The White Boar Cider Farm:
Our cider press, made from ancient oak beams
It has been our dream to grow an English cider apple orchard here in Croatia, overcoming the differences in climate and conditions in the hope of producing a decent English Cider.
To this end, in 2014, we started to plant local apple varieties and grafted them with famous English cider apple varieties. Most trees have now reached the first or second year of fruit bearing and, despite the dry summer heatwaves and the deep cold winters, we now have a small but healthy young orchard of cider apples.
We have experimented with many types and to date the most succesful have been Dabinett, Kingston Black, Tom Putt, Somerset Redstreak, Yarlington Mill, Tremletts Bitter and Crimson King. Other types have shown good vigour but have yet to fruit, particularly Broxwood Foxwhelp and Le Bret. We are hoping to add nore varieties to this unique Croatian orchard.
The press and cider cellar are ready and waiting for our first crop and by Autumn 2018 we should see our first serious pressing.