J Dillon and Sons Cider

The only cider hand crafted on Bruny Island. The Dillons have been growing fruit on Bruny Island since 1922. John Joseph Dillon’s first orchard was planted on the family property ‘Glensyon’ at Alonnah, South Bruny Island. JJ Dillon, and later his son and grandson, grew classic Tasmanian apple varieties. They sent boxes of their fruit by sea to markets in Europe and kept enough at home for cider making.

Now, JJ Dillon’s great grand-daughter Bernice makes farmhouse-style cider on-site in the winery at Bruny Island Premium Wines. Made from a blend of Jonagold, Pink Lady and Royal Gala apples into a yummy crisp, refreshing cider. The fruit for our cider making was grown in the famous Huon Valley apple region, where they grow some of the best apples in the world, not far across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from Bruny Island. Such a great base makes a fantastic cider. The cider is fermented rather then brewed using Champagne yeast similar to how we do our white wine varietals. Tasmania grown ginger and blackberries are reduced in house by our Chef and added just before carbonation.  All our ciders are hand bottled and labelled weekly so you’re always getting the freshest cider possible.

Apple Cider

WOW! This has apples, apples and more apples on the palate.  Great mouth feel, refreshing, tasty, and crisp. Perfect on a sunny day in the vineyard. Pair with our daily cut of pork, Island tasting platter or smoked salt almonds.

Ginger and Apple Cider

Straight up, a great ginger aroma which is quite subtle on the palate, with some nice white pepper spice on the finish. A great all-round food cider.
Pair with our daily cut of beef, lamb or pork, Island tasting platter or take with you and enjoy some fish and chips!

Blapple Cider

What a combo! Apple and Blackberry, it doesn’t get much better than this. A little bit sweeter, this cider served on ice with a mint leaf makes it more like a cider cocktail, its also a great roadie to enjoy your afternoon in the sun down by the water.

Pair with an Island tasting platter, cheese platter, wallaby back strap or any spicy food.

Cherry & Apple Cider

Cherry and Apple, well why not!  Made with Bruny Island Cherries.  Try with a slice of lime, yum!  Great summertime go too or anytime really.

Pair with some spicy food or your favourite strong cheese.