, even with all the legal red tape, customs duties and agricultural laws they still are true gents in what they have always been passionate about.. apples!

    Cheers,

    Jim Callender