Cidrerie L'Hermitière • France
Run by Dominique and Nathalie Plessis, Cidrerie L’Hermetière sits in the middle of the Perche Natural Reserve Park, among the rolling hills of the Perche region of Normandy (where Percheron horses come from). They’ve been around for 20 years, making cider from traditional apples grown in their own 15 hectare orchard. They use organic growing methods, and look forward to the day their organic certification is granted (they began the process of going organic in 2008).
The ciders are crafted in the ancestral way – using just the juice of pure cider apples. They ferment naturally, and are unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through bottle-conditioning.