Welcome in the lighter evenings and warmer days with crisp Cornish cider, writes Alexandra Hurley…

Fowey Valley Cider has launched a deliciously fresh new cider flavour, Castledore, which calls for afternoons spent lounging in the summer sun. Pack up your cool box with this lightly sparkling, medium-dry cider for a refreshing extra to a picnic, beach barbecue or garden party.
Made at the Fowey Valley Cider artisan cidery in the village of Golant on the banks of the River Fowey, the local apples produce an alluring natural gold-blush and clean, crisp taste. The cider takes its name, Castledore, from the Iron Age fort Castle Dore, which stands a few hundred metres from the Fowey Valley orchard.
Artisan cider-maker Barrie Gibson, owner of Fowey Valley Cider, has rekindled many local cider-making traditions since he first started making cider 20 years ago. He uses only traditional, local cider-making methods and apples from orchards within just a 40-mile radius from the apple press. He is also keen to educate fellow cider enthusiasts, offering courses in artisanal cider-making in Golant.
The cider is available to buy from Ellis Wharton Wines (ewwines.co.uk) or visit foweyvalleycider.co.uk for more information on where you can get your own taste of summer.

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