- MONMOUTHSHIRE -
'Ty-Bryn Cider, Perry, and apple juice is produced at Upper House Farm, Grosmont located in north Monmouthshire. We are a working farm that has been farmed by three generations of the Watkins family.
The cider is produced from apples grown in our old-fashioned traditional grazed orchards. Our cider is made from a blend of varieties, some old like Tom Putt, and some more modern varieties like Dabinett. All of our cider is pressed on our working farm where it is left to mature in traditional oak barrels, and stored in a stone cellar which was built in the 1700's for storing cider.
Over the past few years our perries and ciders have won several awards including four consecutive gold awards for the sweetened sparkling bottled cider at the Welsh Championships. At the 2009 Great Taste Awards a gold award, three stars, was won for their Discovery and Bramley apple juice and one star for their bottled cider. A silver award at the 2009 Wales True Taste competition was won with the same apple juice in the non-alcoholic category. In 2010 we won the champion perry at the Welsh Perry and Cider championships along with a silver medal for the champion cider. In 2011 and 2017 we gained a silver medal for our sweet draught perry at the WPCS championships. In 2012 and 2017 we we gained a gold award for our bottled sparkling perry. In 2013 we received a silver medal for our Blakeney red perry, the same variety also went on to get a gold medal in 2014, when we also recieved a bronze award for our sunset cider.
Plus numerous other awards more recently. We still only use local apples and – when it’s time to press and to bottle – our friends and family still gather to lend a hand.'