It's no secret that WA makes some of the world's best beers - and the same can be said for our ciders. Here's five amazing spots making cider right here in WA.
Nestled on a stunning 40 acre fourth generation orchard in the Pickering Brook, Core Cider is a rustic and elegant space with a café and cidery on premises. Visitors can enjoy delicious meals while admiring the expansive apple orchard views and sip a variety of award-winning conventional and sparkling ciders (as well as some local wines). For a more immersive experience, try Core’s orchard tours, tastings, fruit-picking excursions, catered picnics and cider and wine tastings – and for the little ones, there’s family entertainment and school holiday programs throughout the summer. Open 11am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
In the heart of Caversham sits the award-winning Funk Cider House. Opened by Dustin and Martin Michael (of Michael Brothers Cold Pressed Juice fame), Funk creates cider from fresh-pressed whole fruits grown in the Swan Valley, with no added nasties. Their rustic setting and farmhouse feel makes Funk the perfect place for a weekend drink along some small bites and burgers, and you can even pick up some of their 16 rotating beers and ciders to take home too. Open 11am to 5pm on Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 5pm during weekends.
Located on over 6 hectares of lush gardens and native bushland in Karragullen, you’ll find family run cidery Naked Apple Cider. Featuring a restaurant, undercover courtyard and gardens, visitors can enjoy a wide selection of ciders including fan favourite Cloudy Apple Cider, Pear Cider, and a unique Apple and Pineapple Cider. Naked ciders are best enjoyed alongside their menu of Italian-inspired small bites - and you can keep the fun going with takeaway cider flagons. Open weekends from 11am to 4pm.
A family owned and operated pear and apple cidery located on a beautiful third generation orchard property in Carmel, Carmel Cider specialised in ‘Methode Traditionnelle’ ciders made from premium quality orchard fruits. The rustic cellar door is furnished with crates and barrels to sit on, and is the perfect spot to taste their award-winning range of cider and popular appletini cocktails. Carmel is open for bookings for group tours, with tasting paddles of their cider showcasing the cidery process. The cellar door is open weekends, from 11am to 4pm, and delicious ciders are available for takeaway from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.
In the Perth Hills at Raeburn Orchard sits newly established cidery Roleystone Cider. Founded by friends inspired by the overflow of apples (and a love of natural crisp apple cider), this unique destination features a moving cellar door to suit the changing seasons throughout the year. In warmer weather, it is set up in the paddock outside or in the rustic packing shed; and to warm up in winter ciders are available to taste in the fruit shop. Roleystone provides free cider tasting, making the perfect accompaniment to their generous, homestyle menu. Open 5pm to 9pm Wednesday and Thursday, 11.30am to 10.00pm Friday and Saturday, and 11.30am to 9.00pm on Sunday.