New York's State of Cider
Apple growers and cider makers from across New York state have united around using the Seal of New York Cider as a way to identify hard cider made with 100% apples from New York. The seal’s use on labels is intended to help drinkers find farm-based ciders of distinction and character.
Inspired by the excellence of the fruit growing in their backyard, and influenced by the presence of Cornell University’s world-class Apple Research Center and Craft Beverage Institute, New York cider makers have the tools to innovate and push cider making forward.
Historically, the growers and makers in New York have united around collaboration, cooperation, and a common interest in using the highest quality cider fruit. Whether on the farm or in the city, today’s cider community continues that culture.
From the shores of the Great Lakes, across the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes, and through the fertile Hudson River Valley, New York has the ideal climate, soils and weather patterns for growing extraordinary cider apples.
Set amidst the beauty and industry of the river valley and its orchards, cideries in the Hudson Valley showcase New York apples all year long, and never more than during June’s Cider Week Hudson Valley, when trees are just setting fruit and Destination Ciders flow freely from Albany to Westchester.
Running from Buffalo to Rochester like the Erie Canal, Western New York’s historic apple belt provides a platform for ciders made from fruit grown on the shores of New York’s Great Lakes, our most productive apple farming region.
Small homestead orchards located on glacial lakeside soil, eateries and shops that understand cider’s role in the culinary culture of the Northeast, and Cornell University’s facilities for cider apple horticulture and fermentation have centered the Finger Lakes in the national conversation about cider.
New York Cider is being made in the Catskills, the Berkshires, on Long Island, and in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, where Cider Week NYC brings cider makers from all corners of the state to the city for fine dining, easy drinking, and good times in between over nine days in November.
- 1HUDSON VALLEY
- 2WESTERN NEW YORK
- 3FINGER LAKES
- 4AND BEYOND