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We had visited this fantastic area of France in 2009, however this time we had more time to explore the cidrerie’s we didn’t visit the last time.

This time we enjoyed cider with our fish and crepes whilst camping in Brittany. Cider is also made here in south western France, in the French part of the Basque Country. It is a traditional drink there and is making a recovery. Ciders produced here are generally of the style seen in the Spanish part of the Basque Country. Also cider is generally served in traditional ceramic bowls (or wide cups) rather than glasses.

Bretagne Cider Mug with local poire (perry)

We visited the Du Pont cidrerie where it wasn’t just the cider that was fantastic, the chateau and the estate are well cared for, and being there just before the harvest to see the fruit. A real treat. The Du Pont’s are experimental in their cider making, bringing in new apples to blend with more traditional local apples – resulting in a refined taste and numerous awards from their knowledge and expertise in their industry. They are the only Ice Cider producer in France!

We also visited Pierre Huet in Cambremer who look like they are rapidly expanding with the increasing interest and tourism to the village with a new visitor centre and shop. Cambremer is a picturesque and peacefull village whatever time of year you visit, and the heart of the Route de Cidre area.

As we were staying near Houlgate, we also learnt about the regular farmers market at Dives Sur Mer. Shopping in the traditional Tuesday market in Dives is quite an event, not least because it all takes place inside the spectacular timbered halls with a red-tiled roof, built in the 15th century so that the local monastery could levy market taxes.

Here you will find a range of local ciders, bread, cheeses, honeys and meat on offer.  The french certainly have an unrivalled passion for superior food and drink which is not hard to see when you visit this enchanting region of North France.

The photographs below show all the places we visited during our visit:

We visited Northern France in the summer, and toured the Route de Cidre – which is a tourist trail where you can visit a fine selection of traditional cider makers in the North of the country.

France is the second largest consumer of cider

.. after the UK. France consumes 13% of all cider made in Europe, 63.7 million litres of cider was made in France in 2007.

The main regions for cider makers are..

Pay D’Auge, and Domfront – both in Normandy, and Cornouaille in Brittany.

It varies in strength from below 4% alcohol to considerably more.Cidre Doux is a sweet cider, usually up to 3% in strength. ‘Demi-Sec’ is 3–5% and Cidre Brut is a strong dry cider of 5% alcohol and above. Most French ciders are sparkling. Higher quality cider is sold in champagne-style bottles (cidre bouché).

Visiting French producers you will be able to taste Cider ‘Cru de Cambremer’, Poire (perry), Calvados and Pommeau – Normandy’s own ‘aperitif’.

There is only one sure fire way to distinguish industrial ciders from outstanding artisanal cider

.. by looking for the AOC (Appellation d’origne controllee) mark on the label. These are legal guarantees of geographical origin, traditional methods of production and quality.

Recommended cidre, poire, calvados and pommeau producers in Normandy:

View our list of French cider producers.

We hope you enjoy the photos, and encourage you to visit this special area of France!

Here is a list of Cider and Perry Producers in Europe.

If you have visited any producers, or want to be added as a producer yourself, just email us the details to be added to this page.

Austria

The Mostviertel region in the South-West of Lower Austria boats an amazingly rich perry culture and regiuonal food of the highest quality. Mostviertel derives its name from the German word for cider and perry.

Recommended cider producers in Austria:


Belgium


The Renaissance of an iconic Cider Tradition since 1898 –

Cidre Ruwet.

France

Visiting French producers you will be able to taste Cider ‘Cru de Cambremer’, Poire (perry), Calvados and Pommeau – Normandy’s own ‘aperitif’.

The main regions for cider makers are Pay D’Auge, and Domfront – both in Normandy, and also Cornouaille in Brittany.

Recommended cidre, poire, calvados and pommeau producers in Normandy:

Further links:


Germany

German cider, or Apfelwein is mainly produced and consumed in Hesse, particularly in the Frankfurt, Wetterau and Odenwald areas, in Moselfranken, Merzig (Saarland) and the Trier area.

Recommended cider producers in Germany:

Further links:


Holland

  • Pommedor Cider 6 St. George Street in Amsterdam. Owner Martijn de Wal 06 51761954 Twitter @pommedorcider Call first to avoid disappointment!

Norway

  • Hardangar Cider, Hardanger Saft- og Siderfabrikk, Lekve Gard, Ulvik v. Nils J. Lekve 5730 Ulvik

Spain

The two main regions of ancient cider tradition are Asturias in the west, and the Basque country to the east of the Atlantic shoreline. Natural cider in Spain in labelled ‘sidra natural’.

Recommended sidra producers and areas in Asturias:

  • Sidreria El Canu, Calle del Carmen 4, Villaviciosa
  • El Polesu, Angel Tarano 3, Cangas de Onis
  • La Sifoneria, San Pelayo, Cangas de Onis
  • Sidra Viuda de Corsino, La Riega, Nava, Asturias
  • Sidreria La Figar, La Riega, Asturias
  • SidraRoza, Carretera Villabona, Nava, Asturias
  • Aralar (Calle del Puerto, 10, San Sebastian
  • Sidreria Itxaropena Calle Embeltran, 16, San Sebastian
  • Sidreria Donostiarra Calle Embeltran, 5, San Sebastian
  • Sidreria Arriaga, Santa Maria, 13, Bilbao
  • Sagardotegi Artxanda, Artxanda, Bilbao

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