The first orchards at Aspall were planted by our forebear Clement Chevallier in 1728. Alongside his mill, he brought mainly bittersweet varieties with him but also used local sour fruit to add to his blend. As each generation passed, new varieties were planted to allow even more styles of cyder to be produced.
Today, we grow 46 different varieties of apple on the estate. Our oldest trees date back to the 1900's, and the youngest are barely a couple of years old. Many of our ‘children’ are grown from the budwood of the finest trees already on the estate; varieties that are no longer available commercially yet they make the very finest cyders. The Aspall estate is crammed with diverse wildlife – hooting owls, shy red, fallow, roe and muntjac deer, spotted flycatchers, a vast panoply of moths and butterflies – they are a glorious, wonderful haven and define our cyders, our vinegars and our ethos.