Orchard Hill Cider Mill
Inspired by European Cider
Orchard Hill Cider Mill was inspired by our love of the great cider regions of Europe. We wondered why New York, which has one of the premier climates for apples, wasn’t bursting with world class cider, brandy and pommeau producers. It was just a small step from that inspiring thought to the creation of our estate cider mill in the Hudson Valley. Our cider builds on the legacy of Soons Orchards, which has been farming and growing apples since 1910.
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Cider for Wine Drinkers
We make premium cider for wine drinkers. Our ciders tend be drier, since we make ciders that we would like to drink ourselves. We love cider that reflects the contribution of quality fruit. Our mission is to put our orchard in a glass! We work to let the apples express themselves by combining a very traditional and minimalist approach to cider making with modern winemaking techniques. The outcome is a range of refreshing and expressive ciders and pommeaus.
Family Owned & Farmed Since 1910
Since 1910, the Soons family has farmed the land in Orange County, New York. The orchards are farmed sustainably and have around 75 varieties of apples that are planted on 29 acres. The mix includes 60 varieties for eating and 15 varieties that are grown exclusively for cider. In addition to several rolling orchards, we have a mixed use farm with plantings of corn, peaches, tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, peppers and other crops that supplement the apple harvest. Come visit! We have a farmer’s market where fresh produce is sold and farm dinners are hosted. We also make all of our cider at the orchard and have a beautiful tasting room and event space.
"We make premium cider for wine drinkers. Our mission is to put our orchard in a glass."
Karl duHoffmann, Andrew Emig & Jeffrey Soons
Karl duHoffmann, Andrew Emig and Jeffrey Soons were equally inspired to provide an alternative to the homogenized “big beer ”cider that is most widely available today. Karl is a former Broadway “gyspy” and beverage industry veteran who began by asking why New York State didn’t have the variety of agro-beverage businesses he had encountered in Europe and ended by founding Orchard Hill. Karl is the marketing and sales partner. Andrew Emig, a business sales consultant and classical trumpeter, was excited by the opportunity to create an authentic, lasting brand of cider, and partnered with Karl, and then Jeffrey, to make that a reality. Andrew is managing partner. Jeffrey grew up on the orchards and practiced law in New York City before environmental legal battles and the lure of the farm drew him back. Jeff is now the facilities and production partner.