IF YOU ARE READING THIS THEN THIS MEANS YOU HAVE SCORED!
You have just found the hub for craft cider in Australia. Whether you want to buy cider, make cider or just learn more about it, you are in the right place. If you're not into cider then something went wrong and you need to go back!
Our community of cider heads is growing all the time as people like you get involved to learn more, support local producers and taste the best examples of this fine drink. Join us!
Here you can buy the best ciders in Australia, made by real people using real fruit. And by "cider" we mean real craft cider. Cider as it used to be, using traditional methods and letting the fruit and the natural process of fermentation do the work. Proper stuff.
Many of the ciders you will find on this site you will not find in your local bottle shop; this is the top shelf selection. Small batches, limited editions and ciders you didn't even know existed. You best put some newspaper down because you can buy ciders here that will blow your mind!
None of our ciders are made from concentrates or contain anything artificial. We are very strict about that and present only the best ciders on the market. We have award-winning ciders that are made with passion by real people because they love it.
Learn the story behind the people making these amazing products and put a face to that drink in your hand. If you care about what you are drinking and where it came from then this is the place for you.
OUR MARKETPLACE CONNECTS YOU TO THE CIDER MAKERS DIRECTLY
You get access to all the weird and wonderful ciders in Australia and cider makers get access to people like you: people who want to support local Australian producers and buy the best ciders you can get.
There is a drink for every occasion in these pages. Whether it's a session cider, a complement to a gourmet feast or a unique gift you need, we have something for you. We encourage you to explore, try something different and learn about what is out there.
You are going to have lots of fun working your way through the mix of styles and flavours. We have everything from sweet to bone dry; champagne style to completely still; crisp and fresh to rich and full bodied; light and easy to strong and serious; crystal clear to cloudy with sediment in the bottom. There are ciders here that have caused people to convert to cider. We've seen it with our own eyes and it is a beautiful thing. Miracles do happen you know!
For those interested in learning more about how to appreciate cider, how to make it or how to start a cider business, keep an eye on the website or our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages because we have a program of content coming that includes articles, videos, links and interviews with cider makers and key people from the cider industry in Australia and internationally. Cider has been around for thousands of years and there is a rich heritage, history and culture behind it across the world. Be part of this and learn about this amazing drink.
If you are making real cider with love and passion then we would love to speak to you. Don't be a stranger, give us a ring!
WE ARE UNLIKELY PAIR
The son of a fish farming family from rural England and the daughter of an architect and interior designer from Bulgaria's capital. Girl meets boy, East meets West, country meets the city. We met in Turkey at a party and became good friends over a mutual love of the good life. We decided we needed a new adventure and came to Australia to build a new life.
Our shenanigans in the motherland had involved many a cider session and when we got here we went on the hunt for the good stuff. The cider we found in the pubs, hotels and bottle shops had plenty of 'real fruit flavour' but where was the fruit?! Now we're not snobs but we ain't putting that stuff in the system! We wanted real cider made from real apples and nothing else. Things were getting desperate and we thought we may need to head home to get a proper drink.
We weren't prepared to give up on our Australian adventure so easily and we began to seek another solution and no, that doesn't mean going back to beer! Our friend was winning awards with his craft cider in England and we began to investigate what it would take to bring it to Australia. We went to check out the competition at the cider awards and various food and drink festivals and in the course of our investigations we discovered something that put a smile on our faces: some top notch Australian ciders. They were here all along but they were only available to those in the know and they certainly weren't easy to find.
We revelled in our new found treasures and the trip home was called off. We had met some interesting characters and some great people along the way and we were keen to stay involved in this exciting and evolving industry. By this time we had samples of the English cider over and we became travelling salespeople; going round the bottle shops and pubs in Melbourne seeing if it would sell. It was fun and exciting but it was tough. Retailer margins were high, fridge space was limited and it was tough to get the bottles on the shelf. Our dream of importing cider was looking more and more unlikely.
It was time for a break. We had been working really hard and took a weekend away in the woods in country Victoria. We vowed to not do any work and just relax for a bit. It was in this rare moment of quiet and clarity that the realisation hit us like a ton of bricks. Cider lovers like us could not find the good stuff easily available. Cider makers were making amazing products but were struggling to sell it. Many people had ruled out cider because they hadn't yet tried a good one. They had no idea they had been drinking synthetic fruit juice with no fruit in it. The situation began to become clear and we knew what we had to do. We would build the platform that would connect cider lovers to cider makers in a mutually beneficial, sustainable way, and we would use this platform to help educate consumers in what real cider is; with all the history, complexity and culture that sits behind this ancient drink.
THE CIDER LINK WAS BORN
After the initial excitement the scale of the task brought us back down to earth pretty hard. We had a lot to do and we didn't even know how to do most of it! We rolled our sleeves up and got stuck in. Now, many months of ups and downs, long days and late nights later, we are here. This platform is our labour of love. It aims to do three things: to make the best ciders in the country available to you on your doorstep; to do so in a way that supports the good men and women who take nature's abundance and turn it into something special; and to provide information for those who want to learn more about these people, the process they go through and the products they make.
Our intention is to offer you the best range of craft cider available in Australia online and we are well on the way there. Our marketplace business model provides a better deal than other channels for cider makers and is a low risk option for small producers testing the market. Everyone's a winner and that's the way it should be. Business that has a positive impact and supports people and communities in a sustainable way. This is our small contribution to making the world a better place and we hope you enjoy the experience and the cider. Oh the cider!!!