Aspall Cyder - Cider and Vinegar

International Women's Day

09th March 2018

Family, 1728-2028

In honour of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating some of the most influential women who have graced the history of Aspall. These are our top four women who have shaped the way that Aspall - and our people - operate today.
  • Isabel Chevallier

    Cyder to Celebrate: Isabel’s Berry

    Isabel married into Aspall Cyder bringing with her a level head, an incredibly warm manner & the most amazing ability to entertain. Her hospitality was second to none with her graciousness and homely manor filling Aspall Hall. This wife & mother looked after the care of the hall, entertaining, gardening & even helped out with the cyder making with ease and grace. Her love for gardening was passed down to her daughter Perronelle who also shared the same passion. 
  • Perronelle Chevallier

    Cyder to Celebrate: Perronelle’s Blush

    She pole vaulted over Aspall moat to cut down her walk to tennis class, travelled the world at 70 & survived the Spanish flu epidemic twice! But these were only her small achievements. As one of the first women to attend University & as a founder member of the Soil Association, Perronelle is a true inspiration to us all. We will be raising a glass of Perronelle’s Blush this evening to toast to her ambitious and determined mind set.  

  • Margaret

    Cyder to Celebrate: Harry Sparrow

    At the end of WWII, Aspall did in fact nearly stop making cyder. But, thanks to Margaret, we are still here today. She pushed forward with the cyder making and invested heavily ensuring that we never stopped production. She also managed to get our Head Cyder Maker at the time, Harry Sparrow, to write down his memoirs. To celebrate her sheer determination & love for our workers, we will toast in her honour with a pint of Harry Sparrow. Cyder to Celebrate: Harry Sparrow  

  • Jenny Chevallier

    Cyder to Celebrate: 1728

    Behind every great man normally stands the most amazing woman & this was definitely the case for Jenny’s husband John, the 7th generation owner of Aspall. She supported him as a business partner, a deal negotiator and sounding board all whilst raising two children. Even since retirement, Jenny still walks across the orchards every day to the Aspall site with her dogs to collect her post. To celebrate this strong, sophisticated and elegant woman, we will be raising a glass of 1728 Fine Sparkling Cyder in her honour.