Dunkertons history reaches back to 1980 when Ivor and Susie Dunkerton made the decision to escape London and buy a small holding in Pembridge, Herefordshire. They realised that with such a small amount of land they needed to specialise in some form of agriculture and spotted that traditional cider making presented a fantastic opportunity.
At that time in Herefordshire there were two companies that dominated cider production with very few traditional cider makers despite the vast number of orchards. Ivor and Susie set about making a unique cider whilst operating in a similar fashion to a vineyard. Importantly they wanted to make cider without using concentrates or chemicals therefore working with what mother nature had to offer, using the land and eco system to help them produce pure fruit cider apples and perry pears grown in their own orchards at Pembridge. By 1988 Dunkertons Cider had been awarded Soil Association certification as both grower and producer for their commitment to environmental values.
In 2014 Ivor and Susie decided to pass the business on to their son Julian Dunkerton who is the founder of global clothing brand Superdry and he appointed Bean Benson as Managing Director.
2016 saw the production of cider moved to Gloucestershire to a specially developed site just outside Cheltenham in Dowdeswell. The move to Dowdeswell Park facilitates future growth plans which includes creating new ciders and exporting to further overseas territories. The site at Dowdeswell will have a purposely built shop for fans of our cider to come and buy from us as well as book cider tours and tastings. Meanwhile in Pembridge thier orchards continue to thrive and the shop continues to open every Friday and Saturday.
From the earliest times rural communities have told stories of many fantastic and unusual creatures which have supposedly lived in their locality. The lush rolling countryside of North West Herefordshire is no exception where folklore stories tell of an animal which has evaded capture by farmer and huntsman alike; The Black Fox. The red fox has always existed however the belief grew that there was also a fox “as black as night, so that it might live in a man"„¢s shadow and so never be seen"�. A favoured haunt of the BLACK FOX is the cider orchard.
Dunkertons Organic Black Fox cider has fragrant notes of traditional cider apple varieties which we have carefully blended together to give a deliciously robust cider leaving your mouth full of lively sweet and tangy after tastes. Translucent in colour with light golden honey hues.