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 their orchards continue to thrive and the shop continues to open every Friday and Saturday.
Dunkertons medium-sweet premium organic cider is made from a blend of traditional cider apple varieties. The result is a smoother, sweeter cider that will remind you of summer even in the dark of winter.
Moderately strong aromas of fruitiness and honey undertones the flavour is slightly smokey. Full bodied with a strong carbonation that makes a memorable first impression before declining away.