Brad Koehler, Orchardist
David Biun, Cidermaker
Forbes Magazine called Windfall Orchard cider the “spectacular hard cider you’ve never heard of” because you just can't get your hands on this cider outside of Vermont. In January we're excited to bring you two hard cider varieties from Windfall Orchard: Windfall Ice Cider will ship to all CIDRBOX subscribers, and the native yeast fermented Windfall Farmhouse Hard Cider, will ship to all 6-bottle and 12-bottle CIDRBOX subscribers.
Most of us know the word windfall to mean a piece of unexpected good fortune – and this month's CIDRBOX certainly is. But the word windfall originated in the orchard – it means an apple blown down from a tree by the wind – and Windfall Orchard received its name from the country doctor, Ted Collier, who pulled it from a poem by his neighbor, the poet Robert Frost, who taught just down the road at the Bread Loaf School of English. Collier acquired the orchard when it was just a strip of Rhode Island Greenings planted in 1918. In the 1950s, Collier and his friend and orchardist Art Blaise grew the acreage to over 50 varieties of heirloom varieties including Northern Spy, McIntosh, Cortland, Roxbury Russet, Esopus Spitzenburg, Winter Banana and the Westfield Seek-No-Further.
Since acquiring the orchard in 2002, orchardist Brad Koehler has expanded the apple varieties to over eighty, through the careful grafting old McIntosh or Red Delicious trees with heirloom, cider and dessert apple varieties. Koehler’s Farmhouse Hard Cider contains over twenty of these apple varieties; Windfall Orchard Ice Cider contains over thirty. Windfall Ice Cider also includes old chance seedling varieties that only exist at Windfall Orchard, and are picked by hand when perfectly ripe to ensure that the fruits’ peak aromatics and flavor carry through to the finished ice cider. All of the apples in Windfall Orchard ciders are sourced from their Cornwall orchard alone, providing you with a true taste of regional terroir.