“Colcombe House is surrounded by 8 apple orchards which are carefully nurtured to produce the red apples we all know and love that make the crisp and fresh Cider Colcombe House is infamous for”.
In the first part of winter, pruning takes place.
Once the leaves have fallen off the apple trees pruning takes place right up through until the end of March.
A few weeks after the end of pruning and as the temperatures increase our apple orchards get bud burst.
After bud burst you then get blossom. Sometimes the apple blossom is early which is mid April and sometimes the blossom can be late.
Blossom is the first indication of what fruit yields we will have for the year.
In the summer we manage the period post blossom which is called fruit-set. This is when the petals fall off and we are then left with fruitlets.
These fruitlets all turn into those delicious red apples which we all know and love that go into our incredible cider.
At harvest time we shake each tree for 10 seconds and if the apples are ripe and ready they will drop and are loaded into our trailer which is then taken to the cider press and then we are left with incredible fresh apple juice which is loaded into Vats and will end up as crisp and fresh ciders.
We believe that our apple trees once they have reached the end of their lives are destined for a better things.
So we teamed up with a local company to produce extremely high quality apple wood charcoal….